Given the rich, sample-heavy weave of Fred P’s productions, the influence of mid-90s UK broken-beat is used to great effect throughout the hazy, jazz-infused jams of Codes and Metaphors 3.
The first in a three part album series finds Fred Peterkin once more donning his Black Jazz Consortium guise for housier, less dance floor-centric fare.
Finale Sessions take another look at recent instant classics from Fred P for Finale Revisited Vol 1.
For our second 2Q Report, Chris Miller showcases 10 mixes from 2012 that have stood out from the surfeit of free mixes on offer.
This week’s download is an exciting exclusive from the UNO NYC label: Fred P’s twilit remix of Fur’s “Cocoon.” Deep vibes await.
The same water that makes NY’s pastrami and bagels so renowned seems to affect our house music as well, as Fabric 63, mixed by Levon Vincent, catches a group of musicians at the height of their powers.
This latest batch of Chicago remixes — featuring Deadbeat, Fred P, Rndm, and Efdemin himself — doesn’t exactly reimagine the material as a Tavi Gevinson ensemble, at least one of the inclusions may turn some heads.
Ryo Murakami’s latest for Curle Recordings further cements his reputation with two stunning cuts of deep Detroit flavored house and an equally remarkable interpretation of the title track by Fred P.
The Incredible Adventures of Captain P catalogs Fred P’s disparate influences, both musical and those acquired during his world-spanning tours.
The line-up for Earth Tones 2 is as equally stacked as the first, featuring Black Jazz Consortium, DJ Qu, and the return of Levon Vincent.
For our 29th exclusive podcast, NYC’s Fred P (aka Black Jazz Consortium) mixed together a two-hour odyssey of deep house and techno. This one cannot be missed — grab it before it returns to the ether this Friday, November 26th at 10am CST.
While making the rounds at my local record store Semesters II on Strength Music caught my eye, not only because of its purple marbled vinyl but because its grooves were etched with the work of Jus-Ed, Fred P and DJ Qu.
While Fred is one lynchpins of the resurgent New York house sound, On This Vibe — fittingly on Esperanza, a Spanish label — goes back in time to classics like Sueno Latino’s eponymous hit or the “ambient house” of 808 State for inspiration.
01. Azari & III, “Reckless (With Your Love)”
[Permanent Vacation] (buy)
02. Reagenz ft. Fred P., “Keep Building” [Workshop] (buy)
03. Pangaea, “Why” [Hessle Audio] (buy)
04. TJ Kong & Modular K, “Venusberg”
[Four:Twenty Recordings] (buy)
05. Hot Chip, “One Life Stand” (Carl Craig PCP Remix)
06. Roni Nachum, “Guest Service Shalom”
[Fine Art Recordings] (buy)
07. André Lodemann, “Still Dreaming”
[Freerange Records] (buy)
08. Anthony “Shake” Shakir, “Arise”
[Rush Hour Recordings] (buy)
09. EQD, “Equalized003-B” [Equalized] (buy)
10. Brandt Brauer Frick, “Button” [The Gym] (buy)
With DJ Jus-Ed on permanent impresario/wood-cutting duties and Levon Vincent releasing a near-constant stream of contemporary classics, New York house’s flagship positions look pretty well locked-down as 2010 gets cracking. It’s a bit more of a tossup for the underdog slot. Fred P., whose Black Jazz Consortium long-player and singles for his own Soul People Music imprint were among 2009′s most coveted dance records, makes for something of an easy bet, though I can’t deny his talent at cranking out tense, minimalist house trips. And Anthony Parasole, who’s already proven himself a formidable selector, will almost certainly raise his asking price when his first solo production credit drops later this year. But I’m throwing my lot behind DJ Qu, the New Jersey man and former dancer born Ramon Lisandro Quezada. His latest, “Party People Clap” for Vincent’s and Parasole’s Deconstruct Music, has a whole lot to do with it.
For many listeners, Fred P. was one of 2009′s major discoveries. Less a young upstart than a veteran finally getting his due, Fred Peterkin has become one of the key players in New York City’s resurgent house scene. His affiliations with Jus-Ed and Move D — both of whom are contributors to upcoming releases on Peterkin’s Soul People Music imprint — hint at his elegant deep house style, but his releases for the past two years as Black Jazz Consortium have established his unique voice. Fred took off from working on his ever-expanding label and his own productions not only for an in-depth discussion, but to provide us with our 29th podcast as well: an exclusive two hour journey through the deepest house — including some unreleased cuts.
As “deep house” overtook “minimal” these past couple years as dance music’s catch-phrase du jour, a certain formula has become apparent. Slow down the tempo, loop a bass line, throw some jazzy pads on top, and add an intermittent sample of an African-American male voice saying “yeah.” Though there are some great tracks fitting the stereotype, it is hard not to crave some greater inventiveness. Fortunately, Fred P, a.k.a. Black Jazz Consortium, brings precisely this to his production work, of which 11 remarkable examples are collected on Structure. Throughout this CD, rhythms are complex, instrumental elements shift and alter themselves, and tracks otherwise develop over their durations.
Fred Peterkin’s chosen moniker for this and many other releases seems to take for granted a point that, for some critics and listeners in the world of dance music, remains controversial. Even more so than your average deep house record, the “New Horizon EP” has a lot more to do with jazz, particularly jazz fusion, than it does with European electronic music.