Electro-pop duo New Look walk the line between past and future, combining a love for analog equipment with a controlled, confident approach to songwriting. Comprised of singer/synth player Sarah Ruba (who also works as a model) and her husband, producer and multi-instrumentalist Adam Pavao, they began collaborating together after meeting in Toronto in 2005. A year later, after recording some demo tracks, the pair relocated to Brooklyn to be closer to the fashion industry, got married, set up a studio, and recorded their debut EP, How’s My Hair? Their minimalist sound, creative synergy, and fashion-forward personal style gained them a growing following over the next two years, when they began working on their first full-length. Recorded over the course of three years in Berlin, Brooklyn, and Hamilton, Ontario — with some time taken time off in 2010 to move to Berlin and finally, Toronto, as well as go on tour with the xx — their self-titled record arrived on !K7 in fall 2011.
So here’s an exclusive feature with New Look. They’re a great musical duo bringing a different kind of sound to the table.
Also, holler at their podcast here. It’s pretty luscious.
Last Wednesday Jimmy Edgar dropped his record, Funktion EP (available here for full preview and purchase in both digital and vinyl) on the new label co-run by Richie Hawtin’s M-nus corporation, ITEMS&THINGS. Edgar’s style on this release is fashionable with nice vocals from Edgar (as usual), while also being reminiscent of the classic rave scene, with an interesting modern twist. For any longtime electronic music scene fans, the second track of four, “Young Thing,” is a must with its acidic/tb303 feel.
One of our favorite things about the exquisite production of Jimmy Edgar is the fact that his melodies and rhythm are so uniquely his. Love his musical ability and hearing how he combines a banging, electronic dance floor sound with catchy, very human feeling synth jams. We’ve seen many changes from Edgar as he has developed as an artist, but one thing is for certain: he is unstoppable with whatever instrument he touches.
Jimmy’s favorite DJ from Detroit, Magda, lets this one go on her label (with partners RunStopRestore) and will sure be one of the sweat sexed designs of ’09 to hit & bloody the dancefloor. “Funktion of your Love” features two remixes, one by Seth Troxler and a rare acid washed Plus Device affiliated B-side called “Young Thing”. The main track is instrumental and although the vox didnt make the cut, we will be releasing that version for free shortly after it comes out.
“Funktion of your Love” has gone through a plethora of generations including a cover by New Look (Adam Pavao & Sara Ruba). Its origins lie in a vocal pop track by Jimmy which is featured on the creatively delayed ‘Deeper’ LP which is still in production and looking to see the light of day this Autumn 2009.
Jimmy Edgar once again embarks on a late September 09 European tour. Contact littlebig Agency to book DJ Jimmy Edgar or his new EUROvision Live performance as we are looking for more cities to infiltrate. Some cities include Riga, Berlin, London, Hamburg, Vilnius and more.
If you want Jimmy, contact a promoter to contact his people.
It’s New Look! Formerly “Jungle Talk,” here we have yet another project with interesting electronic instrumentals and poppy soulful vocals.
Jimmy Edgar helped with the production of the track by New Look, entitled “Function of Your Love:”
In addition to writing the instrumentals, Edgar lent some vocals as well.
Live at Thugs & Hugs, The Legion, London, on 21st Feb 2009 :
“Make It Over:”
It’s Theophilus London baby, aka Thelonius Kapps. If you don’t already know, Theophilus is a hipster rapper–if you want to put him in a box like that–and his influences include Michael Jackson, Prince, KraftWerk, the Smiths, the Ramones, Coldplay, Quincy Jones, New Look, Lauryn Hill, Ace of Base, Post-Punk Era, Plaid, Boat Shoes, Disney World Paris, Camera Necklaces, Black Vintage Clothing, Red Stripe Beer and Chips Ahoy, Morrisey & the Flowers in his BackPocket. The music posted in this entry is all available on Theophilus’ Myspace page, but you would have to download and deal with .zip archives if you want to go that route. Besides, why not let us pick out the hottest selections from the digital releases for you?
On the label Normrex Records, the mysterious label which only has a Myspace page and a website that points to it. Also, we only know of a few releases from the label–and even though we have met the label’s owner, Travis Stewart–no word on when exactly in 2009 we will see some of the juicy releases we’re anticipating; for instance, the long-anticipated Machinedrum record, “Want to 1 2?” that has been discussed by fans since 2006.
At any rate, back to the discussion at hand. Theophilus is friends with Jimmy Edgar, Machinedrum, ie.merge and the whole Normrex crew. As a result, lots of the instrumentals on Kapps’ tracks were produced or mixed by our favorite Normrex artists. There are a few exceptions, but as a result of the Normrex relationships, Theophilus raps over a number of unique tracks (see below mixed with the photos. So, now it’s time for our standard photo and audio montage. Of course, some of these photos are press and others are taken by Jimmy Edgar, who is also a professional photographer as you might have noticed in our post about him.
“Forever Begins (feat. Common):”
“Die 4 You (Feat. Prince):”
Photo: Daniel Warrington.
“Starscream (Feat. Theophilus London):”
“Leader of The New School (Produced by EdIT):”
Machinedrum (left), Kapps (right):
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