The sun in Chicago has finally decided to show itself. Things are changing and summer is just around the corner; Winter has come to an end and it's time to move on to the next track. Moreover, the techno world recently lost a pioneer and godfather, Frankie Knuckles. I wonder what he would say about today's electronic music industry. The DJ is no longer known for his/her mixing skills and creativity with the crossfader. Their producing abilities now puts them in the limelight. This doesn't seem like a threat to the art, but things are just different from the days of Warehouse... are we "crossfading" into the next era? (yea, I know... cheesy eh?).
Starting tonight in Chicago, the birthplace of house, a group of DJs are trying to resuscitate the original craft with a tour across North America. The Apex Tour features a rotating roster of seasoned DJs, including Magda, Maya Jane Coles, Maceo Plex, Joy Orbison, James Holden, Michael Mayer, Danny Daze, Justin Martin, Tale of Us, and several others. This tour "aims to reconnect to the roots of dance music by celebrating the art of DJing." Stuck studying for exams (and a lack of $70 for the ticket), I'll have to miss the event tonight at Lacuna Lofts with Maceo Plex and Dixon. Their performance is best appreciated in person, but I hope they'll post the set online somewhere!
After listening to his set from Miami this year, I can only imagine what Maceo Plex will bring to Chicago tonight. However, I will bet on him playing his latest remix of Gus Gus - Crossfade. It's haunting tone, grainy bass sirens, and circling echoes make the track a powerful piece. Furthermore, I feel the lyrics can be seen as a subtle tribute (or nostalgia?) of mixing and working the crowd. I have yet to see his individual remix released, but Maceo Plex has slipped it in his sets in Miami and Germany with welcoming praise.
Below is his performance in Miami (his remix is around 43 minutes into the set, but I highly recommend listening to whole thing). Also, a preview of the track from Kompakt records.