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John Keys
Whos Afraid Of Virginia Tsedong?
Crosstown Rebels
  • •• Torturing Lines
  • •• Rumba Triste
  • •• A Caballo Por Manhattena

There are five key names in the Chilean electronic movement, there’s the well-known Luciano and Ricardo Villalobos, there’s fellow Rebels Dinky and Pier Bucci and last but not least there’s Dandy Jack. All of them have played a massive part in pushing dance music in the right direction over recent years and it’s testament to the vision of Crosstown Rebels to have 3 of the 5 artists on the label.

Dandy Jack (aka Martin Shopf) is a master of electronics and known for his collaborations, whether it be with Tobias Freund in Sieg Uber Die Sonne, Ricardo Villalobos in Ric Y Martin or with Jorge Gonzalez in Gonzalo Martinez, each project represents a different side of his personality and skill but with a constant link between electronic sound and Latin flavour. He’s recorded for labels such as Perlon, Cynosure, Playhouse and Rather Interesting and is a permanent fixture on the club circuit, regularly playing at clubs and events like MUTEK Festival, Panorama Bar (Berlin) and Fabric (London).

Andres Garcia is a classically trained composer from Geneva with a love for electronic music. In recent years he’s produced electronic music with artists such as Phill Quenum (Cadenza) & Lee Van Dowski for labels like Mental Groove.

The musical vision of John Keys is to take classical elements of traditional dance rhythms and put a modern twist on them. ‘Torturing Lines’ does just this, a 12 min odyssey continually developing, twisting and turning in new directions. On ‘Rumba Triste’, first heard on the recent Jamie Jones – Get Lost 2 album, the classical training comes to the fore in this incredibly detailed homage to a classic South American rhythm section. ‘A Caballo Por Manhattena’ features hyperactive beats, a steel guitar and harps amongst other things. It pushes the boundaries of electronic music – it is future techno!

Published: November 15, 2007