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LA’s Overeasy Records – Keeping the Beat Alive Downtown

Originally established in 2001, Overeasy Records is a techno and house label based in Downtown LA. The label is partially headquartered in the backroom of the Local Leaf, a cafe/gallery on Main Street, in the Old Bank District. Both the label and the cafe were founded by Trace Martin, a [...]

By |2023-11-24T07:45:24-05:00March 16, 2012|

LA's Funky Sole – Where it’s at on Saturday nights

Funky Sole is a weekly funk and soul dance party that goes off like a bomb on Saturday nights at the Echo on LA’s eastside. Resident DJs Clifton aka Soft Touch and Music Man Miles, along with a rotating cast of guests, bring an eclectic but highly danceable exoticism to [...]

By |2023-11-24T07:45:24-05:00March 7, 2012|

Dub Pistols Main Man Barry Ashworth – the Crossfadr Interview

Musical party provocateur Barry Ashworth is well known as front-man for the Dub Pistols, a London band whose highly-danceable mash-up of dub, rock, electronica and hip-hop has taken them from the brink of multi-million dollar international success to the edge of destruction and back again. Ashworth is also a sought [...]

By |2023-06-05T08:53:12-04:00March 2, 2012|

DJ Pierre: Crossfadr’s Exclusive Interview with the Acid House Pioneer

As a member of the underground electronic dance group Phuture, DJ Pierre was an instrumental figure in the foundation of the Chicago acid house sound. Phuture’s groundbreaking 1987 single “Acid Trax,” with its high-pitched Roland 303 squelches, is widely regarded as the first ever recorded example of acid house music. [...]

By |2023-06-05T08:53:30-04:00February 24, 2012|

Genre Overview: Acid House

Acid House was first heard in Chicago discos during the mid 1980s. Like many things related to the genre, the origins of the name “Acid House” remain up for debate. One view is that the term was coined to define the electro-psychedelic sounds produced by the Roland TB-303, which was [...]

By |2023-11-24T07:45:27-05:00February 8, 2012|

Classic Album Review: Deee-Lite’s World Clique

Common wisdom has it that musically, the ‘90s kicked in a year late with the release of Nirvana’s breakout grunge-rock classic Nevermind. While that may be true where mainstream arena rock was concerned, those who were inhabitants of club-land at the time are well aware that the ‘90s started right [...]

By |2023-06-05T08:59:28-04:00February 1, 2012|

2012 NAMM Show: What’s New For DJs?

The 110th trade show for the National Association of Music Merchants, more commonly known as NAMM, took place last week in Anaheim and crossfadr was on the scene. The massive conference was held on three levels of the cavernous Anaheim Convention Center. Over four days 1441 exhibitors from around the [...]

By |2023-11-24T07:59:23-05:00January 25, 2012|

The Eclectic Selector: DJ Laroj

Roger Campos aka DJ Laroj is one of the more popular and well-respected DJs currently spinning around L.A. A longtime resident at Funkmosphere, a weekly funk throw down in Culver City hosted by Stones Throw recording artist, Dam-Funk, Laroj also plays lead guitar for the film soundtrack-inspired indie psych band [...]

By |2023-06-05T08:53:31-04:00January 6, 2012|

Classic Album Review: Tricky’s Maxinquaye

By the time he began recording his solo debut in early 1994, Adrian Thaws had already enjoyed moderate success as an MC for Massive Attack, performing under the name of the Tricky Kid. However, upon shortening his name and releasing Maxinquaye in 1995, Tricky established himself as one of the [...]

By |2023-06-05T08:59:29-04:00December 21, 2011|
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