Girl Crushing on Alison Valentine.

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Alison Valentine PHOTO BY JESSE DEFLORIO

This is a case of true love! In this edition of Girl Crushing, I have to send my girl Alison so much love.  As you might remember DIY with 11×11, and Kitsuné Pool Party she’s no stranger to ANA3ANA.

Based in New York City, Alison Valentine’s first single from her forthcoming debut EP is a light, shimmering, skip-along dance jam that feels straight out of a 2007 Kitsuné compilation; perfect for sunbathing on a very French beach. Produced by Chrome Canyon, the track is an example of the sort of lovey, summertime swirl that Valentine goes for. (It’s not shocking that, by day, the singer is a fleuriste whose custom creations are designed for Hermes, Oscar de la Renta, and Yoko Ono.) But being ostentatiously adorable is part of the point here — “kawaii” is a tagged influence on this track in particular — and it certainly serves the singer well in the area of nu-disco nonchalance. The single EP is expected to carry the single, which you can listen to below, along with remixes from Blood Diamonds, Chrome Sparks, and more. (Via Spin)

I must confess, Alison has become my muse lately. Her vibrant energy radiates on all those around her and just make you want to hang out with her endlessly. She’s the ultimate best friend, someone truly talented who fills a room with her sweet melodies and her contagious charisma. 

I love to skip and hop to her new song Curious, trust you will too, so go on and get lost in Alison Valentine’s world.

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…stay tuned to her future releases as this is a star that has yet to reach it’s nebula. 

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Electronic_Journal: Ash Rawson

This week we catch up with Ash Rawson, a fellow from Barnsley, UK with a dazzling taste in music. As is customary with these Electronic Journals an exclusive podcast is below, so enjoy, listen and share! I’ve also asked Ash to answer a Proust questionnaire  with a twist, of course.
http://soundcloud.com/ash-rawson/by-ash-rawson-for-ana3ana-com/s-aVNIU

A3A: What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?

AR: Been forced to do endless amounts of forward rolls whilst been chased by a group of angry mallards.

A3A: Where would you like to live?

AR: New York or New Zealand.

A3A: What is your idea of earthly happiness?

AR: The worlds leaders, dressed in leather, gathered in a derelict warehouse. Nile Rodgers would DJ and Red Stripe would sponsor the event.

A3A: To what faults do you feel most indulgent?

AR: I’m too competitive.

A3A: Who are your favorite heroes of fiction?

AR: When I was younger I wanted to be the red power ranger.

A3A: Who are your favorite characters in history?

AR: Ian Curtis. Joy Division.

A3A:Who are your favorite heroines in real life?

AR: My old maths teacher used to let us listen to the radio and she gave us Haribo sweets as an incentive to do our work. I passed my maths test. So yeah, Mrs Willett is a heroine of mine.

A3A: Your favorite DJ?

AR: My friends Dad, Chris Booth. Party DJ, weddings, etc. He once played New Order – Blue Monday towards the end of his set one Christmas eve. My dancing resulted in 3 lads giving me a black eye.

AR: I saw Moodymann for the first time the other week. That guys awesome.

A3A: The quality you most admire in a DJ?

AR: The ability to smile.

A3A: Your favorite virtue?

AR: I think it’s good laugh.

http://soundcloud.com/ash-rawson/by-ash-rawson-for-ana3ana-com/s-aVNIU

Electronic_Journal: PhotoClick

In an effort to promote electronic artists welcome to the new feature on ANA3ANA.COM where I share with you artist who are worth sharing.

The start of PhotoClick in electronic music began in 1992 during a session of Daz Sounds, with DJ Pierre and Carl Cox. From there he develops a constant curiosity for research of electronic artists and other art forms of musical expression. Detroit House remains one of his most influential styles, although its range spans countless trends. From there until today he’s traveled around Europe and Spain with his carefully curated sets and collaborated with countless artists.

Currently he’s at A&R- Flumo Recordings, he performs as PhotoClick, ANTIKOM and also as half of the duo T.W.I.C.E. where he collaborates with V.Rotz. You can find his Aura EP on Fluids, the FLUMO experimental sub-label, amongst others.

Personally, the way I could best describe his style is sessions with a very personal sound mainly minimalist base with Detroit and Latin influences, but always versatile surprises with gems of yesterday and tomorrow.

Here he explains in his own words exclusively to Ana3Ana more about his unique musical philosophy, be sure not to miss the exclusive podcast below the interview.

Hi Cristobal, give us a brief description of who you are and what you are all about?

I am a guy from the south of Spain, specifically Sevilla, and  a music lover in general. I am currently collaborating with Flumo Recordings in Spain and I am also half of the duo T.W.I.C. E. I  have non-defined style, when I put music on a set you can find deep, electro, techno, funk, disco, there are a lot of music types to be pigeonholed as one style, but I get to explore those  “other” genres through  sound for Antikom [another dj personality he goes under] which is composed usually of jazz , hip hop, indie, rock, chill wave, dubstep, ambient, drone, listening home, but above all I am very open musically.

When and how did you get involved with House music? What are the first tracks that defined and shaped house music for you, personally?

When I started DJing back in the 90’s and would play triphop, broken beats, and then made the jump to the techno music. I think it was also with age that the bpm ‘s of my sets went down. Getting into electronic music in general, where I live, used to be very complicated, now things have changed a bit for the better. When I started working it was all breakbeat, jungle and some goa, psytrance and people got used to listening and dancing, but you start seeing other artists doing parties and you start to hear more music, and my focus was investigating styles, artists, labels and since then I keep that constant, always thorough investigation into the music I play.

These are some classics which he referenced as tracks that shaped house music for him since day 1:

In the last year or two House music has had a massive reawakening, and widening in audience and seems like more and more people are just discovering it altogether, what do you think has made the sound more attractive/appealing to the masses?

Well, in reality what has changed more than the sound or the music’s appeal is the way we understand it the whole thing, making it a huge business.

What is the story of your music? If any?

It’s the way I have to express myself, are things that come from within…

What can we expect from PhotoClick next?

To capture my feelings through music and share it with you, I have no goals, only that you enjoy as I do.

So without further adieu let’s enjoy as you do Cristobal, with this brand new and exclusive podcast from PhotoClick.

Links:

http://soundcloud.com/cristobal-1

http://www.flumo.com/es/

http://www.residentadvisor.net/dj/photoc…

http://www.flumo.com/eng/artists/view/fl…

Electronic_Journal: DJ BAEZ

“Music is a medicine that’s good for anything” BAEZ

American born – Dominican raised, BAEZ is a Miami based DJ with a unique musical perspective which at times can be very dark but he so brilliantly compliments it with ethereal lyrics and proper mixing. One thing is for sure get ready to fucking dance & forget all else…

I discovered BAEZ during Christmas vacation when his mix CD was left in the CD player of the car I was driving around in. That CD went on to become my obsession for about a week and I listened tirelessly over and over and over and over again. You can find that mix here, and also check out his new podcast for BEESOUND here. They are both dynamite.

http://soundcloud.com/monomojao/baez-it-crumbs-down-to-his

If you would like to catch him live he’s a regular on the underground party circuit in Miami at venues such as Tree House & The Electric Pickle.

Trust me your in for a good time! Peace!

Links:
www.facebook.com/baezmusic
www.soundcloud.com/monomojao
http://www.beatport.com/artist/baez/168241

Electronic_Journal: Stretford Dogs Club

Let’s end January 2012 with a bang! It has been an amazing month for Ana3Ana.com with so much happening around the globe to talk about. Especially the enormous amount of electronic music being released that is overwhelmingly gooooood!

We are going to keep it short because now it’s time to listen:

Enjoy this mix from Stretford Dogs Club, a Manchester [UK] DJ and Producer who is talking it to new heights with his unique sound of Deep House.

Dogging in the Deep North Jan 2012

http://soundcloud.com/stretford-dogs-club/stretford-dogs-club-dogging-in