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Magik Johnson Makes His Mark with Debut Release for Potty Mouth Music – “Stand Up EP” features three original tracks with remix by Calvertron
CHICAGO—Taking a nod from tech-house heavyweights including Crookers, Jesse Rose and SIS, producer Magik Johnson unveils his latest trick for Potty Mouth Music with “Stand Up EP” (PMM029). In showcasing a range of deep, tribal and peak hour grooves, Johnson’s debut label EP reflects the diversity of his multi-decade music career. The result is three-track collection of original beats, capped with a jazz-inspired remix from UK electro-house producer Calvertron.
“I really wanted to make three tracks that were dance floor friendly and represented what I am in the playing in the clubs,” says Johnson, whose earliest deck days date back to the late ’80s, when rocked his own room at Manchester’s legendary Hacienda.
Since then, Johnson has gone on to establish himself as one of the most venerable artists in the business, blurring the lines of house and techno while remaining true to the nuanced complexities of each genre. Production stints with Cream’s Olympic label, New Order’s Pleasure Recordings and Manchester’s Paper Recordings collective all led to his launch of Shaboom Records, which developed into one of the world’s most respected dance labels.
Since relocating from the UK to Auckland, New Zealand nearly 10 years ago, Johnson has channeled the his darker influences from the Manchester music scene into his original production work, debuting his first album, Cardboard Journey, in 2005. The launch of his digital label, Magiktrax, coupled by his inclusion on Darren Emerson’s Underwater roster, led to releases on acclaimed labels including Made to Play, Saved and Curfew.
Now Johnson adds Potty Mouth Music to the mix with the release of “Stand Up EP.” The record’s uptempo, title track resonates with a synth-driven neurosis set to audibly prick peak-hour crowds. Pair that with the deep, rolling groove of “Make You See,” a late night, tribal-tinged cut framed by vocal chants and dotty bassline. Johnson drifts between the two vibes with “Boy Blew,” a steady track that gets a jazz rework from Calvertron. In melding his signature wonky basslines with horn samples and classic keys, electro-house and organic jazz find an unexpectedly smooth match.
PMM 029 “Stand Up EP” is now available for purchase exclusively on beatport.com for four weeks. Look for it to be available for purchase on iTunes by December 1.
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