Most people do not take vacations often enough, some not at all. Quality vacations let us recapture that feeling of childlike exploratory freedom, which we seem to experience less and less frequently as we age. We can have fun without worrying about the familiar consequences presented to us regularly in life. Taking a good amount of time away from our daily stresses allows us to return to our lives refreshed and better equipped to handle whatever comes next.
The eastern seaboard’s foremost relaxation specialists have teamed up to compile this unique collection of serenity-inducing sonic arrangements. The audio program you are about to experience was designed with the sole purpose of relaxing the listener and sending their mind on a well-deserved trip. No airfare needed, no reservations. Simply settle in, relax and enjoy; Vacation from anywhere at anytime.
Body Language (DJ Set)
Fresh off the success of last year’s Social Studies LP—which earned the approval of everyone from NPR to The New York Times to The Guardian, who compared the breakout release to early Madonna, the indie disco of Prelude Records and “CSS doing an impression of Dr. Buzzard’s Original Savannah Band”—Body Language have returned with a new EP (Grammar, due out through OM’s Lavish Habits imprint on Sept ember 18th) and a full-length disc that’s set to drop in early 2013. Both of which streamline the Brooklyn quartet’s restless pop experiments with a future-shocked blend of soul and R&B.
Or as multi-instrumentalist/producer Grant Wheeler puts it, “Our world still exists in an indie-disco bubble; we’re just pushing the limits of every genre to a point where the bubble’s about to pop.”
That’s certainly the case with “Lose My Head”—a floor-filler that’s driven by late ‘70s funk licks and diamond-encrusted keys—and the rest of Grammar for that matter, from the soaring harmonies and glitter ball grooves of “The First” to the wobbly synth lines and Motown-schooled choruses of “I’m a Mess.” The latter is a perfect example of Body Language’s creative process, which often starts in the home studio Grant shares with singer/fellow producer Matt Young, only to be fleshed out even further with drummer Ian Young and singer/glockenspiel player Angelica Bess.
“Everyone has their part,” insists Matt. “In fact, certain people come to our shows to see different performers. I kinda like to think of it as a circus.”
Body Language’s outside projects make that circus even more interesting, from Ian’s live drumming for Matthew Dear and Angelica’s vocals on Sepalcure’s “Outside the Lines”, which was featured in the critically acclaimed film 'Black Swan' to Grant and Matt’s co-production/writing credits for such rising artists as Passion Pit, Machinedrum and Vacationer; a recurring collaborator Matt Young describes as “like Body Language if you stripped the R&B and soul parts out, took it down 30 BPM, and gave it a Mai Tai on the beach.”
And if that isn’t enough evidence of just how versatile the group’s sound is, consider this: their genre-jumping tour mates (Janelle Monae, Matt & Kim, Sia), and a run of blog-bait remixes that includes such diverse artists as Toro Y Moi, Nikki and the Dove, and Savoir Adore...
“Depending on the day, we’re either producing indie music, DJing house, disco and Detroit techno, or writing pop songs on the piano,” explains Grant. “We get the same joy and satisfaction out of losing our shit behind a pair of turntables as we do singing four-part harmonies.”
Terry Urban (yes, that is his real name) has been making waves throughout the DJ and mixtape circuit since he burst onto the scene. From Hong Kong to Houston, Terry has smashed clubs worldwide, and his now infamous mixtapes and mash-ups have received accolades from such greats as Coldplay and Jay-Z.
The diverse nature of Terry’s craft lies beyond music and in the greater world of art and culture. Terry’s semi-pro skating stint, art school and graffiti background influence his sound and can be heard through out his eclectic mixes that blend hip hop with punk with electro with rock. This flexibility has major corporations and records labels clamoring for him, such as Nike, Jimmy Choo and Microsoft, and has garnered the appreciation of celebrity fans, like LeBron James, Quentin Tarantino and Kanye West.
As a New York City resident, Terry rocks the crowd at the city’s best nightlife establishments, as well as monthly parties across the country and overseas. He continues to produce the most critically acclaimed mixtapes in the world and host tapes for the best up-and-coming artists today.
Like the tattoos on his arms, Terry Urban has engrained himself into the very being of today’s culture. He brings true artistry to every performance and ensures that every party is properly rocked. Just ask for him by name: Terry Urban.