Monday, June 09, 2014

Classic Peacefrog Mix by Marco Passarani

After recently celebrating PaceFrog records 20th anniversary, they thought that it was about time shared this mix of Marco's favourite Peacefrog tracks taken from PaceFrog extensive catalogue. We hope that you rediscover some classic gems that you may have forgotten and that it brings back some pleasant memories.

- Peace Frog Records -
Peacefrog Records is an independent record label based in London, United Kingdom. The label produces releases in many different styles of electronic music, as well as branching out into folk and indie artists such as José González, Nouvelle Vague and Little Dragon. The label was started by Pete Hutchison and Paul Ballard in 1991. After the Lodger 303 E.P., Ballard withdrew from Peacefrog Records. The record label subsequently released a number of techno records by artists including Luke Slater, Moodymann and Suburban Knight. The label has built up a following over the years, increased by the mainstream success of José González and has become synonymous for synching many of its recently signed artists music to film and television. Notable examples of this include the 2006 iconic Sony Bravia "Balls" (Jose Gonzalez) and in 2011, Twinings "Sea" (Charlene Soraia). Both artists enjoyed top 10 single success as a consequence. Jose Gonzales LP "Veneer" was certified Platinum in 2006 and Charlene Soraia's "Wherever you will go" certified gold in 2012 with sales in excess of 500,000. Other artists signed to the label who have enjoyed commercial success include Nouvelle vague who achieved sales of over 1 million worldwide over the 3 albums recorded for the label. Peacefrog is also an active and successful music publishing company.

Peace Frog Records website

- Marco Passarani -
Marco Passarani, one of the italian most revered electronic dance music producer and dj, has played a pivotal role in the italian techno scene since the early days, djing, promoting and running his Finalfrontier pioneering distribution and production company. Marco Passarani hails from sunny Roma, Italy and is the label boss behind the highly revered ’Nature Records’, ’Pigna’ and any Finalfrontier related record labels. His Finalfrontier production hub is, indeed, the axis for artists such as Jolly Music, Mat 101, Francisco, Raiders of the Lost ARP, Ambit 3 and Monomorph/D’Arcangelo amongst a host of others. Marco Passarani has played a pivotal role in the italian techno scene since the early days, djing, promoting and running his Finalfrontier pioneering distribution and production company. Since fifteen years, his journey into the electronic dance scene has always been in a central “behind the scenes” position, with his first productions coming out in late 1993 on Detroit based Alan Oldham’s ’Generator’ label. The following year he created ’Nature Records’ and his own distribution and production company Finalfrontier. Whilst releasing and promoting other artists on his own labels, he has also released various works (EPs, LPs, remixes, compilations) on a bunch of seminal labels of the like of Skam, Peacefrog, Clone, Rephlex, NovaMute etc. His sound has always been very emotional and dynamic, throwing in washes of any form of electronic dance music into a unique style that ranges from peak time dancefloor to introspective electronica. Surely, his more recent productions reveal his earlier influences more than ever: both signatures, Marco Passarani (Peacefrog) and Analog Fingerprints (Pigna / Finalfrontier) clearly show his passion for the roots of Detroit Techno and Chicago House. His ability to re-interpretate those genres, gave Marco the chance to collaborate once more with some of the most respected Detroit production team such as Submerge (the Finalfrontier record label is actually co-produced by Submerge). In his DJ sets Passarani spins classic techno into twisted italo-disco, electro, house and funked-up electronix in a fluid and contained groove, and lately he’s adding even more personal touch through newer technologies (such as Serato Scratch) playing a lot of unreleased tracks, beats and edits. Marco has played almost everywhere around the globe. Among others, he has performed at such clubs as AVALON (New York/USA), BERGHAIM (Berlin/D), FABRIC (London/UK), FLEX (Wien/AT), THE LOFT (Barcelona/ES), MAD RACKET (Sidney/AUS), PARADISO (Amsterdam/NL), REX (Paris/FR), ROTE FABRIK (Zurich/CH), THE ARCHES (Glasgow/UK), ULTRASCHALL (Munich/D), WOMB (Tokyo/JP) etc. Also, he has been invited to take part in some important events: 10 DAYS OFF (Gent/BE), ARS ELECTRONICA (Linz/AT), DEMF Fuse-In (Detroit/USA), DISSONANZE (Rome/IT), DISTORSONIE (Bologna/IT), FONDATION VASARELY (Aix-en-Provence/FR), PRIMAVERA SOUND FESTIVAL (Barcelona/ES), SÓNAR (Barcelona/ES), STEREOLIZE FESTIVAL (Paris/FR) and the STREET PARADE (Zurigo/CH), just to name a few. Alongside touring as DJ, managing his labels and producing music in the Pigna Studio (co-runned with Francesco de Bellis and Mario Pierro of JollyMusic/MAT101 fame), in the last few years Marco has been involved in some didactic projects, providing his knowledge and skills as teacher and tutor for kids and young musicians. Worthy of remark is his recent contribution to the worldwide prestigious Red Bull Music Academy. Toghether with Mario and Francesco, he hosts a regular radio show on the RedBullMusicAcademy Radio called “Dimensione Jack”, where he delivers his take on dance music, ranging from techno to italo disco, through chicago-house and moody sonorizations.

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