Bot is of the future. The year is 2028 in the land of indastria. Humanity has been overtaken by outsiders from worlds beyond who control the minds and sounds for all mankind. Listen to the sounds escaped, from the mechanical resistance – ‘african mining’ & ‘indastria’. What we have here folks, is the new tomorrow.
Bot is Andrea Fratangelo, a UK based, Italian-born producer who until recently was a member of one of the biggest electronic groups of the past decade. Bot joins Neoteric and Astronomar to bring you Main Course.
Early support from: Teki Latex, Brodinski, Savage Skulls, Sound of Stereo, Fake Blood, Mixhell
1) African Mining
Bot – Indastria 2028 (Video)
Video by Sage Caswell for SOSONET (@SageCaswell)
Cover by Nick Arcidy
Every. Body. Pay. Attention…When the drum beats go like this! Two massive tracks jump early out of the gate, heading towards festival season with reckless abandon. We ain’t even gotta write this, cuz your favourite DJs are already playing this. But we will. These sound like how that new dance you can’t do looks. We love how both these records will be at home in the most underground of clubs, while also keeping the bodies in the bigger rooms moving. Authoritative track titles aside, we simply ask you to give a listen, but demand you pay attention!
Astronomar (Marlon Lumba), is a Los Angeles based producer, by way of seattle. Undeniably one of the most exciting new producers in electronic music, his originals and remixes have been heavily supported by the likes of Diplo, A-trak, Skrillex, Boys noize, Laidback Luke, Congorock, and many other incredibly rad dudes. Labels like Mad Decent, Dim Mak, Southern Fried, Discobelle and Top Billin have all paid attention. Now, Astronomar joins Neoteric and Bot to bring you Main Course.
Early support from: Clockwork, AC Slater, Autoerotique, Teki Latex, Botnek, Wax Motif
1) Like This
2) Pay Attention
Astronomar – Like This / Pay Attention (Video)
Video by Sage Caswell for SOSONET (@SageCaswell)
Cover by Logan Sturrock
I’m really happy to have met Marlon. We used to go to the same hip hop shows back in the day, and were both big backpack rap nerds. We didn’t really know each other then, but he knew my crew (shouts to the Boozehounds). We crossed paths years later, after he had finished school in Vancouver and headed to Seattle. He’d come up to Vancouver for shows and we got to kickin it. Then I found out we shared all this past rap experience, which was a trip. He was always making tracks, but then he started making house, and it took a while before he’d up and send them to me. When he did, I really heard something I liked, something that really complimented my tastes. One of the first tracks he sent, Playhouse, I really dug, and popped it into Ableton and added a few things to it I thought finished it off. That sat around for a couple years pretty much, and Marlon kept sending me more tracks, each one better than the last. I had been helping assemble releases for my Finnish crew at Top Billin, and sent my favourite ones for them to hear. The rest, as they say, is history, and Mar’s “Y’all Know” EP was released by the label last year (including Playhouse). Before that, and since we’ve been cold chillin whenever possible. Workin and bouncin ideas of eachother, and plottin schemes for releases. I had to ask him to join us at Main Course, as an artist, A&R and partner. He’s in touch with the music I love, and he also shares a similar encyclopedic knowledge of all types of music. There is no one in the world who’d come close to beating me at a game of ‘name that tune’, but he’d come damn close. Proud to call him a friend!
Sweet Sixteen 006 – Astronomar (As The Days Go By)
Although this list doesn’t accurately portray all of the musical phases i’ve been through, its almost more representative of moments or stages of my life. And of course some random stuff that stuck with me along the way. I give you..As The Days Go By
Wow, what can I say about GMAN. First off, he’s an absolute pillar of the Vancouver scene. Back in the day, all I hoped to accomplish was playing a gig for him. It was a real honor when that happened. He asked me to take part in the Redbull 3 style too, which was huge for me. As we got to know eachother better, I realized everything I knew about him was true, but there was so much more to him. His work ethic, and the way he treats people really inspires me, I don’t know anyone that works as hard. His ear for talent is always way ahead of the curve, you’ve never seen a wack DJ at GMAN’s parties. And it’s not just parties. He owns Timebomb, who distribute the best brands across Canada. Plus Livestock! And now Fortune Sound, Vancouvers best club, both for sound and bookings. How he does it all, with family and everything, I have no idea. He’s done so much for me, and everyone else in Vancouver over the years that I can’t even recap it in proper form. He was a big supporter of White Light series from the start, and even sponsored us to press copies of the first 20 mixes! I’m really thankful that we’ve grown to be good friends; it was great to spend a few days with him in Berlin and show him around my new city. Every time I head back to Vancouver, Fortune is my first stop. He was such an obvious choice to feature in Sweet Sixteen. I’ll never stop signing the praises for Garret Louie!
It’s virtually impossible to have ’16 favourite tracks of all time’ , but I tried to put 16 tracks down where each one represents a ton of other songs in a stage of my life. It’s a little journey in chronological order of when I can remember the start of my love for music until now. I tried to think of more timeless classics that I would listen to forever rather than music that I just dig now and maybe not 10 years from now. I give you.. Time Flies, Airplanes Crash
Bot is Andrea Fratangelo. An Italian gentleman living in London, formerly one half of popular production group Crookers, and now apart of this thing we call Main Course. He’s also a good friend, and a man behind the scenes of sorts for Main Course. I had no idea what to expect with this playlist, but I love the approach, and the result. Enjoy!
Sweet Sixteen 003 – Bot (Kid Icarus)
The approach I took with this Sweet Sixteen was trying to remember my personal charts while growing up, rather than recreating them according to what i now think of those bands and tracks. I present to you,
Zia Hirji is a great friend from Vancouver. For years now he’s been involved in the Vancouver music scene, DJing, throwing parties, and doing his radio show ‘Inside Out’ on CITR. We wanted to feature the Main Course crew first before we branch out to others. With that said, take it away Zeeaa!
Sweet Sixteen 002 – Zeeaa (I’m Sorry, I Can’t, Dont Hate Me)
With my Sweet 16 I wanted to put together a bunch of songs that serve as a sampling of what I listen to day to day. Some of these songs are personal favorites, others are just good tunes I listen to on a regular basis. The first bit starts off pretty sexy and R&B tinged basically music to get sexy to, then we get into rad post punk tunes, and there is a Coke Boys song at the end. I present..
I could make a dozen of these lists, and I just might have to, because theres no way I can make just one. I wanted to put a bit of everything on here. Some of them are a bit obvious. Some of them perhaps you haven’t heard, but these are songs that have really stuck with me in a big way…I give you:
Artist: The Slow Waves
Title: Underbelly / Undertow
Release Date: April 17th, 2012
Main Course is proud to unveil our first release from enigmatic band The Slow Waves. Recently acclaimed for their remix work for the likes of Crookers, Mary Epworth, and The Young Empires, this 2 track release is their first outing on the public stage. The Slow Waves’ sound is an ever evolving, synth-laden voyage taking listeners from the edge of the beach, to the edge of the galaxy. Underbelly evokes imagery of an cinematic night drive into the infinite, lead by a sinister bassline and arpeggios. Undertow feels just as at home on your playlist, as it would during the emotional climax of a movie. It’s the sound of bliss and wonderment; a minimal driving drum pattern with constantly building guitars and synths. Both Underbelly and Undertow are sublime, stirring pieces of mood music, and we are very proud to introduce you to the sounds of The Slow Waves.