Jimmy Edgar never lets aesthetic fall to the wayside in any of his projects.
The Detroit-born, LA-based artist has developed a finely-honed style all his own, one that encompasses music, art and fashion alike. This has always been the mission statement of the one of electronic music's most diverse producers and he opened his account on a label that seemed like the perfect fit: Warp.
After two mind-bending albums there, Edgar released on labels like Nonplus, Items & Things and Semantica before settling at Hotflush for perhaps his most celebrated and most focused LP to date. If his second album 'Color Strip' was the electro-tinged, IDM record that saw Edgar experiment with his style, then 'Majenta' was the record where he truly nailed it.
Exploding with energy and a new-found sense of groove, this was the beginning of the Edgar sound we hear today. The LP was crammed with technicolor dance music like 'Sex Drive', the slo-mo cruiser that oozes groove, 'This One's For The Children', the mechanical monster that showcases a killer, robotic drive and 'Let Yrself Be', the sparkling dancefloor cut that feels like it was born it be filed under cosmic disco.
His major breakthrough though was founding Ultramajic, his incredibly singular imprint that acts as a home for the weird and wonderful to release. We've taken great joy seeing it grow and 2015 has been the label's biggest year yet.
It's just celebrated three years of existence and Edgar's championed a slew of new talent like Chambray and Lando. His Jets collaboration with Machinedrum made a welcomed and long-overdue return and he released the club-entrancing 'Let Me Tell U', one of our favourite tracks this year.
He's about to light LA up this coming New Year's Eve at Minimal Effort LA, alongside Danny Daze and J.Phlip and anyone who's seen the selector before, knows this is big.
While he throws down anything but standard techno, Jimmy's creativity and experimentation never distracts from his command of the floor. Last September at LA's weekly Prototype party, he followed up Max Cooper's live show and was pretty much the star of the evening. It's difficult to get the city's scenesters actually moving, but the dance was packed even after last-call for booze at 2am.
Jimmy has that eclectic and deep Detroit flavour, and clearly a strong Berlin influence, and LA in particular is eating it up. We can't wait for his album due out in 2016.
Once again, Jimmy Edgar shows he's one of the most forward-thinking artists out. We've been blessed with this crafted, colorful In Session mix and it's stocked full of exclusive material.
There's forthcoming Ultramajic music from Traxman, Keeno and Edgar himself. Listen below.
Grab tickets here to ring in the new year at Minimal Effort LA with Jimmy Edgar, Danny Daze, J.Phlip and more
Carré Orenstein is the Managing Editor at Mixmag - LA. She is on Twitter
01. Aphex Twin - Breathing Arp
02. Track ID* - Jump Up [unreleased]
03. Michael E - Teenage Hammer [Star Child LTD]
04. DJ Spookie - Reload (Jimmy Edgar edit) [Free Download]
05. Jimmy Edgar - Match Dos [unreleased]
06. Track ID* - Basic Number [unreleased]
07. DJ Jackmaster Charles - Down Low
08. Track ID* - Child Of God [unreleased]
09. King Cheetah - Wax On [Light Body Works]
10. Track ID* - Rhodayoh [unreleased]
11. Track ID* - Beat On Their Drums [unreleased]
12. Keeno - AJH [forthcoming Ultramajic]
13. POL Style - SQNTL TOM #1 [forthcoming Ultramajic]
14. Traxman - 1996 [forthcoming Ultramajic]
15. Faces Drums - Faces Drums 3
16. Crystal Bandito - Slick Brace [unreleased]
17. King Cheetah - Endurance [Light Body Works]
18. Track ID* - Zeus The Cat [unreleased]
19. Michael E - Race [Star Child LTD]
20. Track ID* - Cactus [unreleased]
21. Jimmy Edgar - Burn So Deep (Featuring D∆WN) [unreleased]
22. Track ID* - Garbage II [unreleased]
23. Jimmy Edgar - Hidden Green (+4) [unreleased]