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Wednesday, September 1, 2010

That's My Jam!: Alex Ryan is Part Water, Part Everything

Posted By on Wed, Sep 1, 2010 at 2:25 PM

Alex Ryan's mean beard.
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I've just recently been turned on to the work of DJ/producer Alex Ryan. The San Francisco resident has been making original tracks and edits centered around disco, house, synth-pop, and other playful electronic sounds for nearly six years now, under the name Team Everything. While he still DJs under that moniker, Ryan has a new project underway with friend and musical collaborator Jasper Speicher. They call themselves Water, and this strange, upbeat dance track, "Kurt's Place," comes from the duo's debut album, which is still in the works. Check out our exclusive first listen after the jump.

Water - "Kurt's Place"


What I like so much about this song is that it borrows from a lot of different sources while never sounding derivative or uninspired. The bulbous techno loop that kicks off the tune is quickly joined by spoken/sung vocals -- sounding like a baritone Casiotone For the Painfully Alone or a less-sullen Arab Strap -- and a subtle, reversed synth melody that could just as easily be a treated guitar recording. Twinkling sound effects, ominous vocal coos, and percussion soaked in delay and reverb are introduced into the mix throughout "Place." All the elements help the production groove naturally; it never demands that you dance or sway to its rhythms, it just politely offers them for the taking. Tonight, you can find one half of Water DJing a more disco-centric set (like this one here) as Team Everything at Madrone's free, monthly Grow Up party.

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