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Thursday, September 23, 2010

Get to Know Fantastic Mr. Fox Before He Plays With Jamie of The xx Tonight

Posted By on Thu, Sep 23, 2010 at 3:13 PM

Fantastic Mr. Fox
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Of all the less-than-desirable names in the UK electronic/club/bass music scene (and there are many), Fantastic Mr. Fox is easily among my least favorite. But when I found out Fantastic Mr. Fox would be performing tonight at Mezzanine with Jamie Smith of London indie band The xx (whom he also has been collaborating musically), UK funky tunestress Cooly G, left-field bass don Untold, and the Icee Hot DJ crew, I had to figure out what this Mr. Fox was all about. Apparently, the DJ/producer born Stephen Gomberg is a music maker on par with his better-known peers, who delivers his own brand of squelchy, left-of-center dance tunes for the betterment of our club experiences and home listening alike.

Gomberg earned a lot of attention remixing tracks for Untold, Zed Bias, and LV, but it's his original productions that sell me.  Around shifty dance rhythms, FMF wraps texture, ambiance, and moods of longing and desolation for an effect reminiscent of dubstep luminaries Burial and Zomby. Both his Sketches EP and his forthcoming, four-song record Evelyn boast this style with a sleek confidence uncharacteristic of such a young artist; his DJ sets are just as strong and well-crafted. Over on his SoundCloud profile, you can stream a mix he did for FADER magazine late last year, along with another set of tunes delivered earlier this year as a club promo. Mr. Fox recorded an excellent DJ mix for FACT magazine in June, too. It's taken off that website now, but you can nab it here. I suggest you check out these sets before he spins a fresh mix of inventive dance music at The xx's official afterparty.

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