JIMMY EDGAR (DETROIT, USA)


< Warp Records / !K7 / Hotflush / Visionquest / Ninja Tune >


Lover. Fighter. Prophet. Freak magnet. Time-traveler. Musician, photographer and designer Jimmy Edgar is a wayward star-child streaking across the cosmic dance-floor. Endowed with a supernatural feel for futuristic funk, the Detroit native has been bleeping and grinding about the Milky Way since he was a teenage humanoid. While his peers were worrying about their grades and popularity Edgar was spinning alongside his hometown's DJ heroes and programming intricate beats that were unquestionably interplanetary communication disguised as dance music. In 2001 at the tender of 18, his hyper-sexed microchip stylings caught the ear of Warp Records, where he cranked out his brand of amped-up laptop funk for the next eight years, culminating in the full-length classic Color Strip. At 26, Edgar was shaking things up at German beat boutique !K7. "When I was 18 and signed with Warp, my next goal was !K7 for some reason. I believe I attracted !K7 to me through the 'Law of Attraction'. I think this is going to be an incredible journey." His next LP, 'XXX' was created on mostly analog equipment, finished digitally. Some recorded on tape. Some recorded frustrated, sick, broke, pissed off, in love.



Referring to other influences, Edgar adds, "I learned piano from black dudes at the Baptist church in Detroit. They taught me to extend my fingers and play from the heart." As for Kraftwerk, the Belleville Three and the rest of the early electronic pioneers he says, "Those guys were tryin to make Stevie Wonder more danceable. They were tryin to make Prince with that equipment. That is what I do essentially." What Edgar does essentially and very well is make your body move. Incapable of standing still for very long himself, the ever-restless Edgar is eager to take his musical peep show on the road this summer. "I designed 12 florescent neon tubes to make an "XXX" on stage." Ultimately, the best thing about Jimmy Edgar's intergalactic funk is that for all its mystical kink, it's solidly the kind of music you could easily imagine today's pop tarts making. If Beyonce, Lady Gaga or Fergie had any sense, their million dollar booties would have Jimmy Edgar on speed dial already. Although to be fair, Jimmy Edgar has already produced the likes of Theophilus London and Azealia Banks, together with his long-time collaborator Travis Stewart of Sepalcure and Machinedrum.



The year 2012 was a defining moment for the young artist – teaming up with Travis Stewart to form the futuristic bass-duo "JETS" – as well as debuting on Scuba's Hotflush Recordings armed with an album full of futuristic sleaze. Titled 'Majenta', this LP is a departure from his past sound. Each track is an aural manifesto, giving well-deserved nods to his varied musical influences. Close encounters with Detroit legends Derrick May and Juan Atkins, and his early exposure to Kraftwerk have all acted as lynchpins in the cultivation of his sound. In contrast with "XXX", which took five years to make, Majenta is more raw, more spontaneous and in his words, "more futuristic ... than my other music, which played a lot with retro, especially R&B." From the outset, Jimmy's flexing his Kraftwerkian muscle, with vocoder complimenting his own unadulterated voice and ‘80s synthlines bubbling away alongside jazz-funk keyboard riffs. From the raunchy and sexually explicit 'Take Me on a Sex Drive' ("windows down, legs up high") to the low-lit, hypnotic feel of 'Attempt to Make it Last', to the UK garage rhythms of 'Let Yrself Be', to the Kiss-era Prince vibe of 'I Need Your Control', it's clear that the postmodern is Edgar's domain. The Frampton-esque vocals of 'In Deep' close out the LP and further cement his enviable place in the intergalactic community. Spring/Summer 2013 will see Jimmy playing a number of live shows across Europe and the US, as well as his continued exploration into the world of LEDs and synchronized light technology.

In December 2012, Jimmy Edgar released a new heartfully arranged compilation "We Love Detroit" together with Derrick May, a carefully arranged mosaic of music and electric atmospheres from their hometown of Detroit. As a part of the official release tour, we are incredibly excited to have Jimmy with us for Trunkfunk Yaki-Da's 2-year anniversary.







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