Abacus, LAL, and Ivana Santilli. In the process, Moonstarr has gained worldwide acclaim for his music from veteran DJs such as Gilles Peterson, Rainer Truby, Laurent Garnier, Marc Mac, Derrick May, and DJ Spinna and from various publications like Straight No Chaser, XLR8R, Montreal Gazette and Exclaim, and has scored for the cult hit film Next: A Primer On Urban Painting.
Digging through dusty boxes of old cassette tapes, floppies and DATs, Moonstarr decided to compile some unreleased and classic joints from The Archive. This nostalgic look back reveals signature vinyl-only dancefloor jams praised by DJs and tastemakers the world over, as well as unreleased joints that are just now escaping Moonstarr’s studio walls.
Previous vinyl-only joints include:
Detriot: A deep house anthem originally released on Jazzanova’s Sonar Kollectiv in 2004. Misspelling intentional to connect back to tumultuous times of civil unrest in the city that birthed Techno.
Greed Remix: Sweat-soaked samba dancefloor stormer originally released on Compost Records in 2003.
Don’t Sweat It: Batucada Tech sounds originally featured on Portugal’s Grooovement Records in 2005.
The Recipe: A moody techno number originally released on Toronto’s Chair Records headed by Dan Lui in early 00’s.
Scarborough RT: Moonstarr’s contribution to the very first 12” released by PTR called Metropass showcasing the man’s musical obsessions, melting Hip Hop and Bossa Nova.
Unreleased joints hitting eardrums worldwide for the first time:
Take It Back: Deep Techno rooted in the turn of the century and thick with Y2K dreaming.
Running: A moody tribute to the broken techno sounds of late 1990s in proto-broken beat era.
Nasdaq: Quirky d’n’b tune created in response to the infamous dot com stock market crash in the late 1990s.
Marz: As the rover landed on Mars countless space dreamers followed its adventures by eagerly examining all photos beamed back to Earth. 3-D glasses were adorned to examine this foreign landscape. Hence, a soundtrack was born.
Moonstarr’s sound has continuously evolved with releases on such noteworthy labels as Sonar Kollektiv, Guidance, Twisted Funk, Planet E, Ninja Tune, MPS, Compost, Do Right! and on his own imprint Public Transit Recordings. He has collaborated on musical projects with indie soul, electronic, and jazz heavyweights such as Jazzanova, Recloose, 4hero, Ennio Morricone,
Public Transit Recordings
Founded in 1998, PTR releases innovative hip hop, future soul and electronic music as well as promoted music-makers
both locally and internationally. PTR artists include Moonstarr, LAL, Voice. Check out http://www.ptrmusic.com