Fergie Debut Album – & Exclusive Mix
Written by Michael
October 29, 2010 10:00 am
Dynamite & Laserbeams is the debut artist album from Fergie, one of dance music’s most controversial figures.
Back when electronic music was akin to something from the last days of Rome, Fergie had the world at his feet and turned his back on it. Disillusioned with the superstar DJ lifestyle, he left behind trashed hotel rooms, nights in police cells (here and abroad), declined an invitation to be on Celebrity Big Brother, and left his Radio 1 show (with increased Rajar figures).
The intervening years have seen a new Fergie emerge – older, wiser, and at just 30 years old, with an enviable 16 year DJing career under his belt (he’d pretty much grown up in a DJ booth). The days of endless after parties left behind, he’s since spoken in the Northern Irish parliament, established DJ courses for underprivileged kids, and campaigned for better awareness about male suicide.
Fergie set-up his Excentric Muzik label in 2006 as an outlet for the deeper, techno style he’d been producing and playing in his DJ sets. With champions like Laurent Garnier, Richie Hawtin, Sasha, Digweed, Nic Fancuili, James Zabiela, and Miss Kitten, Fergie has released underground cuts including “Anon”, “Blackeye-P”, “Ireland” and “Maktub”, influenced by the artists and new styles he’d given exposure to on Radio 1 (including Sven Vath, Carl Craig, Drumcode, Adam Beyer, Mark Broom, and Phil Kieran, long before techno’s mid Noughties resurgence).
He’s spent the last 2 years working on his debut artist album, due for release in October 2010. ‘Dynamite & Laserbeams’ is an astonishing body of work; tough, rhythmic techno, electro funk, and leftfield electronica combine across 10 tracks. The album title reflects the cross-community bonds that were established within Northern Irish club culture during Fergie’s youth. Forget rival football fans coming together in the 1980’s via acid house, when it came to dance music as a positive social force in the UK, what the region witnessed was unprecedented.
On the remix front, he’s become an in demand name, requested to add his magic to Slam’s legendary ‘Positive Education’, Umek, U.N.K.L.E, Silicon Soul (‘Right On’), Smith & Selway, King Unique, and more. His DJ diary is packed with gigs at the worlds best clubs, including Pressure, Stiff Kitten, Exit, Circus, D:Edge, Ministry of Sound, and beyond.
One of dance music’s biggest characters is back with a bang.
‘DYNAMITE & LASERBEAMS’
EXCENTRIC MUZIK – RELEASED 25 OCTOBER
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