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The KDMS & Darshan Jesrani @Le Poisson Rouge, 9.12.13

From viral covers of Madonna songs to charting on Rolling Stone’s top 50 albums of the year, both The KDMS and Darshan Jesrani have public acclaims that are well-deserved for their respective musical and production abilities. Both are teaming up for a memorable night at Le Poisson Rouge, along with Arthur’s Landing and a DJ set by Artur8, that is not to be missed.

We were first introduced to The KDMS when their beautiful disco version of Madonna’s ‘Give Me All Your Luvin’ hit the internet and got some serious press. The duo, comprised of Polish producer Max Skiba and accomplished house and disco singer Kathy Diamond, made a splash with 2012′s disco gem Kinky Dramas and Magic Stories. Diamond’s vocals are a nod to an era passed, reminiscent of the disco divas of the 70s while Skiba’s beats are funky, slick and pull together the songs quite nicely. This is the KDMS’ first performance in New York, and with new material on the precipice for the duo, we’re likely to hear some KDMS favorites, a few of Kathy’s own solo hits, as well as some new songs from the group.

Darshan Jesrani has worked along with Morgan Geist for the past 15 years as Metro Area, an underground dance sensation that made waves with their debut self-titled album in 2002. Jesrani has produced for the likes of Tracey Thorn and had a sleeper hit with his remix of Escort’s ‘Starlight.’ Currently he is working on his own recording studio in a Brooklyn loft. He’s started his own label, Startree Records, and continues to produce and DJ solo as well as with Geist as Metro Area. His style of music was driven by a love of 80′s rock and nu-wave like Devo and Thomas Dolby, which has parlayed into a blend of funk and sensuality found in his music.

The KDMS and Jesrani will be joined by Arthur’s Landing, a band that record and performs the songs of the late Arthur Russell, and Berlin DJ Artur8, who DJs along with Max Skiba as King of Kong.

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Occupation Plan
Thursday, September 12th, 2013
10:30pm
$15 (advanced)
Le Poisson Rouge
158 Bleecker Street
New York, NY 10012 Map
Flora by Moullinex

Hailing from Portugal and currently based in Munich, Luis Clara Gomes spent the past few years running Discotexas, one of the most prominent nu-disco labels in Europe. In that time, he has also released several popular remixes for artists like Gigamesh, Cut Copy, Xinobi, Zimmer, Two Door Cinema Club and Sebastién Tellier as well as some original tracks of his own.

Flora, his first attempt on a full length album, is a fantastic piece of work and we urge everyone to take a listen. Gomes presents himself as an established producer in complete control of every beat in this release. He showcases an extremely versatile style within disco music, transitioning from the luxurious, jazzy mood of ‘Déja Vu’ and ‘Darkest Night’ to the space-disco bass lines of ‘Take My Pain Away.’

The album also includes a cover of the Michael Sembello’s iconic Flashdance track ‘Maniac,’ with vocals by no one else than Peaches. This release definitely has us looking forward to a future Moullinex’s appearance in NYC.

The entire Flora album was kindly made available for preview by Moullinex himself, and is out now on Gomma Records. You can grab a copy here.

Photo: Pascal Gambarte
The KDMS: ‘Circles’

The KDMS (Kathy Diamond and Maximillian Skiba) just released their new video, ‘Circles,’ an over the top make-up and glitter extravaganza that showcases performances by drag queens from around the world. The video fortuitously suits our current mood quite well as we’re still reminiscing over the glam-obsessed fun we had during the The Pines Invasion in Fire Island on Independence Day.

The single also features two great remixes. Mirror People takes the original disco track to a more upbeat, house sound, while Soft Rocks sees it as a jazzy deep house tune.

‘Circles’ comes out after their incredible first single, ‘Wonderman,’ and is part of The KDMS debut album, Kinky Dramas and Magic Stories, out now on Gomma Records.

The KDMS: ‘Wonderman’

When Kathy Diamond and Maximillian Skiba decided to promote their new supergroup, The KDMS, they figured there’s no better way to generate buzz than by creating a disco version of Madonna’s ‘Gimme All Your Luvin.’ Let’s be honest, it’s better than the original (sorry Madge)! For their new single, the British disco-diva and Polish producer worked together to please us with a true disco gem titled ‘Wonderman.’ Which, for lack of a better word, is truly wonderful.

So lovely to hear Kathy’s voice again after ‘Whispers,’ her collaboration with Aeroplane in 2008. We missed it very much!

‘Wonderman’ is the first single of The KDMS debut album, Kinky Dramas and Magic Stories, and it comes packed with a cover by Hot Chip’s Alexis Taylor and German producer Justus Köhncke. The album will be out soon this month on Gomma Records.