Anthony Parasole is the Brooklyn-bred Ostgut Ton (OFFICIAL) artist and founder of The Corner imprint, which aims to evoke the grittier, tougher New York City of days past. Silent Servant (Official) is one-third of the now-defunct Sandwell District, and has since gone on to cultivate and distill his own sound through his production output and that of his label, Jealous God. We highlight two of American techno's finest for this edition of FOCUS.
Anthony Parasole should need no introduction to newer or longer-standing denizens of the New York Deep House and Techno scenes. A longtime employee of halcyon, friend of Levon Vincent and partner in Deconstruct Music, and a prominent figure with the underground house and Techno resurgence of NYC, Anthony’s acute selections won our ears right away, and he hasn’t let go since. Known for the deepest sounds of Techno and House and for gracing multiple dance floors home and abroad from Shelter to Berghain; and Djing regularly across North America & Europe.
Anthony had a breakout year in 2012 with his track “ TYSON" featured on the highly acclaimed Fabric 63 mixed by Levon Vincent also the Launch of his new label The Corner COR-01 "Tri-State" by Dj Qu & Nor'Easter sold out worldwide and then released "Atlantic Ave" by Anthony Parasole & Phil Moffa to highly critically acclaimed reviews on multiple online magazines in 2012. Then in 2013 seen the fast rise of The Corner in techno dominance as the releases came out each with high anticipation and highly recommended reviews to each release that resulted with The Corner landing on many year end lists including Resident Advisor’s top labels of the year ranked at number 8.
Born and raised in Brooklyn, Anthony Parasole has had a lifelong love affair with electronic music. Listening to radio shows playing the early dance tracks from New York, Chicago, and Detroit that really perked up his ears. His earliest experiences at the New York clubs and Storm Raves really blew his mind wide open. Not content to just be another party kid, Anthony began scouring the record stores for all of his favorite tracks. From the late-80′s to present day, Parasole is also huge into hip-hop. His engulfment in this gritty New York street-music is an influence on his style to this day, not only in his music but the entire culture.
2003 to 2007, Anthony was a House and Techno buyer at the Halcyon record store. Through Halcyon, a real pillar of the scene in NYC, Parasole made many contacts, and of course, multiplied the size of his record collection by carefully selecting all the best records from the store. He threw the “New Jack City” party at APT with his co-workers at Halcyon, bringing in many cutting edge talent from the Tri-State area. This party really increased Anthony’s exposure in New York, and led to many gigs at bigger clubs including gigs on dance floors as Pacha Nyc & Cielo amongst many other venues. He then launched the "Deconstruct Music” record label with his partner Levon Vincent. DEC-01 “Invisible Bitchslap” by Levon Vincent sold out in 1 week, and immediately put the label on the map and had Hardwax and other influential stores are clamoring for more! Parasole also founded the once famed House-N-Home loft-party series with partner Bryan Kasenic of The Bunker, House-N-Home left a everlasting mark and a blueprint in NYC warehouse/loft scene.
Now Anthony has had Productions out on his own labels The Corner & Deconstruct as well as a solo ep for Marcel Dettmann’s mighty techno imprint MDR, Parasole’s ep “Off The Grid” sold out in 2 weeks that then seen Anthony join Ostgut Ton bookings in December 2013 and has seen him tapped to remix Marcel Dettmann’s Seduction off Marcel’s latest album Dettmann II the remix single ep is out on Ostgut Ton. Anthony Parasole has been basically a fixture in the Berghain for years pushing his raw hard driving deep outer-space sound that fans have come to know and love.
Silent Servant is a producer responsible for some of the most eclectic and innovative techno to have emerged in recent years. Part of an exhilarant creative resurgence in the genre, he is also the newest talent in the Sandwell District line-up. Along with Regis and Female, of the legendary English Downwards imprint, and NYC underground legend Function, Silent Servant has not only founded a new, contemporary sound, but also the support needed for the basis of a highly conceptual and uncompromising new label rooted in experimentalism and a semi-industrial aesthetic.
As a DJ, Girl Unit keeps close ties with these original influences more than ever as they serve to piece together the kind of sound his own productions reflect, as well as those by fellow label mates and contemporaries. A firm believer in the term “Club” as a unifying term for the kind of sound he provides, Girl Unit searches to draw connections from classic 808/909 rhythm tracks and club tools through to icey Rap/Grime/R&B instrumentals via US club tracks and more purpose-built material from the Night Slugs label. Since 2010 Girl Unit has toured across Europe, North America, Asia and Australia.
The debut Girl Unit EP, I.R.L, released on Night Slugs in March 2010 serves as a culmination of some of these regional club styles with panicked sense of unease. The EP opens with its title track, punctuated by hammer horror string stabs and descending sawtooths laid over the record's signature syncopated 808/909 percussion.
November 2010 saw the release of bombastic youtube hit 'Wut', again on Night Slugs, capturing Girl Unit's admiration in equal parts for airy trance atmospheres, pop melodies and all the production theatrics at the heart of the crunk sound. 'Wut' saw a remix from Dirty Bird boss Claude Von Stroke in 2011, whilst b-side Every Time was bootlegged with Ciara's 'Ride' courtesy of Kingdom and appeared on a split white label.
Remaining largely on remix duties during 2011, releasing mixes on Rinse, Hemlock, LuckyMe and UNO records to name a few, whilst embarking on numerous tours across the US, Canada, Asia and Europe.
In April 2012 came the double-pack Club Rez EP, 6 tracks focused around a more eclectic, functional club sound. Having replaced much of his original setup with analog equipment, Club Rez was the result of this shift in working style. Side A's Ensemble, Cake Boss and Plaza were all conceived as former drum machine jams brought to life with a pop sensibility, whilst Double Take, RezDay and Club Rez acted as a further development from the grandiose nature of the Wut EP.
Whilst taking time to work on a full length LP for Night Slugs, Girl Unit released the fifth installment of the Club Constructions series under the Hysterics moniker. The project was intended to act as a separate outlet for a more physical, dance floor focused sound, sought from a series of machine jams recorded with various bits of analogue equipment in his studio. Operating under the guidelines of the Club Constructions template, the Hysterics EP repurposes the sounds of heavy industry for the club environment.