LA-based producer Blake Robin (aka LUXXURY aka Baron von Luxxury) has been making waves for the past year with his controversial LUXXURY edits, a series of dubby, slow disco remixes highlighting buried gold in the original multitracks of classic songs, making the familiar more exciting by unearthing unexpected treasure. Launched in July 2013 with Madonna "Vogue (Luxxury edit)", the once-per-month series received immediate support from Greg Wilson, Psychemagik, Ursula 1000, Junior Sanchez, Goldroom and hundreds more. His "Hotel California" edit, launched at the top of 2014, injected new life into the ancient, overplayed classic rock song giving it a sexy, dubbed out beat and transforming Don Henley into a vocoderized robot. It was a runaway smash, attracting nearly 300,000 Soundcloud listens, ink from the Wall Street Journal (who published a front page article about him), offers from dozens of labels, and a major internet kerfluffle, all of which served only to boost Luxxury's profile and add to his mystique. Now the edits are more popular than ever - and, having been banned from Soundcloud, Youtube, Bandcamp and beyond, are only currently available at his live performances. For his DJ aka "Live Remix" sets, Luxxury remixes his collection of multitrack stems on the fly using Ableton Live and his trusty Akai APC40 Mk2, resulting in a one-time-only experience of mostly unreleased and totally exclusive Luxxury edits.
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Dubbed "The post-post synth pop king" by LA Weekly, L.A. producer/songwriter Blake Robin (aka LUXXURY, aka Baron von Luxxury) seeks the fine line dividing what is cool from what is deeply embarrassing. Having referenced Moroder and Steely Dan with equal respect on his last album "The Last Seduction" (Manimal Vinyl, 2012), he is currently in the studio finishing up his 3rd album, this time with a collaborator: Billy Caruso (Laco$te, Corridor) a part time Andy Gibb impersonator with a penchant for minor 7th chords. On the forthcoming new album, tentatively titled "How to Be Good", the new Luxxury sound doubles down on '78 California vibes, nearly eschewing synths altogether in favor of a smooth-yet-dance-able Rhodes-centric vintage disco/funk sound.
Videos from the 2012 Release "The Last Seduction":