Artists & Things is a booking agency outlet for the Items & Things label founded by Magda, Troy Pierce & Marc Houle.
In their words ''Items & Things are bits and pieces of uniqueness we come across. The label is a platform to launch the music that we love. There are no rules, just sounds we like and artists we believe in."
The agency aims to continue the label ethos by working with unique artists, representing their forward-thinking sounds as well as building strong relations with existing partners, and developing new relations along the way.
We also plan to work hard on our boutique Down & Out party series. Aiming to recapture some of the rawness of yesterday, the parties take place in underground venues across the globe.
Magda is an artist who can never be pinned down, no matter the timeframe or time signature. Any one of the Detroit-raised artist's DJ sets or productions breeds a rare feel of mystique and discovery. "I'm really obsessed with finding a line between things - between sounds and between genres. My influences come from a life spent in very different environments, which plays a huge role in the way I connect with music."
Dramatic sounds and eccentric basslines carry her multilayered sound, which veers everywhere from funked-out space disco to the intricately-programmed, metallic feel of Detroit to stripped down techno, all the way to Italian horror film soundtracks. The only thing that remains consistent is the element of surprise.
Marc Houle has been wowing techno-lovers for over a decade by creating seminal records that not only helped define the minimal sound of the mid-'00s but went on to transcend it with releases on labels like Minus and Items & Things.
Armed with hundreds of unheard tracks, this prolific producer creates a live performance that is constantly evolving night after night, in city after city, at clubs and festivals worldwide.
And there seems to be no slowing down for Houle. This year sees a slew of releases planned, starting with a collaboration EP with one of techno's biggest stars, Miss Kittin. It will be followed by another full-length on Items & Things in September, and undoubtedly more tracks on multiple labels as the year goes on.
'Zorba EP' on UK label WetYourSelf!
Catalogue number: WYS015
Release date: Dec 7, 2012
A2. I Uh You
B2. Oo oo
The Troy Pierce sound is one which has constantly veered from dense, layered and abstract to stripped down, acid infused and pulsing. His sonic palette is one that draws on a wide array of influences and reaches far outside the confines of the studio and into an otherworld entirely. Fusing techno with minimalism, darkness with light and heaviness with rhythm, this American has never been afraid to experiment in the outer regions of his vast musical universe.
"I like making and playing weird music for weird people - those WTF tracks that stick in your head as a sound from another dimension" says the man whose close association to techno bastion Minus has earned him a deserved and revered reputation during the years since first emerging. Looking ahead though, it will be for his own label, Items & Things (co-run with friends Magda and Marc Houle) that he is most known.
Click the image below for a 30 minute video of Troy Pierce's DJ set at Another Party, Shoreditch Studios:
Bruno is a truly busy man, being involved in three different projects including solo work as Bruno Pronsato, as well as side projects Public Lover (with his life partner Ninca Leece), and Half Hawaii, alongside Sammy Dee.
Check Bruno's exclusive podcast for Louche Music which you can check out HERE.
Bruno remixed a track for Cesar Merveille & Cesare Marchese:
Disorder vs Disaster EP I Cat.No PG05
Release Date: Aug 06, 2012
1. Disorder vs Disaster (Original)
2. Disorder vs Disaster (Bruno Pronsato Remix)
3. Disorder vs Disaster (Jin Choi Remix)
Danny Benedettini grew up with a strong love for punk rock music, horror films, and was fascinated by everything that embraced a sort of solemn gloominess. From dark disco of the 80's to the beautiful sounds of Palm Desert Scene and films produced by Lloyd Kaufmann of now.
His sound is refined, and always eclectic. The "Tell Me Quietly" debut on Items & Things spans the genres of disco-tech, techno, and nu-disco with an almost industrial underpinning.
IT019 Danny Benedettini "Sweet Lies"
Release date: 25 Jan 2013
Format: Physical & Digital
A1: Where Have You Been?
B1: Moi Moi
B2: Old Buttons
Digital Only: Trash Lovers
KATE SIMKO (Get Physical / Leftroom / Spectral Sound) - Live or DJ Set
"Chicago changed the dance world once, already, and will again if native daughter Kate Simko has anything to do with it. Born and raised in the city that house built, Kate's blend of old-school musicality and futuristic beats takes the heritage of house and pushes it towards a shining future." –Ibiza Voice
Getting her start stateside alongside Matthew Dear, Ryan Elliott, and the Spectral Sound crew, Kate Simko is a diverse musician who has carved an international career as a producer, DJ, live act, and film composer. She happily joins Artists and Things, where living outside of the box is a celebrated part of life...
Kate Simko | Lost In London EP
Label: Get Physical Music
Cat Number: GPM225
Release Date: 19 April 2013
1. Closer (Original) feat. Jem Cooke
2. Lost In London (Original)
3. Out Of Order (Original)
MADATO (Items & Things) - Live Act
Madato's secret weapon is a personal kit of self-constructed sounds and transformations while his main philosophy is not about making tracks, but rather creating songs from stories taken from his diary of dreams. With a knack for originality and a fearless attitude towards experimentation, this breakthrough artist is a hot item for cutting-edge genres and new markets.
As one of the youngest artists on the roster, Madato brings an open mind and a fresh insight to the label.
Listen to Madato's live set at Items & Things meets Get The Curse, July 14th 2012 in Barcelona below:
Signal Delux - Over It (Feat. Romy Kerr) EP
Label: Get The Curse Music
Cat. number: 28822
Release date: 23 July 2012
1. Over it (feat. Romy Kerr) Original Mix
2. Colliding Silver(feat. Romy Kerr) Original Mix
3. Demon Hipster feat. Romy Kerr) Original Mix
4. Over it (feat. Romy Kerr) Ana Helder Remix
5. Over it (feat. Romy Kerr) Madato Remix
We're very happy to have Nyma on board and look forward to working with this young and talented artist.
Energetic, positive and open minded, Nyma's creative abilities present no restrictions. His deep, groovy and twisted experimental modern dance music is shaped by the norms and forbidden fruits of musical expression past, present and future while simultaneously being inspired by various pallets of colors, frequencies, lights and other natural phenomena.
Listen to NYMA's latest release below:
Nyma | Kybernetik
Release Date: Mar 15, 2013
Public Lover are Bruno Pronsato and NInca Leece, two artists making some of Berlin's most personal electronic music. Each half of the duo is distinctive on its own: Bruno is an idiosyncratic techno artist with nearly a dozen records under his belt, and Ninca Leece is a French singer and producer who debuted in 2010, with a full-length album and the acclaimed "Feed Me Rainbows EP" on Bruno's label, thesongsays.
Together they make music that, stylistically, shares something with peers like Isolee or Thomas Melchior, but in spirit reflects a different set of influences: Blonde Redhead, Matthew Herbert, Bon Iver, Roxy Music et al. It's this synthesis that makes Public Lover so irresistibly compelling: electronic production with a songwriter's sense of sincerity.
Check out the duo's latest exclusive mix for Electronic Beats HERE.