The time is upon us once again for Damian Lazarus' Crosstown Rebels, hot off its centennial record release with a companion video featuring the man himself, to descend upon Los Angeles and allow every person who is going to cram into ExchangeLA on Saturday night to lose themselves.
It was but a year ago that we sat down with Mr. Lazarus and had him explain the ethos of Get Lost as bringing the classy underground house music he helped thrust into global consciousness to an above ground venue once a year in various cities around the world so that the denizens of fans his sound has accumulated can revel in the chunky, Detroit-inspired basslines and haunting velvety vocals that have become his label's trademark. At the time, Art Department (who had just released an epic Essential Mix for Mr. Tong) were popping up on many a musical radar, along with Jamie Jones and Lee Foss, who together form the musical Voltron that is Hot Natured, and the Visionquest foursome comprised of Seth Troxler, Shaun Reeves, Ryan Crosson and Lee Curtiss.
One year (and many Culprit Sessions at The Standard rooftop downtown) later and every single act above has a home on Resident Advisor's Top 100 DJs of 2011. This time around, it is the likes of Infinity Ink, Amirali, Fur Coat and Luca C who will be leaving their sonic foot prints on the City of Angels. Jamie Jones will be headlining this Get Lost (Hot Natured wasn't on the ticket the year before), and Art Department, Shaun Reeves and of course, Damian Lazarus himself all return along with local heroes Droog and Voodoo's Eduardo Castillo, who has seen a Crosstown release of his own recently.
EDM culture titan Insomniac is throwing their weight behind this party, adding another notch in their street cred belt with the the burgeoning underground scene here in Los Angeles. It's not all Avicii and Kaskade for Mr. Rotella's behemoth, and we're all for anything that puts quality underground tunes on new eardrums.
Personally, what was true last year has, thus far, held true again this year: there is no single party that unifies the scene more in LA. Period. Almost everyone who frequents warehouses, Los Globos, Dim Mak, Medusa Lounge, The Standard and everywhere in between for house music already has a ticket to this show. Throw in the custom designed Funktion One system that graces the main floor at Exchange and you have the makings for one hell of a night.
All of the links and info you need are below. We'll be at the show and will offer a write-up with photos...assuming we can find our way back. Getting lost has never been so good in Los Angeles.