The pair’s demand to be taken seriously as a band (as opposed to the enforced anonymity of most techno acts, and something of a new concept for American dance producers) extended to incessant live performances, and Crystal Method’s increasing popularity both in the clubs and among radio jocks led to a deal with Geffen affiliate Outpost Recordings in 1996. The group’s debut LP, Vegas — an unabashed party record bathed in acid, funk, rock, and big beat hip-hop — appeared in mid-1997 and sold very well. The follow-up Tweekend was released four years later, and the duo inaugurated a series of mix albums, titled Community Service, in 2002. Third album Legion of Boom followed in 2004, and their soundtrack to the film London landed a year later. In 2006 they teamed with iTunes for an exclusive release titled Drive. The mix was made to accompany any aspiring athlete’s workout session and was re-released on CD in 2008 with four bonus tracks. In 2009, they released Divided by Night, the first album to be recorded at the duo’s state-of-the-art recording studio, Crystalwerks. A self-titled, fan-funded album — one that embraced their role in the development of EDM — arrived in 2014.
MPHD(Yung Klout Gang/Lights Down Low/Whatever Forever)
Bradley Exum, better known as the producer and DJ called MPHD, is creating a buzz that cannot be contained. Characterized by his self-described “Gastrobass” sound, a modern mixture of house and electro, MPHD’s work naturally takes on a life of its own. Until you’ve seen one of his DJ sets or been possessed into a dance frenzy by one of his meticulously crafted productions, you haven’t seen his power in the the musical underground. Living in San Francisco, he’s working to share his sound with everyone around him, and ensuring that it won’t soon be forgotten. With more productions to come, and more dancefloors to take over, MPHD’s proving to be one to watch out for.