XLR8R always makes an effort to cover music that we think is new and exciting, but certain acts have proven themselves to be especially adept at breaking the mold. The Innovators mix series, presented by Cigna, is designed to spotlight one-of-a-kind artists that we think are particularly innovative and unique.
The first producer we’ve chosen is none other than Todd Edwards, the Jersey native whose upbeat garage rhythms and pioneering use of pitch-shifted vocals made him a legend in the UK club scene and a highly influential figure, both at home and abroad. Even Daft Punk took notice, enlisting Edwards to co-produce and sing on “Face to Face” from the pair’s 2001 Discovery album.
Now residing in Los Angeles, Edwards continues to turn out feelgood house and garage tunes of his own, and was again tapped by Daft Punk to work on this year’s Random Access Memories.
For his Innovators mix, Edwards has put together an hour-long DJ session that not only includes several of his unreleased productions, but also provides a snapshot of where he’s currently at musically.
01 Todd Edwards “Detroit” (unreleased)
02 Rudimental “Waiting All Night (Todd Edwards Vocal Mix)” (unreleased)
03 Fryars “Cool Like Me (Todd Edwards Dub)” (unreleased)
04 Luxury “J.A.W.S.” (Method)
05 Mutya Keisha Siobhan “Flatline (MJ Cole Remix)” (Columbia)
06 Basement Jaxx “What a Difference Your Love Makes (TCTS Remix)” (37 Adventures)
07 Todd Edwards “Back to Chicago” (unreleased)
08 MBVT “Hoxton (Bambarra & Kiri Remix)”
09 Jeremy Sylvester “Amigo” (Urban Dubz)
10 DJ D “I Can Make It” (unreleased)
11 Lucas Rezende “Brasilidade (Delgado Remix)” (294)
12 T. Williams “Three Letters” (PMR)
13 TS7 “Charles Martel (Original Mix)” (3Beat)
14 Velcro “Let It Go” (unreleased)
15 Robert Lux “It’s All Love” (unreleased)
16 Cell Broco “Little Bit in Love” (Big Dada)
17 Spiritchaser “As We Fall” (Guess)
18 LHH “The Feeling” (LHH Music)
19 Dusky “Rise for Love” (Aus)
20 Wilkinson “Afterglow (DEvolution Remix)” (Virgin)
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