In a breakout year highlighted by two EPs and an exhaustive global tour, the most significant shift in techno wizard Jimmy Edgar’s life was the launch of his new enterprise, Ultramajic. Part record label, design house, and metaphysical portal, Ultramajic (created in 2013 and managed by Edgar and creative partner Pilar Zeta), alchemically melds music, design, objects, and installations into a holistic multi-sensory experience. “We are exploring ideas about musical shamanism, digital altars, and meditation through color and vibration,” Edgar entices.
Edgar’s fascination with other worlds has never been a secret and Ultramajic marks a milestone in Edgar’s independence as an artist and his emergence as an impresario. “Ultramajic is simply our venture to solidify what we do. The art of collaboration has been lost. In the ‘Age of the Internet,’ we have seen artists become pioneers unto themselves due to lack of communication, and I intend to bridge a bit of that gap with Ultramajic.”
In addition to Edgar’s own EPs Hot Inside and Mercurio, in 2013 Ultramajic released singles by ghetto dub artist Aden (a Panorama Bar favorite) and Creepy Autograph (one of Edgar’s many side projects). Looking forward, Ultramajic projects and releases scheduled for 2014 include the highly anticipated Silicone EP by Berlin-via-Miami bass producer Danny Daze. Marked by a harder, more staccato rhythm, Daze’s Silicone EP (out February 17th), echoes Edgar’s own shift from the festive futuristic booty bass on XXX to the more abstract, jackin’ tech-house on Mercurio and hints at Ultramajic’s deeper direction.
Tying projects back to Edgar’s Motor City roots, Ultramajic is also tapping into the Detroit/Atlanta connection. “We are developing a brand new sound with several vocalists there,” he says. “Detroit and Atlanta are cities rich with talent in R&B and Hip Hop, and we have always considered R&B the core of our music.”
Other labels Edgar has called home include Warp, where he signed at the age of 18, Poker Flat, who released his 2002 single “We Like You”; K7! who released 2010’s XXX EP, featuring floor-fillers “Hot Raw Sex” and “Turn You Inside Out”; and Scuba’s Hotflush imprint who released 2012’s Majenta EP that included the “Art of Noise meets Timbaland” track “In Deep”, and the “Prince meets Frankie Knuckles” burner “This One’s for the Children”.
Transcendence has long been a vital force in Edgar’s life, guiding his ascent in music and art as he maneuvered between cities, relationships, and mediums. In Ultramajic, musician, artist, and unofficial warlock Jimmy Edgar has everything he needs to transport fans to worlds beyond our three dimensions and five senses. Ready to take your body, soul, and mind on a trip? Step to the front of the line, and leave your baggage behind.
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Jimmy Edgar @ Fabric - London, UK
Jimmy Edgar @ Bloody Louis - Brussels, BE
Jimmy Edgar @ Ultramajic Night - Paris, FR
Jimmy Edgar @ WOMB - Tokyo, JP
Jimmy Edgar @ Zal Ozhidaniya - St. Petersburg, RU
Jimmy Edgar @ Nuits Sonores - Lyon, FR
Jimmy Edgar @ Crossover Festival - Nice, FR
Jimmy Edgar @ Park Life - Manchester, UK