Body Language
Busy saving the city from the brick wall arm crossing and the casual head nods, Brooklyn's own Body Language has risen from the DIY venue basements armed with the kinetic dynamite you would expect from the name. Their original music was born from weekly dance party remixes crafted by Merck Records artists Grant Wheeler and Matt Young, and graced by the soul stylings of Ms. Angelica Bess. Their efforts, which illustrate their arrival in Brooklyn, are delivered in a five track EP called “Speaks” now out on Moodgadget Records.

Since the EP release, Body Language has been burning holes in New York City dance floors appearing with the likes of Passion Pit, School of Seven Bells, Theophilus London, We Have Band, Ninjasonik and Jimmy Edgar. This beat-driven crusade continues with an appearance at the Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival featuring the Juan McClean, Designer Drugs and 33 Hz. Listeners should also expect some wonderful contributions from the trio with the hit, “Work this City”, appearing on Ghostly International's Nocturnal Suite, a free four-part 'Influences' DJ Set, as well as a “Speaks” Remix Compilation, featuring the likes of Toro y Moi and Machinedrum.

Originally coaxed to Brooklyn by fellow party-throwers, CassetteNYC and Percussionlab, Body Language quickly found a welcome soapbox from which they could yell loud and clear. Armed with synths, vocoder, glockenspiel, percussion, and three graceful voices, Body Language found themselves in demand at local events and parties. That demand extended beyond their own entity as a band, and they appeared as a live back up to Theophilus London dressed as 'the Lovers'. Body Language also served as production collaborators with Passion Pit for the inception of their debut LP, Manners. Body Language cut their teeth in the remix department, appearing on Passion Pit's “Chunk of Change” EP with a shimmering rendition of Sleepyhead (Landau Wake Up Mix) and Machinedrum's “Late Night Operation” EP featuring Theophilus London. Seeking to up the ante on their 2008 performances, the trio joined forces with Mickey Factz/T. London backing drummer, Ian Chang, during the turn of this year. The resulting quartet made what seemed already a locomotive electronic outfit into a sonic freight train of a crossover indie act.

These four body linguists are currently drafting up a five-track demo based on songs that for now, exist only in their live performances.

In a foggy New England town there comes a rumble from a poorly lit dive bar. This roaring bass comes from the only turntables in the village spilling out the Detroit, house, and electro pulse. This other-wordly sound draws in this young and curious crowd, inviting them to flail their bodies to the demanding rhythm. Behind these turntables stand a couple of fledgling producers named Matt Young and Grant Wheeler. Their pop remixes crafted for each week's set provided only a hint of their direction in this world of visceral music. However, once combined with the angelic soul stylings of Angelica Bess, a sound took form they could call their own, a sound as instinctual as their own body language. Just as they uttered their first musical words together, the sound of this small new england town started to fade. A new mechanical pulse came from the earth that was the sounds of New York City. With these city sounds, emerged a voice that spoke volumes of new influences. Body Language was quick to respond, and offered a five song EP aptly titled, Speaks.

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Body Language's sets on Percussion Lab