Yo Landa Be Cool — New Artist

If Sylvester Martinez and Johnson Peterson, aka Yolanda Be Cool, were in the Carpenters, they would be singing “We’ve only just begun.”

For though 2009 was a massive year for these two, what with exclusively signing their releases to Ajax’s Sweat It Out label, their bookings to his agency not to mention their original productions and remixes receiving huge support from some of the scene’s biggest players, they are far from slowing down, instead going into overdrive in the studio to ensure that the year 2010 is one that is filled with their brand of party tech.

With their first original, Afro Nuts being licensed to Fabric 49, mixed by Buraka Som Sistema, Wax On, mixed by Fake Blood, MASHED, mixed by Miami Horror and Beni as well as Neon Essential Vol 2 mixed by Grant Smillie, Don Diablo and Ruby Rose, as well as an exclusive license to Herve’s Cheap Thrills label, released in April 2010, Yolanda Be Cool has quickly become a familiar name.

In AND out of the studio, for these two cats that have more experience than their time as YBC would suggest, juxtaposition is everything. Bow ties and converse. Hip hop and techno. Animal noises and nightclubs. Pretty girls and tattoos. Unused hotel rooms. Or in their words, “party tech.”

And it is to their greatest satisfaction that their midget/mini-house/batty house/ baile tech peers, such as Solo, Renaissance Man, Round Table Knights, Mastiksoul and Radioclit, have been the ones most willing to first lay props on their tunes.

And lay them on they have*

Renaissance Man – “Like the tracks a lot. Very much the sound of now!”
Solo – “Ill sound going on here guys. Dope.”
Radioclit – “Track is lovely!!!”
Mastiksoul – “Crazy shit. I like this.”
Round Table Knights – “Yolanda Be Cool for Presidente.”
*More feedback at back.

Having already remixed labelmates KillaQueenz, Oh Snap and Edu K, and having 3 of their mixes placed on the Sweat It Out Volume 2 compilation, as well as KillaQueenz placing their remix on their album, not to mention the radio (including Kissy Sell Out’s Radio One show and Sinden’s Kiss FM show), chart and compilation love that Afro Nuts, Holy Cow and Villalobos for Presidente have received, be warned, for these 2 have only just begun.

Out now is their collaboration with DCUP, the already popular, We No Speak Americano as well as a remix of Camel for Mowgli’s Deadfish label, a remix for Moveltraxx and a remix for Larry Tee’s DJ’s Are Not Rockstar’s label, not to mention their 3 track EP to be released on Sweat It Out! in April.

We No Speak Americano has reached no 5 on the overall Beatport chart and number one on the House Chart, added across the board on triple j and the most requested song on triple j, not to mention 235,000 (and growing daily) views on youtube.


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Ph.D. in Political Science, Kent State University. I have been the editor at NeuFutur / neufutur.com since I was 15. Looking for new staff members all the time; email me if you are interested. Thanks!

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