Andy [an-dee] noun: 1.a male given name, form of Andrea. 2. a female given name, form of Andrea.
Androgyne [an-druh-jahyn] noun: 1.an androgynous plant. 2.an androgynous person, as one who chooses unisex clothing. 3.a female pseudohermaphrodite. 4.a being of ambiguous sexual identity; one that combines major aspects of both the male and the female.
ANDY — a Los Angeles-based Emmy-nominated composer/producer — draws from deep roots in electronic, techno and synth-pop for this cutting-edge and very personal artistic adventure, a thoroughly unique fusion of EDM, house and trap music.
ANDROGYNE is an irresistibly fun collection of 13 dance tracks with obvious global appeal, a DJ’s dream custom-made for nightclubs, festivals, pool parties and hotels from West Hollywood to Paris to Palm Springs. Infused with a myriad of deceptively sophisticated musical references and a sly, sometimes even silly sense of humor, there is something more going on here. It is a thoughtful and positive statement made at our culture’s cutting edge, a celebration of diversity, acceptance and the entire LGBT community — and it drops us right into the middle of the conversation while remaining highly danceable, always entertaining and never preachy. Androgyne (the word) refers to a gender at once both feminine and masculine. ANDROGYNE (the album) joyously tells us that we are free — free to be anything. And ANDY (the artist) asks us one very important question:
The music of ANDY invites everyone to be proud and comfortable with whatever gender identification is natural for them, to promote tolerance and acceptance. When I accepted myself as neither man nor woman my joy exploded, my relationships deepened and my life direction became clear. To be true is to be free!
“Can’t we all just dance along?”
TRAKIN CARE OF BUSINESS by Roy Trakin
ANDY / Baby Review
Andy, “Baby” (iTunes):
Andy’s “Baby,” another DIY production, this one from one Andrew
Todd Rosenthal, the mastermind behind ‘80s synth pop outfit Martini Ranch (with actor Bill
Paxton), and, as Ice Berg, the rap genius of heeb-hop vets M.O.T. (and yes, disclaimer, I’m their
one-time manager Meshugge Knight). With a simple premise of sampling a crying baby, Andy
creates a dance-floor classic, the first song ever to use the title which is actually about an infant.
It’s delightfully creepy, worth of its own dance steps (picture someone rubbing their eyes like a
crying tyke) and a club floor classic in the making. Give it a shot and plunk down $.99 on
iTunes. You will get at least that much in grinning satisfaction. The man’s a genius.
"BABY / FUNHOUSE" REVIEW
You know him by any number of aliases. As Andrew Todd
Rosenthal, he was the auteur of Martini Ranch alongside
award-winning actor Bill Paxton, creators of KROQ rotation
mainstays “How Can the Labouring Man Find Time For Self-
Culture?” and “Reach.” As Ice Berg, he was one-half of the
groundbreaking Heeb-Hop group M.O.T., whose self-titled
Sire/Warner Bros. album produced such still-classics as “Town
Car” and “Emmes G,” their kosher homage to Chinese food
and java beans.
As ANDY, he’s now spinning chill/trance Chicago/Detroit house
music with this pair of soon-to-be club-floor classics. “Baby”
is the first song with that name to sample the sounds of an
actual infant, incorporated into a white-hot EDM smash
featuring its own musical nod to the “If I should die before I
sleep” lullaby. The sinister “Funhouse” offers a salacious
carnival barker with a come-on to a sinister side show that
doubles as a pole-dance anthem. “This is ridiculous!”
Ridiculously good, that is.