Staying true to form, this latest EP from Dan Price’s Fracas Music presents an original and a remix which both stand up to the test. Each tailored to a different part of a set or kind of crowd, I’m sure many of us are going to find both tunes in our collections.
Misanthrope – Original Mix – has a jackin’ feel to it, with syncopated rhythms and a nice low slung vocal, perfect for that sunny daytime set out doors.
Misanthrope – Dave Brody Remix – brings forward a more moody tech house sound, suitable to those later night sets when you want the head bobbers to come away from the back of the room and start dancing like they mean it.
Both are available for preview on Soundcloud. And don’t be lazy, jump over to Beatport to grab these two right away. They’ve just released today, and you don’t want to be late to the party, do you?
Winnipeg has a substantial history of dj culture for a city of its size. One of the problems with it though is that, at times, it’s a little segregated with a number of different niches battling it out to reach a somewhat limited audience. That audience seemingly gets younger and younger (as geezers like me get older) and it chases the neon flash of a diluted “EDM.” That’s not intentionally meant to sound elitist but there are certainly a number of us who think this and we’re looking for nights out with much more substance.
That substance can be found in a relatively new monthly called SANCTUARY.
The organizers of this monthly have been around, djing, going to shows, and throwing parties for nearly two decades. They describe the night as a more intimate experience than your average club night with some of Winnipeg’s veteran and up-and-coming djs playing dub, broken beat, house, and techno.
The lineup for this month has some truly great talent, notably JOE SILVA, one of the house and techno pioneers in Winnipeg. As a solo artist and as half of TONEPUSHERS, he’s released material on Thoughtless, 7 Stars Music, Balanced Records, and a whack load of other labels.
We’re going to be treated to a set from Samo, who’s been behind the lens quite a bit lately and hasn’t played publicly for a minute. He’s one of the doods behind the now defunct Voules Random blog but keeping on top of things, sending me tunes to check out every now and then. The night will finish with a set from JUSTIN KACE, who’s also one of the aforementioned organizers behind the monthly. His grip on the atmospherics of techno should take us to new heights.
I’m also honoured to be on the bill this month and I’m looking forward to a deep dive into some house music. There will likely be a heavy dose of material from OFF RECORDINGS as well as some other jems from NURVOUS.
So, one of the grandfathers of garage and bassline house, ARTFUL, remixed the Melbourne, Australia band METALS. The result is a stuttering break under a grinding bassline.
Hearing this version, it’s kind of difficult to imagine the tune starting somewhere else. It feels natural. So much so that I’ve had it embedded in my subconscious for days. You see, we got the tune last week and I couldn’t get around to the post. After going through some flagged email I found this, pressed play and realized the track has been in my head since then.
The three-track Grandeur Boogie EP from VANILLA ACE digs deep into house music past while climbing into the future of its new sonics. Each track captures something a little bit different, but retain a lush and tasteful combination of retro stabs and rich basslines.
The title track, with its low-pitched vocal samples is completed with dark synth lines and a big hands-in-the-air breakdown.
‘All I Need’ takes us for a drive on a winding coastal highway.
Last we have what could be the standout of theEP. ‘Action 79’ and its stabs is a subtle throwback to the 90s house music, combined with bated flared and filtered horns for that 6:00 am lift every dark dancefloor needs.
OFF RECORDINGS stalwarts MAT.JOE deservedly earned a permanent spot in so many deep house enthusiasts’ crates with their combination of rich basslines and subtle hip hop samples. The Berliners are back at it again with a knockout EP. Spoiler alert: there’s no filler here, all four tracks (three originals and one remix) are sonically delicious.
“Showtime” starts the party with filtered Jay-Z sample which is eventually over-powered with some of the most deep, luscious kick drums ever heard on a dancefloor. “Hypnotic” focuses on an r&b vocal hook, chopped and sampled from a Syleena Johnson tune. It’s all mixed with a bassline so full of bounce it’s capable of cancelling gravity.
Next comes “Somebody,” a 909-infused instant house classic, perfect for that house that Jack built. Finally, on remix duties comes FORREST., who reworks “Somebody” with even bigger kick drums and low end to start an earthquake.
Here’s another massive release from OFF RECORDINGS. This three-track EP, features the Faceless Recordings founders of CLIMBERS, SILKY, and BARBER. Collectively their work stands on its own but together the tri-pack of house aficionados punch out a dichotomous day versus night paradigm that should leave you seeing stars, regardless of the time of day.
To top it off, JAYMO & ANDY GEORGE transport the beach side bike ride of “Frozen” into a black hole of swirling pads and peak hour darkness.
As always, if you’re not satisfied with the clips above, check the full-length videos below.
OFF RECORDINGS presses yet another impressive collection of tracks in this new installment, tapping into Brazil’s underground talent. Sao Paulo resident DASHDOT, who provides the single “Booty Clap”, a thunderous stomper with a deep low end bump to light any dancefloor on fire.
OFF family regulars, TAPESH & DAYNE S, who released the top seller Got To Live EP,are deluxe guests here, bringing their remix flavour with a calypso-infused bassline.
The second track from the land of caipirinha and futebol comes from production team RE DUPRE and ANGELO FRACALANZA. “L.O.V.E.” broods darkness in its depth and the Biggie samples put this one into position for one of the top tracks of 2013.
For full streams of these tracks, check out the ace videos below.