One of my all time favourite labels PLANT MUSIC, out of New York, consistently put out some great records. Their releases aren’t the type that scream for attention and although I don’t know anything about the label’s vision or philosophy, they seem to take a slightly different approach to music and its creation.
Their latest number came out yesterday, a long player from Plant’s founder Dominique Keegan and DJ WOOL who are THE GLASS. The album has 10 tracks of brooding house music that straddles the line between melancholy and an eternal sunrise. The tunes are by no means dark but there’s a haziness running throughout the record that offers a glimpse of light.
Here’s a cut from the Four Four Letter single that’s a bit different than what’s mentioned above – a remix by BLACK VAN who allows the sun to shine through the haze.
Here’s a bit of a rushed mix I did for THE SHAKE, a weekly radio show LOTEKand I do every Friday night on KICK FM. Lotek and I are both out of town this week, hence the mix. It starts off with a bunch of robotdisco jams and gets into some house-flavoured breaks and ends with nu disco and tech house.
It occurred to me on Friday that THE SHAKE has been running for four years now. I can’t believe LOTEK and I have spent nearly every Friday night together in the KICK FM studio since. We started playing mostly mashups and bootlegs but have run the gamut of dance music’s vast reach. (I’m proud to say though, we still haven’t played any trance! Ha!)
Here are the tunes from this week. The show is always spontaneous and as you’ll see below, the setlist reflects that. In other words, it’s a bit all over the place but for the most part, it’s all music that’s come to Manalogue. It’s also a cheeky way to to a massive post of material…
My mate over at PLANET SHHH gave love to THE GOLDEN FILTER last summer and since then, “Solid Gold” has been running through various playlists of mine. You know already know this tune but here it is again.
Here’s one maybe you haven’t heard yet however. RUSS CHIMES offer his take on “Solid Gold” and takes it to new robotdisco heights. He strips out most of the original sheen and replaces it with a thicker bassline and a faster tempo.
EMPIRE OF THE SUN appears on these pages a few times, as well as on countless blogs throughout the internets. The Golden Filter add their glimmer and shimmer to yet another track that’s been blogged and remixed nearly to death. The sparkly synth is a bit formulaic, but who cares – it’s so good. Except for the s-u-p-e-r l-o-n-g intro this track is perfect.