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A Basement, a Red Light and a Feeling

Posted by Mike Battaglia, April 14, 2007 08:36pm | Post a Comment
This week I happened to receive new music by Elektrons, a Manchester-based duo who've recently released their second single, and it's one that has shot to the top of my chart - I've been humming it all week!

 

"Dirty Basement" features Eska, a vocalist who's worked extensively in the Broken Beat world with the likes of Bugz in the Attic and I. G. Culture, often the highlight of the songs she's singing, as is the case with the majority of Culture's vastly overlooked New Sector Movements album Turn It Up. She is wicked, and this is no exception. The staccato verses sound like she's channeling Missy Elliot a bit but once she really starts singing, it's purely Eska.



Elektrons
are also known as eclectic DJ crew  The Unabombers and throw an internationally-known club night called The Electric Chair (popular enough that they have their own CD compilations) that's been turning folks on to its varied music policy of fun, funky and leftfield dance tunes since 1995. Made up of Justin Crawford and Luke Cowdrey, the Unas both have a long history in music, with Crawford being behind jazzy downtempo act Only Child on Mark Rae's Grand Central Records as well as bassist for Madchester dance-rockers New Fast Automatic Daffodils (who are due for a major revival any day now - you heard it here first).






This tune. is. killer - check the Elektrons' MySpace page linked above to hear it. Any song with the chorus "All we need is a dirty basement/With a red light on" is going to naturally appeal to me (another lyric explains that "these are the only things that can keep me motivated". Me to a "T"). Singing the praises of dancing in the dark as a lifestyle might not be a new thing, but this is how its done properly and with style. It's part House and Disco, part Hip Hop, part Soul. Check it for yourself:



I completely love how it manages to be 100% contemporary pop but still bump and swing in the right places. Infectious.



Last year's Elektrons single, The Get Up EP, was an instant favorite of mine and in my bag for a solid year afterwards. I'd recommend checking out "Sunshine Love", a summery disco jam with a rubberband bassline and enough good spirit to propel multiple beach parties.

"Dirty Basement" is out now on 12".



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