Why release Jersey-inspired house when you can reissue the real thing? The “Meat Mixx” and “NYC Dub” of this Whitehead/Murk collaboration are compiled here, along with present-day remixes. The original NYC Dub is a transcendent example of American garage house - all vocal cutups, pristine piano, swung drums and organ steps.The Meat Mixx makes full-use of Whitehead’s powerhouse ( vocals. A1, the remix by Willie Graff and Tucillo provides an airier interpretation of the NYC Dub’s organ stabs and Whitehead’s soaring vocals, and adds a subtle acidic squelch. The Florian Kruse mix has a classic Strictly Rhythm vibe while Max Jacobson takes a deeper approach - looping a wordless sample of Whitehead’s vocal, but buoying the track with live-sounding bongos. Great release!
Purchase Under My Spell
Their status as LA’s premier live dance/balaeric/kraut/? band cemented, the group of talented producers and music nerds (Pharoahs’ core consists of former Amoeba employee Sam Cooper, Dublab dude Ale Cooper and rising producer Suzanne Kraft) make the move to fellow diviner Lovefingers’ label for their most realized effort yet. “Ahumba” is named after surfer Cooper’s dream beach in Zanzibar - and the song reworks windswept digital beauty of the Innovative Communications label for the dancefloor. Sublime guitar arpeggiations color the tropical tracks. “If It Ever Feels Right” is a live staple that never comes out quite the same - a testament to the massive amount of improv that makes Pharaohs such an exciting group. The basis of the track is a descending Juno 60 arpeggio - delayed uptown sax, a far-off pad and varied percussion fill this out into perhaps the most floor-friendly track on the record. The insistent bassline eventually ends up scoring some light jacking and zonked sax-work worthy of Roland P. Young. Island Time successfully focuses on rhythm rather than the synth acrobats of the other tracks, bringing the tide back out for this great EP.
This is the first full-length release for Amsterdam-based DJ/producer Shinedoe on her own Intacto label. True to its name, she has chosen a broad sound for No Boundaries -- one that is always focused on the dancefloor and is never predictable. This record can be seen as the yellow-bricked road right through all the sounds that defined her DJ sets in the past years. The result is a record where rhythmic tracks fluently take turns with organic-sounding jam sessions -- warm and jazzy, deep and funky. "Below" starts it all off with an irresistible minimal groove, a tempting bass line and a warm, soothing synth. "Bounce To This" features a more funk-influenced house sound, just waiting to rock dancefloors around the globe. "Jazz it Up" is a track like you've never heard from Shinedoe, but it leaves you concluding, "why not?" Deep drum rolls build around a funky housebeat and saxophone sample in an almost hypnotizing groove -- just try to stand still for this one. "Finding A Balance" also shows a side of Shinedoe we didn't know before -- it's as if she gave the extremely rhythmic productions from her past a stylish, deep house twist. "No Boundaries" showcases her first collaboration with a vocalist -- guest of honor on this unadulterated oldskool house track is Bumpy, aka Mr. J. On "Higher," produced under her Innersphere alias, we can hear Shinedoe doing what she does best: subtle percussion and airy piano-loops put together in an inevitable dancefloor bomb. With the atmospheric closing-piece "Just For Us," she underlines her border-crossing ambition; warm, jazzy grooves jut against headstrong minimal techno. A brilliant and accomplished release from one of dance music's most organic and future-minded producers.
SMITH & MUDD
Little did I know that the amazing 12" by Sorcerer that I had picked up earlier this year was by an artist living in my backyard! I had been initially attracted to "Surfing At Midnight" due to its fantastic Prins Thomas remix and the fact that it was on white-hot UK label Tirk (aka the folks behind the highly revered Nuphonic imprint), but I was further intrigued - who is/are Sorcerer? Well, it didn't take too long to find out.
Sorcerer's debut full-length White Magic was released in August and the SF Electronica section has been singing its praises ever since. The album is chock-full of sun-drenched beach vibes, slow tempos, wistful guitar melodies and gentle, rolling beats - basically everything I'm feeling in 2007. I finally met Daniel Judd - Mr. Sorcerer himself - recently, at Prins Thomas' SF debut earlier this month and got to tell him how great I thought his music was. He's a chill, friendly guy, not unlike his music unsurprisingly, and he introduced me to his partner Sam Grawe aka Hatchback, who recently released a fantastic 12" on SoCal boutique label Sentrall Records, and who Daniel collaborates with as Windsurf. Not long after we exchanged pleasantries, Thomas played a tune that was so great I *had* to find out what it was. Lo and behold - it was Windsurf's remix of "Us vs Them" by LCD Soundsystem, coming out soon on the Bunch of Stuff EP on DFA. Awestruck, I walked over to Sam and Daniel. "This is your tune?!", I gushed. They confirmed it, and it was then I knew I had a new favorite artist. I invited the duo to play a DJ set for Mandala, Amoeba SF's weekly DJ series, which they will be doing this Friday at 7pm. In the meantime, I asked them some questions via email; here are their responses: