10/10 Would Listen: RTRFM's Full Frequency
A selection of tunes we can expect up the upcoming Phase event.
RTRFM 92.1 Full Frequency's Craig Hollywood and Wil Bixler select 10 tracks from the realms of house and techno, to show the varied sounds these genres have to offer and give a taste of what you might hear at Phase - a night featuring Perth’s premier electronic producers and DJs taking to the decks at Northbridge’s favourite haunt for night owls, Geisha Bar, on Friday 29 May (event details HERE, click the picture below for tickets).
Theo Parrish - 71st & Exchange Used To Be
A man who needs little introduction, Theo Parrish dropped this phenomenal jazzy house number as a collaborative effort between his own Sound Signature imprint, Palace skateboards and Will Bankhead's The Trilogy Tapes label at the start of 2014. Such a big collab for such a big release.
Kyle Hall – Crushed
Lifted from his awesome debut full length The Boat Party from 2013, Crushed is essentially a rework of Zhane's Crush from 1997, but what a huge rework it is. Taking the original melody and beat, Hall sped them up to a housier tempo while adding many layers to each element. Burying the vocals deep in reverb, bitcrush and a number of other effects is the icing on the cake.
Boo Williams – Peaking Point
Chicago house veteran Boo Williams returned after not releasing material for around three years with a huge single for Rush Hour in 2012. Like so many other of the older guard, Boo is showing the younger generation how it is done, with this B-side perfect for a serious dancefloor, complete with classic pads, piano stabs and a choir thrown in the mix.
Palms Trax – Equation
The importance of a strong debut release for new label's in this day and age can not be overstated, and that is exactly what the brilliantly-named Lobster Theremin achieved through releasing Berlin-based Palms Trax's Equation EP. The title track is a driving house number, featuring excellent string and synth melodies. New-school house with old-school Detroit and Chicago influences at its finest.
Gesloten Circle – Submit X
Title track from an amazing album by anonymous Russian-based producer Gesloten Circle. The track takes what Gesloten Circle has been known best for to the next level; blending techno and electro influences into something twisted and new. Amazing breaky techno with incredible drum sequencing and a hypnotic, repetitive vocal sample. I just wish it was longer!
Blawan – What You Do With What You Have
Huge stomper from Blawan on the inimitable R&S Records. Whilst more formulaic then some of his earlier output, this arguably makes it more suited to being dropped during peak-time for a moving dancefloor. A pitch-altered vocal sample taken from Moodymann's Red Bull Music Academy lecture is teamed up with a classic 303 acid bass-line, deep synth stabs and rolling drums.
Trus'Me – Sweet Mother (Marcel Dettmann Remix)
From the first in a long series of remix EP's on Trus'Me's Prime Numbers imprint, German techno lord Marcel Dettman turns the original from a soulful driving house track into a go-to upbeat techno tool.
Skander – Dirge 3
Stomping lo-fi analogue techno from the San Francisco-based producer’s debut release on Delroy Edwards' LA Club Resource. Based around a blasting Roland TR-909 drum sequence, this is raw club music not for a dancefloor faint of heart.
Drexciya – Seaquake
Harsh, hard-hitting electro-tinged techno from 1992, courtesy of legendary duo Drexciya. Much more aggressive than the majority of their output, this one ties into the previous selection by Skander as they both feature a monstrous 909 drum sound, 22 years apart. The hectic, squelching 303 acid bass line in here gives the whole piece an almost unsettling sense of urgency. This huge track goes straight in from the start and does not let up from there.
DVS1 – Black Russian
Ending things back on a bit of a housier tip on this last selection, DVS1 coming through with a hugely affecting dancefloor anthem on Ben Klock's Klockworks imprint. The restrained progression of this track is immaculate, slowly building up elements of percussion as well as those glorious synth stabs, while maintaining a constant feeling of tension that is never really resolved. The ultimate emotional set closer.
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