Time for a another ToT! (finally)
Apologies for missing this last week, but a combination of nightmare children objecting to bedtime and a wife returning from travelling with work meant I was up to my eyeballs. Then life happened, and all of a sudden it’s a week later
For those of you who were paying attention the other week, I super-subbed for the mighty talented Rackabeat on Saturday night down at the rather charming Steam Crane, and had a wonderful time. Many beats were broken and breaks were dropped, or some such.
Still, shall we?
I’ve been a fan of Ugly Duckling for an age, one of my favourite DJ memories was warming up for them at Festinho in ‘10, and since UD went on hiatus Andy Cooper has been doing fine, fresh, and funky things with my Bristolian brethren, The Allergies. He’s also done some solo bits, including this East vs West Coast ‘unification number’.
Not sure whether Don’t Hold The Feeling/You? qualifies as one track or two (as the video pretty much goes seamlessly between the two tracks) but whatever it/they(?) are what a hellauva tune. Playing this one, you can pretty much feel the sun on your back whilst you’re listening.
Number #2 falls under what’d have been described 20 years ago as ‘intelligent Drum and Bass’. Photek’s T Raenon is a perfect example of the pared down smooth, glistening strings, tight snares, low kicks and ambient sound staging that exemplified the genre. I’ve a bit of a soft spot for this track as it was similar stuff from Roni Size and Reprazent that opened my then rather narrow little indie fascist mind to electronic music and DJing in general – I can’t quite believe it’s taken me this long to hear it …
Last one this week is another Facebook find, this time from some of the Whomp! crew.
It’s rare than I go ‘full on house’ but this week I’m making an exception. All Shook Up by Chris Malinchak is the kind of track I want to hear in a basement club at 3am with my hands in the air, whilst sweat drips down the walls – it’s all four to the floor, rounded bubbling bass and sliced up vocal samples (including a big lump of Give It To Me Baby by Rick James, unless I’m very much mistaken. Though it is run through some fairly serious effects by the time it makes it into this one)