Category Archives: Track of the day

Track of the day #54

So I’ve been on a holiday from the blog for two days and I get crazy threats already! Well, I seem to have no choice but to get back to postin’. The other day, my friend DDD reminded me of an old swedish joint as he posted an old mix. Years ago I started to look for exclusive swede mixes when roaming the shelves in stockholm dusty stores and found many treasures as remix culture was big there. Most of the time the mixes were just edits, sometimes great sometime just serviceable, but occasionally, you’d get prime nuggets such as this Stonebridge one of Paris Grey‘s “Don’t make me jack“.


Sten Olof Hallström AKA Stonebridge is a swedish producer and mostly remixer who’s produced hundreds of hits and remixes as well as launching the great SweMix remix service. It’s well worth checking his discography for unknown dance floor gems as he’s proven great skills in making tracks becoming “Tracks!”

Cheer,

Bertrand Delanowave


Why of the day!

Why do I like Juke? I guess because I like Chicago house! When Addison Groove did Dumbshit (Footcrab‘s B-side) two years ago, it was a revelation. I remember back then, I still was skeptical about most post dubstep music, but the review mentioned 808 and 909 beats, so I checked it out. It sounded like the most successful mutation I’d heard in a long time. I was already getting mad energy from the Chicago resurgence with Traxx, JTC, D’Marc Cantu & co, but this took me by surprise as I wasn’t that much into the faster Dance Mania joints, too hectic for my tastes, mostly. Addison Groove slowed down the juke to 135-140 BPM and put it on the map, making it mixing friendly in the most noble way : you can mix his stuff with disco, 135 BPM, the origin of all house! But going back a little, I can also see a few other loves of mine, like Miami bass, the quest for a fully accomplished track with nothing but a drum machine, dancing with your mind off and your body on, looking like a fool but not carrying the slightest as long as your feet touch the floor 135 times a minute. Spinn and Rashad are the current gods of juke/footwork (thanks to the attention Addison gave them), but it’s already going further then expected with the Shangaan electro going 175-180 BPM and embracing a similar minimalistic aesthetic, basically a testament to house’s versatility. Anyhow, here’s a closer examination to the phenomenon, a less subjective one. Be thankful, you got both!

Origins :

Speed it all up :

New style :

Shangaan style :

And this

Oh, and also this : from disco to juke back to disco!

 

Cheers,

Bertrand Delanowave


Track of the day #52

Fuckin’ A! This finally convinces me (if I even needed that) that it’s time to dust off those ol’ reinforced 12″s  in the club! If the Special Request 12″s from earlier this year were of any indication, this definitively puts hardcore back on the map (breakbeat and jungle as well, of course) for the (my?) foreseeable future! Wheez-ie is hailing from the states, but he seems to have been breast fed from Manix back in 1992, and he’s obviously been keeping up with the new stuff. It might be a little too intense or crazy for your average deep house fascist, but gimme anything more hedonistic than this this year and I’ll shut up. Looking forward hearing that on the dance floor.

Cheers,

Bertrand Delanowave


Track of the Day #51.1

Hmmm… Alright, I guess we still want to jack despite the saturday morningness. Well, I’m sure we’re all gonna jack tonight at the Violence FM show at the Nouveau Casino in Paris, so here’s a few teasers!

Violence FM is one of the most interesting french dance music producer, thriving in analog sounds, Detroit, Chicago and EBM roots, he’s graced a few 12″s on Jamal MossMathematics label, but the true gems of his discography lay on his Premier Sang EP and his upcoming Skylax release (check Confusion, genius!). Enjoy!

 

And here he takes us on a journey :

Cheer,

Bertrand Delanowave


Track of the day #51

 

Because we can’t rock the place every single morning and the friday booze sometimes needs to dose off, here’s something more mellow, waaaaaaaaaay more mellow. Nina Nielsen was born in Stony Plain, Alberta, but grew up moving between Norway and Canada. A writer and musician, Nielsen has recorded and collaborated with people such as Timber Timbre and Thomas Dybdahl. Love And Terror In The Wilderness is her first album and it is coming out on Biosphere ‘s (Geir Jenssen) own private label Biophon.

Cheers,

Bertrand Delanowave


Artist of the day #50

How does one stumble upon Shawn Shegog‘s records in 2012? One doesn’t. One either got those some time ago, seriously digging or seriously paying. So why then? Well, Shegog mostly was a singer, or at least vocalist on some Mark Imperial releases, his No Name ones, and he really did contribute to the edge those have. On both his solo releases, he’s simply manages to get everything right (with a little help from the Imperial cohorts) especially on the “Living in the dark side” dub, one version absent from youtube and such, one heavily involved in my DJ sets.

Little is know about Shegog’s history, so one can only speculate, but one remarkable aspect of both his releases is the unlikely and all to rare dark visual aspect of his labels, one that is all too much absent in Chicago house, at least that dark! Maybe Shegog was way too tormented for this scene and vanished, yet he left us with two gems and that makes him a Chi town hero in my book.

Cheers,
Bertrand Delanowave

PS : shout out to Acid Square


Track of the day #49 – File under acid #4

People familiar with my sets will probably recognize this. When I first discovered this some years ago, I couldn’t believe this wasn’t considered a classic, but I made my peace, played the shit out of it, and it now seems to have gained some new attention in this past year. Mark Imperial is a special case, a business man with a strong musical vision, at least for acid house : he got the basic structure pretty fluently, but what sets him apart from other acid knoblers is he indeed got a more musical sensibility with that then most. Probably more famous for his Laurent X‘s Machines and his 1985 hit “J’Adore Danser“, the cherry over the cake is this incredibly poetic track, a “She Ain’t Nuthin But A Hoe” that subtly makes the acid line run and turn every corner possible in the book, a thing of beauty with an infectious groove that possibly sounds even more relevant now than it did some 25 years ago!

Cheers,

Bertrand Delanowave


Track of the day #48 – File under acid lines #3

Another classic acid line. Eh… It’s actually more of a great 808 bass line, but who cares when it’s such a great track! Few people know of this since it’s one of the more elusive Chicago 12″s, one that will cost you serious dough if you wanna include it to your bag. Code 3 is a weird little unit responsible for three cool little tracks between 1987 and 1989 (1996 also saw an unlikely resurgence, but it is far from noteworthy), and apart from the somewhat famous Duane Thamm Jr. (countless collaborations with the likes of Denise Motto, Chip E, House Master Baldwin, Crystalite, etc, and his glorious Knight Action project), you won’t find anyone there that did anything beyond this project. And that is sad because Antonio Suarez Jr, Yolanda Colon &  S. Jammin-Lee have become heroes of mine, understanding so well the fundamentals of chi house and providing a coupla timeless underground classics that always manages to take the spotlight in my DJ sets.

Not acid but nevertheless balls :

Antonio Suarez JR also is responsible for the little nugget that Lisa Perez‘s “It’s Hot” is

Cheers,

Bertrand Delanowave


Track of the day #47 – File under acid lines #2

First there was house, then there was acid. In the grand scheme that acid house music is, Maurice Joshua or just Maurice was at the right place at the right moment when he released in late 1988 his genre defining “This Is Acid“. “I Got A Big Dick” is another favorite, but for some reason his third track from that same year seems to have slipped through the cracks of history, probably because it was only release as part of a european compilation and never re-issued. That is a mighty shame as “The Other Side” certainly counts as one of the deepest acid tracks thanks to an inhabited vocal and one of the most beautiful 808 line ever. I think that I’m gonna write about those lines a little in the coming days, but Maurice just had to come first. There you go :

Cheers,

Bertrand Delanowave


Track of the day #46

Back in the days, some of the best Detroit techno used to come from the UK, or that’s what we liked to think anyways. The likes of Stasis, Nuron, Black Dog, B12, In Sync and many others were at least on par with the motor city producers. One of the key factors surely was an early exposure to those sounds thanks to forward thinking record shops and distributors. One of those shops was the Fat Cat one, which would grow into the major indie label that it now is, even when the shop’s been now defunct for years. In this shop used to work Lee Grainge, a DJ and former music distributor specialized in electronic dance music, an occasional music producer (Ephebe, Original Vintage and Eagles Prey). After a few early record venture, Lee paired with the elusive Hazel Bligh to produce a couple of brilliant EPs under the Human guise. Over 15 years later those records still hold magic and direction, forgotten lore that should find its way into most techno and music enthusiast’s worlds.

Cheers,

Bertrand Delanowave