The faithful follower of this blog and radioshow should have noticed our ongoing dedication for newyorker FaltyDL and his custom post dubstep/post garage/hardcore sound that’s currently shifting towards house, as his recent Photek remix showcased. Simon Reynolds might be borred with it all, but we’re still young and optimistic.
FaltyDL has mastered the revival of detuned/chipmunk vocal samples better than anybody we know of within dance music. He makes the over the top sound lush and sexy, going beyond the rhythmic quality of those samples.
New York’s Dubspot school of electronic music production recently had a feature between the man and Raz Mesinai (AKA Badawi, an old Helterskelter favorite), having them talk about Drew “FaltyDL” Lustman’s history as a flutist and upright bass player, as well as his use of Propellerhead’s Reason : Drew demonstrate his use of Reason’s powerful new NN-XT sampler—which now records audio, abstracting a Miles Davis sample into new dimensions, in part to sidestep legal challenges, but also to explore new creative realms. He and Raz go on to talk about the analog depth and character possible with sampling, adding a dose of production wisdom to your bedroom approach to music making, while keeping the process streamlined and simple.
Photek – Sleepwalking (FaltyDL Remix) – 12″ – Sleepwalking – Photek Productions (2011)
Om Kalsoum – Hakam Aleena El Hawa – LP – Hakam Aleena El Hawa – Sono Cairo (1971)
Hokus Pokus – House It Up (Track Mix) – 12″ – House It Up – West Madison Street Records (1987)
Bill Frisell – Two Arms – LP – In Line – ECM (1983)
Dieter Kaufmann – Herbstpathétique – LP – Herbstpathétique / Bildnis – Musikalische Jugend Österreichs (1972)
Disco Inferno – Scattered Showers – 12″ – The Last Dance – Rough Trade (1993)
Lisa Perez & Illusions – It’s Hot (Jungle Trax) – 12″ – It’s Hot – A&L Records And Productions (1987)
Vas Deferens Organization – Synaptic Sabatoge En Route To Satori – 10″ – Tilt? – Beta-lactam Ring Records (2001)
François Dufrêne – Batteries Vocales – 10″ – Revue OU 23-24 – Revue OU (1965)
The Tone – Save The Day – 12″ – Feeling Free – Bass Boy Records (1991)
Haira – Ma Vénusienne – LP – Le Matin Des Magiciens – Saravah (1969)
Octo Octa – I’m Trying – 12″ – Let Me See You – 100% Silk (2011)
As of late, the old Drum and Bass champion is attempting a come back. In the mid-nineties, Photek propelled DnB into another dimension, giving the genre a legitimacy it was craving. Alongside Source Direct, he shaped its future like few did ever since and before, but soon sought out other musical ventures (House music, film music scoring…). Sure there was a mid-00’s return to the roots, but it didn’t last, and soon, Rupert Parkes vanished again behind the doors of his hollywood mansion.
And suddenly, without notice, the first half of 2011 already saw the release of six new 12″s! One of the main dubstep imprint (Tectonic) even enlisted his talents to celebrate their 50th release.
So if the new music is a mixed-bag of house, breaks and DnB aesthetics tainted dubstep, it’s obvious Rupert is at least in touch with the current trends as he enlisted a handful of today’s bass music’s best producers. Indeed, those EPs have been graced with remixes from the likes of Boddika, Adisson Groove, Pinch and Falty DL, the last of which is a beautiful piece of quirky bass house for lack of better description. Enjoy!