This month sees the homecoming of FOLD (Rob Glassett) for his sophomore EP on George Fitzgerald’s ManMakeMusic label. Rob’s 10 years of house production technique balances on his knack for precise sampling and creatively manipulating those samples to find hidden rhythm. That philosophy applies to his “B2 – No Foolin’” and title track “A1 – Mr W00D.” In comparison, both tracks display a strong understanding of how far subtle changes in a mix can work for sample-centric tracks – rich, a warm filter glides across the nylon guitar samples in “No Foolin’” and crunches the vocal loop in “Mr W00D” to its limits, in these particular cases. Though after extensive road testing of these tracks over the past month, I have to say the breadwinner and crowd-pleaser of this record belongs to the B1 slot, “Keif Chugwin” (an homage to UK television personality, Keith Chegwin). The synth stabs are downright gnarly and ripe in delay effects, the kicks drive through your gut like a jackhammer and the ragga sample just kinda catches you by surprise, which is pretty great too. I’ve been playing this one everywhere recently, all with the same reception: “what the hell is this one??”. FOLD’s Mr W00D EP seems to have gone a bit unnoticed, which is a shame as the 12″ is soon to hit stores this month. You should plan on grabbing a copy while it’s still under the radar and firmly locking it in your record bag. These are 3 bombs waiting to go off.
Guest post by Jackson Ryland
Labor Day weekend has finally made it’s way here, putting the official cap on summer days and beach parties and ushering in Fall in all it’s glory. If you’re looking to get down, our crew has you covered with a pretty massive weekend on the horizon!
And if that isn’t good enough, here’s a mix from resident Caleb L’Etoile to get you in the mood for the weekend!
Brooklyn’s Aimes recently dropped a heater with his track “Burnin’”. The track, which has been getting love from BBC Radio One’s Annie Nightingale, is best described by Aimes himself as “think 80′s Hunter S. Thompson driving a speeding Maserati into the sunset.” It’s bouncy wash of synths in all their retro glory playing out like an italo disco track on steroids. Take a listen below and catch Aimes this Friday at Little Miss Whiskey’s with Blisspop resident, Caleb L’Etoile on support.
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Former U Street Music Hall Guest and shimmery disco mainstay Bit Funk released a new track yesterday. Unlike most of his tracks that sit somewhere in the 125 – 130 bpm range, “The Long Road Ahead” is a laid-back track that would be as much at home in a Euro Lounge as anywhere else. The breakbeat and piano have echoes of old school Bonobo, but make no mistake – Bit Funk’s glittery paws are still all over this thing. You can hear it in the processing of the vocal sample, and the crisp synth making moves in the supporting section.
Bonus? It’s a free download.
And if you like the whole “house producers make trip hop” look, be sure to check out Minus Music’s (side project from Matthew Kelly and Knick from Evol Intent) https://soundcloud.com/