Feature | Philco – “King Of The 909 (Original Mix)”
As the popularity of house music elements rises in mainstream electronic productions, few new artists understand and incorporate its roots like DC’s Philco. The Roland TR-909 was released in 1984 as one of the first Roland kits equipped with MIDI, and it played an instrumental role in the rise of underground house music with use by innovators such as Daft Punk and Frankie Knuckles. Philco draws upon this influence in his new original, “King Of The 909,” which features a chilling vocal sample of Chicago house legends discussing the sample-based drum kit and the early days of house music. The track’s classic four-on-the-floor rhythm is driven forward by a spacious delayed synth melody and minimalist bass, and can easily be imagined spinning in a dirty underground warehouse of Chicago in the early morning. Philco’s “King Of The 909” comes to us via Edinburgh-based house label Prescribed.