Thursday, October 4, 2007
TF4: In the streets of Neuchatel (Speedy J and Morel)
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See the green above on the Ableton timeline? That’s Pannik from Speedy J. It is continuous throughout the mix. I overlay house on it. Morel and Deep Dish are the main ingredients of the house thread.
The result is surprising. It lends a new 4AM quality to the tracks, how do I know? I have tested it at 4AM.
Last week’s Neuchatel’s “fetes des vendanges” was a blast. Partying in the middle of the street, surrounded by old friends, new friends and a whole village definitely out to party in the face of drizzling rain, was an experience I will remember.
My main issue, apart from drinking way too much, getting older and sleeping one hour before getting on the train to Paris, was that the music started sounding seriously blah at 1AM. So I defaulted to my own sets on my iPod, dancing Tokyo style: in the middle of other people but with my own music. At around 3AM, I was invisible. I became shadow-man, actually wearing a red-hat black cap to protect from the rain and keep anonymity. The streets were still packed.
TF4 did the trick at 4AM, TF4 is driving beats with heavy melody.
On a more theoretical level, I am also trying to showcase an extraordinary quality of Pannik: how it goes well with almost everything, house, deep house, trance, anything, just like chicken. I wonder if it is due to the harmonic structure of its sonar sound? it goes “Dum dum da” you can’t miss it. Hope you get what I mean as you listen.
1- Pepper, Speedy J, 1993
1a- Pannik, Speedy J, 1997
Pepper I used to listen to on a cassette tape of the only Parisian radio that used to play techno in the early nineties. I have vivid memories of crossing the harvard bridge to get to my place from MIT and looping on this track. It has not aged well. I use the final synth melody of the track. Under it, the saturated sound of drums you hear is “Pannik” and provides a stark contrast. Don’t worry the beats will start melting with the rest of the harmonics down the road and I almost leave “acapella” here for you to hear it naked.
2- True, Morel. 2002
3- Cabaret, Morel, 2003
4- Funny car, Morel, 2003
Nathalie asked me to mix morel some time ago. It is good house music, in the melodious sense of it, with lyrics and all. Morel has had good longevity as an electronic artist which is kind of rare.
5- Marscarter, BLH3, 2002
6- Bass camp, Blair Bitch, 2001
We are now in Deep dish territory. The transition is lexical: True, the track above, was a Deep Dish remix. Marscarter is the Morel remix. These two tracks were on their Westcoast 2003, Yoshiesque II CD compilation. It was one of those light house moments for me, meaning times when I get a signal. Bass camp finishes accapela so to speak, a pure instrumental.
Which all reminds me that I need to remix Hulkonnen one day.
Hope you enjoy this, it will grow on you.
PS: Via comments, Gavin and Emmanuel on the second night.