Posts Tagged 'New York'

Review: Levon Vincent – Double Jointed Sex Freak

Label: Novel Sound
Catalog#: NS04


A: Part 1

B1: Part 2

B2: Part 3

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With sparse releases, Novel Sound has established itself as one of the most trusted labels for quality. Even though Levon Vincent keeps a slow output, he manages to always deliver records that for each and every one, sounds different from each other.

The ‘Double Jointed Sex Freak’ might for some be considered as just another record from a highly regarded producer of 2009, but considering the amount of originality of ‘Part 1’, the track itself will stand out for decades. Not only resembling lost days of house music, it also feels as an interpetation between the current state of house and techno – combined.

Strong beats, clear and energetic hihats with sparse use of programming fits perfectly to the vocal samples and powerful melody. ‘Part 1’ doesn’t require much to appreciate the dynamics of the track, as well as having the feeling of both being considered a bit as a dj tool, Levon manages also to make the track stand on it’s own.

‘Part 2’ is a bit more familiar with the previous work, although the atmosphere of the track is very unique. Keeping everything at a constant floating state, slow bassline and sublime and sparse percussion use, everything comes together in a state of hypnosis. The careful sense of knowing exactly what he is doing is clearly shown with this track. With ‘Part 3’, the pace gets dropped a little bit to make some room to breath and letting a more classic and heavy New York groove in. This being the track that feels the most as a club track, Levon manages to take all the elements from ‘Part 1’ and combine them in a different way – which is appreciated since this third part sums up this EP perfectly.

One of the best releases in a very long time.

Review: DJ Qu – Party People Clap

Label: Deconstruct Music
Catalog#: DEC-03


A: Party People Clap

B: Party People Clap – Levon Vincent Remix

C: Party People Clap – Fred P. & Ant Parasole Mix

D: Party People Clap – DJ Jus-Ed Remix

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DJ Qu from Strength Music, being friends and involved with everybody else involved with Underground Quality, Deconstruct Music and Novel Sound, his first release on Deconstruct was just a matter of time. His own tracks are getting strong support by Levon Vincent and Anthony Parasole, together with DJ Jus-Ed and Fred P.

Even though DJ Qu’s own sound might follow in the same direction as his friends, it’s only natural that the resemblance is there – what’s unique is that, even though being closely related to the labels he releases on, his own style and energy are always what shines through the most. His previous tracks are already well established by those who push things forward, and being in that unique spot between equal deepness and reduction, DJ Qu manages to fuse both opposites (depending on how you see it) to create a familiar, yet very new and fresh place.

The original mix of ‘Party People Clap’ is a very steady and the least sublime track of this release, bringing all the elements on an equal level, the melodies fuses together and it works very well that way. A steady rhythm creates a good groove, something that DJ Qu seems to have focused on.

Being under the hands of Levon Vincent for quite some time – the first apperance of his remix was back in June – Levon Vincent takes the idea behind DJ Qu’s original, but somehow manage to reduce the elements that felt as a deeper house track into a heavy machinery NY house track. Standing for something new, this remix seems more as an output of a new creative side rather than following his previous work on Clone, Novel Sound and Deconstruct Music. This fresh take seems even more natural with the upcoming Novel Sound 04 …

Even though Levon Vincent’s remix would very well suffice by its own, it’s fellow label owner Anthony Parasole and Fred P. who push things even further into new territory. Reducing everything into it’s bare elements, they create a whole new track that feels very strange and impressive – featuring elements established by all five participants of this release but executed in such style it’s unbelievable. This is probably what 2010 will sound like!

DJ Jus-Ed manage to create a remix that leans towards the more classic and calmer aspect of the original – this is what he does best and in his prime. His remix is necessary on a remix package as this, since it was the missing piece to create one of the best remix double 12″s in a very long time.

Do not miss out on this one!

Review: Vinyl Life – Vinyl Life LP

Label: Tape Theory
Catalog#: TT003-D

A1: Hot Sauce

A2: Hi Tops

A3: Bass Go Boom

A4: Electric Symphony ft. Nite Club

A5: Innovation – Sebastian Marciano Remix

B1: Like This

B2: Elevator Up

B3: Good Life (It’s More Fun To Compute)

B4: Future Beat

B5: Press Rewind ft. Uzimon

With extreme precision, know-how and old school equipment, the NYC electro group Vinyl Life releases their debut album on Tape Theory.

The aesthetics are something completely new, with a very freestyle oriented sound. Leaving a very esoteric movement within EDM in general, they manage to make something that sounds as something “anyone could listen to”. A playful and experimental attitude towards house, hiphop, electro, funk and freestyle; a mix of styles that might come even closer together with this album.

The first track starts out quite calm, keeping the funk intact, the other influences are more in the background here, heading towards a more purist hiphop-electrofunk mixup. The track doesn’t really mirror to the other tracks as well as the rest of the tracks do to eachother, but the sense of the wide range of influence shines through the excellent groove and vocal parts. A very playful track that shows the outset of one aspect of the album (electro).

Continuing towards Royal House, Strictly Rhythm and the linked styles, a junglist framework with resemblances to late 80’s Chicago house, ‘Hi Tops’ feels like a even more playful take on a little bit of everything in electronic music. A even more limp beat goes through the progression of ‘Bass Go Boom’, one of the more calmer tracks of the album – steady beats and a more refined synthesizer use feels more modern than the previous track. Excellent!

One of the best tracks on the album are placed perfectly as A4. ‘Electric Symphony’ displays a even calmer sound, building slowly into a atmosphere of electronics and futuristic funk, Vinyl Life makes a track that feels so confident and self-evident it’s almost funny. As for the hip-hop side of things, ‘Innovation’ is the track closest to the genre on the album. A bit of R&B as well as house is combined through their excellent synthwork and cocky raps.

The rap gets more central on ‘Like This’, which takes things down a bit, keeping a slower tempo and putting a more refined style on hiphop and electrofunk in general. ‘Elevator Up’, a track that feels a little bit as a filler on the album could have been left out, but does what it’s supposed to do, sum up all sides of Vinyl Life.

Ironically, the best track of the album is placed on the B3, a cool and highly electrofunk influenced track that shines through the entire album. The sound of the album gets even more clear with the last two tracks, featuring almost all elements from the previous ones.

All in all, this album might not be for everybody. One thing that’s hard to avoid though, is the fresh sound of it that has so many links towards techno, house, electro, hiphop, jungle and plain funk, it’s a bad idea to skip out on it.