Recent Records of the Week #45 // 2015
MARQUIS HAWKES – SWEET – HOUNDSTOOTH:
With his EP SWEET Marquis Hawkes delivers a superb 4-tracker on Houndstooth, a label we never recognized so far. When I Get Home starts this beautifully compiled record, an outstanding r’n’b vocal which is filtered and looped just in the right amount to hypnotize you and connect you to the groove. Crisp drum patterns produce a great vibe without being to intense, soft strings carry on the atmosphere and the great feeling on this track. This definitely ist the outstanding work on this record. At the Witness Stand is the second track and adds another facette to the release, pounding drums, a heavy bassline and shuffled vocals take you back to NY and also remind us off the late 80s hip hop tracks. On the flip side SWEET continues with progressive vocal sampling, the repeating “woho” combined with a sharp bassline make this one a solid peak time track that serves a nice old school touch. What a Relief closes the Ep with overpowered kicks and a lot of percussion use and the small sound snippets almost dance between the programmed drums to make this into a very powerful and strange track that could fit in-between in almost every acid house set.
Taken from the ‘Sweet’ EP. Buy 12″ from Houndstooth store and receive free WAVs upon release: http://store.houndstoothlabel.com/sweet.html | Download: http://found.ee/SweetDL
ALEX SEIDEL – MONEY $EX 04 – MONEY $EX:
Money $ex continues their legacy with releasing another sample based house record. Their fourth installment is Alex Seidel’ first release and adds another great record to Money $ex’ Catalogue. The Intro adds unusual sounds to the label, +encounter- is a synth-loaded ambient track that provides dark and suspect sounds. With Groove Attack as the second track on the a-side, things finally go in the known direction. Summerly chords supported by a funky bassline and perfect fitting strings generate a great feel good track that gets every dancefloor going. Smooth sample house at it’s best with well dosed use of percussion. Boogie Down Sessions opens the b-side and this breakbeat really carries you away. This is the exceptional work on Alex’ 12-inch. Warm patterns popping up everywhere, on point percussions combined with perfect matching acid sounds turn this one into a cosmic dream. The follow-up track Midnight Circle combines all the sounds we heard before into a playful midtempo sample-house track supported by acid basslines, futuristic patterns and looped vocals. The outro w.t.t.d., like the intro +encounter-, depicts dark synth patterns, with industrial sounds and jarring strings which let this record come to an argumentative end.
PREORDER: https://oye-records.com/sgl.php?id=138846&aplay=0 A1 +encounter- (Intro) A2 Groove Attack B1 Boogie Down Sessions B2 Midnight Circle B3. W.T.T.D (Outro)