Review: DJ Loser – DJ Loser – Bliq
Bliq showcasts DJ Loser’s self titled debut as their 15th release so far. If you take a closer look you will notice that the label already was a platform for many talents that debuted their first physical release on. This time you hear 4 powerful tracks on the a- and b-side, with 3 original tracks and 1 remix by Seixlack. Rough and raw house sounds melt together with driving drums, a bit of acid and lo-fi sound design.
“Your eyes were telling me that you really cared” introduces itself with screaming pads that offer a lot of delay as well to clearly stand out from the very beginning. Dirty vintage drum sounds and cowbells integrate a certain roughness into the sound as a whole. Not too clean, not too rough. A lot of kick patterns come out as a quite dynamic foundation for the heavily filtered vocal that has a very own feel and sound. The squeeking strings in between could remind you of an old western movie as soon as it comes to the showdown in the desert. Speaking of deserts that’s exactly what the track sounds like: dry as a summer in the desert. “Untitled” follows up as the second track, mysterious sounds float through the background and build a nice tag team with bleeps and a shuffling acid chord in the foreground. This track has a more obvious power and is pretty much forward with his very rough drum sounds. As soon as the bassline drops in no questions remain, this track has something to it. On the b-side “I’ve got dis (But i can’t do it)” takes over with a nice trademark vocal that is looped over the track that definitely makes it to an earwig. Mystic pads that have an extremely wide range float unagitated underneath the vocal line and function as a nice connection to the energetic kick and hard drums. Vintage drum sounds seem to be a thing DJ Loser quite likes, but in comparison to many other producers he really is on point with balancing those sounds. As said before: not too clean, not too rough. Seixlack’s remix for “I’ve got dis (But i can’t do it)” closes Bliq’s release number 15th. A nicely done remix that is a bit more four to the floor than the original due to rougher drum sounds and an endless string that stays in the back throughout. If you’re into rough and raw analog or vintage sounding house that’s overmodulated this most probably will be your choice. But to be fair all 4 tracks have their particular sound, which is very edgy on all of them. Not the most easy house sound for sure, but a really enjoyable one if you give it a try!