Friday, November 23, 2012

The Round Up, Vol. 7

It's been a long time, and I shouldn't have left you. Whether you're braving the I-95 corridor or waiting for the person in front of you to grasp the subtleties of airport security instructions, here's some tunes to shake you out of your tryptophan coma.

Noir Music Podcast November 2012: Tapesh

We start off this special Thanksgiving edition of the Round Up with an artist whose popularity has skyrocketed in the past few months - Germany's own Tapesh. Releasing off heavyweight labels like Defected, Noir, ALiVE, and Suara, Tapesh has garnered a sterling reputation for inventive, playful production that pulls from all corners of the musical spectrum. His taste for samples - from 90's hip-hop to funk and R&B - is second to none, making Tapesh's originals and remixes instantly accessibile and dangerously addictive. He's found kindred spirits lately in the form of Bunny Tiger's Sharam Jey and LouLou Records boss Kolombo. Their collaborations together have been shaking dance floors for the past couple of months with no signs of slowing down. This mix for Noir Music dips between heavy, industrial tracks and bouncy, upbeat house, punctuated by a fondness for hi-hat and percussive breakdowns. Head-bopping material for sure.

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Pete Oak: My Very First Mxtape

Next up, a new mix from Sleazy Deep's Pete Oak. A relative newcomer who champions the moodier, more soulful side of deep house, Pete Oak's anonymity has begun to fade with each successive release and remix he puts out. His most recent effort, the Slow Groove Sex Moves EP, was a powerful declaration of intent; that Pete Oak is here, and boy, does he want to romance you. A master class on meditative, emotionally compelling electronic music, the EP has been rightfully acclaimed and heavily supported throughout the house scene. It is very easy to slip into "cheesy" territory with vocal-based house music, but Oak navigates that line to perfection - not too over-the-top, but not too diminutive either. Tasteful is the word that comes to mind here, and while in theory that seems like an obvious goal for any artist, it's harder to accomplish than you think. There is nothing superficial or glossy about Pete Oak's sound, and his track selection on this mix reminds me a lot of David August. Great stuff.

A.N.D.Y. Mixtape Eight

DPC favorite A.N.D.Y. is behind this next mixtape, and per usual, the Belgian national does not disappoint. Boasting a tracklist with such diverse artists as Huxley, newcomer Navid Izadi, and Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, A.N.D.Y. truly makes an art of eclecticism. His mixing skills are on full display here as he weaves seamlessly between house and disco without breaking a sweat. Compared to some of his other mixes, this is a breathless affair with very little downtime or breathing between tracks.  Clocking in at just under 42 minutes, it's short but very sweet. It serves A.N.D.Y. well though, as I think this is one of the most complete mixes he's put together, both thematically and sonically. Take a gander.

Ian Pooley November 2012 Mix

Our last mix hails from Frankfurt native and musical chameleon Ian Pooley. A true master of reinvention, Pooley has never been content to idle in one sound or niche very long throughout his decorated career as a DJ and producer. I won't get long-winded with the biography - if you've never heard of him, consider this your introduction to one of house music's most forward thinkers. This mix is a true reflection of Ian Pooley - kaleidoscopic, complex, and subtle. Masterful mixing and track selection are par for the course here. Not much more to say besides listen for yourself. You can thank me later.


Happy Thanksgiving!


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