Dualit - Triton
Donna Chambray Loren (Falty DL) - Christ
Disclosure - Help Me Lose My Mind (Pearson Sound Vocal Remix)
Special Request - Wall to Wall
Addison Groove - Forgiven
Sophie - Bipp
Marcel Dettmann - Throb
REVIEW: Tapirus 'Trying to Make Something of Life'
As far as I know Tapirus is a newcomer to the techno gauntlet, mainly assuming that because I haven’t seen his name or heard any of his releases. Nor have I sought them out though to be honest because I’m far from done giving this piece of gold its due stream of consecutive listens. It opens right up with a track that could wiggle its way onto a number of different styles of mixes, given of course that the mixer was down with deep and dirty sounds. Huge tip on this. What’s up with the artists name though? Any clue? Tapirus as in Tapir US? That can’t be right.. Sort of lost there but don’t mind one bit - adds to the mystery.
Acid Love Story
Acid Love Story comes right in and announces its presence, like a dude walking into a dance floor in full ninja clothes with a katana drawn and raised. This is acid for today’s dance floor, backward glancing but forward thinking. A deep, powerful acid bass line dominates the track. As we progress, the contemporary feel gets more apparent as sequenced drum-machine mayhem ensues and dark, garbled vocal samples start to trickle in. The bass line does justice to the track title as it fluctuates between wetness and dryness and more or less filter. Bottom line, that bass line is heavy and deep. Absolutely not flamboyant. Much more dark contemporary techno than ‘high on acid in a warehouse in the 90s.’
This one’s a little wonky but in a really good way. This is one of those tracks where depending on the crowd, half of the listeners are probably like, “what the fuck is this shit?” and the other half are like, “oh yeah baby get me into my zone.” It’s really improvised sounding, with both the percussion and the melody. It’s very off-kilter. But around 2:00 a foggy, empty street at night pad comes in and connects back to something more relatable. Doesn’t last long as pretty quickly after that a new broken-record vocal sample comes in and eliminates the sense of normalcy the track almost arrived at. This is some off the walls shit, designed for “no-fucks-allowed” type parties, but still Tapirus dresses it up in a way that’s relatively digestible and super reflective of the current state of techno/house. Kind of like A Made Up Sound meets Terrence Dixon?
Of all the absolute amazing songs on this release, this is the one that really sold me on it and made me remember Tapirus’ name. This one is fucking unforgettable. I don’t think I could review it and do it justice. Absolutely beautiful synth is arpeggiated to amazing effect while a pad in the back sets the vibe and then this bubbling, perfectly produced percussion/bass comes in and gets it rolling. The vibe slows down a tiny bit as the clap drops in but shortly thereafter the pads start going all over the place and it’s like you’ve just walked into some utopian museum of innovation and you’ve been greeted by a babe with a stiff drink. Someone could record vocals over this and make it ultra-mega huge. That percussion/bass just gets deeper, like remember that clicking sound at the beginning of Sicko Cell? It’s kind of like that if instead of a primarily percussion noise it was a bass note and it gets you deep in the gut. Spectacularly emotional and transportive sounds happening here.
I feel like as remixer for this track you would have to decide whether you would want to try to honor the original by keeping it mostly true-to-form, or if you would want to completely re-envision it. While the former seems like the more respectable choice, it seems also like it would just be fucking hard to do to make something even almost as good in a similar fashion as the original.
So Basic Soul Unit takes the original and creates something a little more conventional with boundary-pushing flare in the detail. It’s not a gigantic departure. Driving techno with really delicious filtered / flangered, almost breathing-like, sound penetrating the whole track. The sequenced drum machine action here is really serious, and the pads are changed to stabs giving the track an overall infectious, if slightly less mind-opening vibe. Around half-way through a real acid-tinged bass line begins to emerge, and it should be noted too that the main bass-drum on this remix just bangs.