DJ Kicks – Seth Troxler TBC Promo Review

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Welcome back TBC readers to the latest of our promo reviews and this one is hot off the press! We are pleased to be able to bring you a very early promo review of the latest DJ Kicks series from K7, we hope you enjoy.
Following from DJ Koze’s entry in the K7 collection is Seth Troxler (release date 16th October 2015) who has been a key player in the electronic music scene since his arrival via Ellen Allien and Bpitch around 2009/10 and his signature wonky minimal tech house. TBC are fans of Seth Troxler, his music can be amazing, his attitude and charisma as a DJ is one of work hard, play hard which we know only too well. There have been some low points with strange lacklustre live sets and mixes but all in all Seth has taken his place among the big players in dance music and settled in for the long haul, bringing an enthusiasm and playful manner which sets him aside from others.
Seth’s previous releases in compilation format were; Boogybytes vol.5, The Lab 03, Mixmag cover CD (with Jamie Jones) and his RA podcast 156. Each release has shown what Seth is about, good house music to party to, not too pacey but something to make you dance your ass off and have fun. The Boogybytes CD is a TBC favourite, check it out (it has a great Album cover too).
Seth Troxler comments on his DJ Kicks in his own words:
“I see this mix as a gay man named Rodney. Or a big black woman named Birtha.”
The mix has an eclectic start with some instrumental, blissed out electronica and it isn’t until track 4 with Cobblestone Jazz where we start to get a bassline and a groove with their Northern Lights track which epitomises Seth’s sound. The mix continues in this wonky vein until the funky disco number from Hauke Freer called XK comes in and it sounds excellent with the vinyl static crackles and funky beat. Hauke Freer is a leftfield german producer and this track is a great contemporary take on a classic disco sound. Butch then delivers a tribal track called Dope which maintains the mix’s momentum and makes you want to go outside and dance in the sunshine (if your lucky to have some on tap). The percussion and vocals in this track have an infectious feel and make you want to bop around and smile. Session Victims – Stick Together then chips in with an uplifting summery disco track to maintain the sunshine vibe. The house vibe continues with Club Artist United and Jasper St Company where we hear a more old school deep house sound with a gospel vocal being thrown in for good measure. Seth then cranks it up a notch with K Alexi on a more acid house tip with an evil distorted vocal which reverberates around the track. Ohh By Mood to Swing retains the more upbeat feel injected by K Alexi, this is where Seth is providing some dance floor numbers taking you into the last third of the mix. Derrick Carter brings Dreaming Again for track 14 which is another crackly vinyl track (1999 classic) and adds a nostalgic feel with some soulful house. At this point it is obvious Seth is using vinyl because the pitch evidently bends at certain points which adds a nice homemade feel to the mix. The classics then begin to flow with Byron Stingley’s Why Cant You Be Real (2000) – another soulful house number. Vanessa McMillan, Dean Street Crew and Sun Ra and His Intergalactic Research Orchestra close the mix, the latter is an insane fairground ride sounding track ending the mix in the most bizarre way.
All in all, this is a good addition to the DJ Kicks series. DJ Kicks is quite a series to release on however and this instalment doesn’t hit the high notes and excel to the extent that others have in the past. It does however provide an interesting insight into Seth’s eclectic record box and the sound is typically DJ Kicks so in our view its worth the investment.
Thanks for reading
TBC

Promo Album Review – Mister Saturday Night pres. Weekends and Beginnings

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Welcome back to another of our Promotional Album Reviews for TBC. This time we are announcing another of our amazing opportunities to review a great record label release; Mister Saturday Night. When we visited New York in April 2014 we got caught up in the hype that accompanies this amazing night as we planned our partying over the Easter Weekend and visited the local record shops in Brooklyn. Unfortunately there wasn’t a Mister Saturday Night party that weekend but we heard plenty about the label from local record shops owners and employees who were keen to promote the latest EP release. TBC feel an affinity with Mister Saturday Night (MSN) based on our experience of their nights, musical stance and dedication to a good party and their mission on their website:

“Mister Saturday Night strives to do a little more than a typical party. With a love of great music and a passion for bringing people together, we try to create an experience that’s truly fun and engaging for everyone involved – party people, DJs, bartenders and doormen alike.”

We were very excited when we were offered a chance to be added to their promotional mailing list and couldn’t wait to review their next big release in November which was to be a new compilation CD. We will also be reviewing the back catalogue including the amazing LP Brother and Sisters (released back in July 2014)

Eamon Harkin and Justin Carter, commonly know as the duo Mister Saturday Night, provide the DJ collaboration for their record label’s (which shares their duo name) latest release called Weekends & Beginnings. The mix CD was released on the 18th November and is available through on line retailers and iTunes. It was recorded live at an MSN party in August 2014 and from the outset you know this one is going to be special when the French vocal led track from Le Chanteur graces your speakers. This is followed by a great disco track from Terrence Jerome and then slips nicely into a groovy, piano infused, vocal house track from Alice Smith titled Love Endeavour.  This track eases you into the mix and helps you to imagine the mood in the club with the musical flow developing a great party vibe. It doesn’t take long for the MSN duo to introduce some heavy drum beats and show off their eclecticism with a heavy percussive, tribally track from Nebraska and a new track from Cobblestone Jazz (Mathew Jonson lead trio) which pulses with an acid sounding baseline. The mix continues to develop and features some great artists and tracks; Mr.G, Anthony Parasole and Caribou. The mix really steps it up a notch at around the half an hour mark with a superb remix by Motor City Drum Ensemble of Caribou’s Leave House which builds on the haunting vocal to deliver a atmospheric progressive track that sits well within the mix and shows off the remixers signature sound. This is then followed by a great samba style track featuring trumpets and piano keys from Adessa Versions that makes you shake your ass. The proceeding tracks maintain the uplifting vibe of the mix CD with gospel style, funky and samba style percussive house that lead up to TBC’s favourite track Take That from Jurgen Paape which is a true TBC classic. Take That does exactly what is says on the tin and thrusts a bouncy, electro synth track right in your face, we couldn’t help but turn the mix up at this point, throw some shapes and even enjoy a cheeky ‘rewind’ moment as we had to listen to the track again. Next, Ike Release brings you down with a moody, hazy progressive track called Phazzled which then leads on to quirky, dubby,  broken vocal track from Recloose and then to Bassclef’s dreamy soundscape. Finally ending the mix with an amazing track from Sam Orwell which features an awesome saxophone solo to provide you with a sublime yet eclectic finale.

Tracklisting:

01. Le Chanteur – La Passion des Collines**
02. Terrence Jerome – Believe**
03. Alice Smith – Love Endeavor (Maurice Fulton Remix)
04. Nebraska – Green Marimba
05. Cobblestone Jazz – Traffic Jam
06. Mr. G – Daily Prayer
07. Anthony Parasole/Elgato – Quickstrike/Zone
08. Caribou – Leave House (Motor City Drum Ensemble Remix)
09. Adesse Versions – Modal
10. Jasper Street Company – Solid Ground (Tommy Musto Remix)
11. House of Gypsies – Another Worry
12. Lord Nelson – Shango (Daniel Haaksman and DJ Beware Remix)
13. DJ Duke – Sun Beats
14. Jurgen Paape – Take That
15. Ike Release – Phazzled
16. Recloose – Can’t Take It (Herbert’s Some Dumb Dub)
17. Bassclef – Ghost Kicks In The Spiral
18. Sam Orwell – Secret Nothings**

Weekends & Beginnings is top notch eclectic house party set that leaves you envious of not experiencing it live, the added crowd noise just adds to the jealousy. This style is exactly what TBC HQ love in a good mix CD and it will remain on our playlist for a while. Disco, ‘eclecticity’, techno and house all feature and yet at no point, despite the diverse tracklist, do you ever feel like the mix is disjointed, it flows so well that it highlights the Mister Saturday Night party formula creates the perfect party mix. We need to get our asses back to Brooklyn NYC, fast!

We hope you have enjoyed the review and we cannot recommend this mix high enough.

Thanks for reading, and thank you to the Mister Saturday Night team.

If you would like a sneak peak at the NYC loft party vibe then check out the great feature on Resident Advisor below:

TBC