YSE Saint Laur’ant – Warm Wind Brewing
Released by Whiskey Disco, a sample-heavy label, in 2012 ‘Warm Wind Brewing’ is a mouth-watering appetizer for a peak summer set. Nightmare On Wax created its demand when he dropped it in the warm up to his Boiler Room London set. Ever since, the price for the Beards EP has shot up on Discogs. Upon first listen, one cannot help but be transported to the picturesque seaside of a deluxe southern France resort. Mature in its restraint, sensual melodies combine the soundtracks of a 1960s New Wave film with the late 70s West Coast Yachtpop.
The potency of the tracks comes from its gracing of the slower tempo. Clocking-in at 101 BPM, its hard to imagine that the original could retain its excellence at an increased speed. Rather, the slacken pace creates an aura of tranquillity that fosters an experience that is loosening. Sumptuous strings sampled from American composer Henry Mancini’s 1961 release ‘Lujon’ leisurely skate around the ears of the listener like a pair of skaters. Continue reading
Genius Of Time – Houston We Have A Problem
Every now and then you can stick on a track and suddenly the whole crowd feels unified, longing to be stuck in this never-ending cassette loop of a party. Whitney Houston was incredible at delivering hits like that. Her 2009 hit Million Dollar Baby gets the renovation it deserves here to keep it in line with such ethos. Released in 2010 on Royal Oak Records, ‘Houston We Have a Problem’ was a mammoth hit within underground circles. Genius of Time’s sagacity of extending original disco rhythms & house vocals in-sync with Deep House synths can only be a product of polymathic virtuosos.
Genius Of Time begin the track using a sample which sounds at first like a broken clock that makes a recurrent tock noise. It’s a grand trick however. Unfurling as an impeccable percussive sequence it invites even those on the peripherals of the party to join the pact. The bongos over the top are cinch, yet convivial. Live plucked bass always slaps, and with intense simpleness, banging densely as it twangs with efficiency. Continue reading