I didn’t have much of a chance to listen to stuff today as I travelled into work with a friend and we ended up chatting the whole way. So I’m going to grab a freebie, and opt for one of my favourite tracks from the last year, 6th Borough Project – Iznae.
6th Borough need absolutely no introduction in my mind, they have been by far the stand out deep house music producers for a while via their 6th BP output, and Graeme Clarkes The Revenge Work. As 6th BP Craig Smith and Clark have been synonymous with both the re-edit scene and UK deep house, their output landing on two of the most prominent labels in the game their very own Instruments of Rapture and London’s Delusions of Grandeur, the guys have been stirring up a storm for a few years now with a number of releases, and you can also chuck in a world of remixes to that tally whilst you’re at it.
I’ll make no apologies for saying I truly loved the 6th Borough Project album, it’s the first dance album since the Avalanches “Since I left you” that I felt really builds like a classic mix tape should, with tempo changes, and peaks and troughs – all things that you need in my experience for a god listening experience.
I said this before when I blogged about the album’s release on Interesting Blends, but it’s the Drums that make the real difference, never straying too far from the formulaic they twist and mutate at exactly the right point, kicking a lazy beat into overdrive and funking up a sleepy synth stab.
Doesn’t sound difficult but all in all it just works, and works really well. The production is crisp, the mixing is spacious but not overwhelmingly awash and while the lads are probably more well known for their re-edits repeated listens reveal deep subtle melodies and effects that move the track around. It’s on an album like this that you fully understand their production chops are right up there with the best in their genre.
Within that the stand out moment for me was Iznae, which has just an incredible tracky feel about it, it builds slowly, analog bass lines and stabs, with a cheeky little q-tip sample introducing the various elements until it all breaks down and comes back in with the most awesome of drumtacks before building up into a melody line Patrick Adams would be proud of.
Great stuff, old granted, but a fantastic lesson in simple butt moving Deep House, it is something I always come back to both as a listener and a when approaching music from a production point of view..