When you look at the Artists roster on Crosstown Rebels it's pretty easy to see why it's one of the most prolific and well respected labels of the last few years. Art Department, Jamie Jones, Seth Troxler and, the artist I'm most interested in today, Maceo Plex are just a few of the names that have made Crosstown Rebels the go to label for DJ's and party people the world over. Alongside Hot Creations it's certainly been vying for my favourite label for the last two years. It's easy to lump it in as a Tech/Deep/Disco House label but it's far more genre defying than that, taking in Dubstep via Shakleton, and Acid Wigginess from Luke Solomon of the Freaks, as well as Tech and Minimal House via Dinky and label boss Lazarus. It's this ability to sit in so many camps that has seen CTR really kick on since it's re-launch a couple of years ago and I guess more than any other label out there right now it genuinely has something for everyone.
As I said I wanted to concentrate on Maceo Plex aka Eric Estornel. Obviously "Vibe your Love" was a big track and I picked up his "Life Index" album last March after reading amazing reviews and having kept an eye on what was going on with CTR. If I'm honest though it didn't' move me that much, so I wasn't really hoping for anything special when I saw his Sweating Tears EP pop up last September. Which is quite funny, for me at least, because it ended up containing one of, if not, my favourite track of last year – "Can't Leave You".
Because this track was HUGE there is a lot been written about it already so I won't go over old ground, it's been blogged to death but as it came on my player this morning I felt I just needed to stick it up. Tearing up the clubs, festivals and anywhere else it happened to be played, it's essentially a catchy Techfunk disco house track hybrid (does such a genre even exist?). Straight 4/4 beat, Syncopated Bass line and melodic lead, incredibly simple formula that when done well just can't be beat. Nice sleazy pitch shifted vocals bring it home and really make the track groove along – it reminds me a lot of Derrick Carter especially Boompty Boomp Theme which you should track down if you like this.
Playlist Monday 13th February 2012
No real playlist today as I was at Charles De Gaulle Airport at 5am this morning. The drive was quick at that time and I literally only listened to three tracks on the drive over at that time of the morning, still they were all great tracks.
Playlist: Maceo Plex – Can't Leave You, Derrick Carter – Boompty Boomp Theme, Art Department – Tell me Why.