Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Track Review: J. Phlip - Say My Name On Acid Feat. Aidan Chambers (Remix)

Disclaimer, this review has been sitting on desk for 3 months now, yes I'm that lazy.

When I sit down and talk about House music today, it becomes painfully obvious of my youth and ignorance. I just might NOT have an actual Effing clue what I am talking about when I say "House music."

To my defense, I'll claim my age as an excuse for ignorance (born in '86). Childhood sheltering prevented me from even understanding and comprehending what was going in Detroit or New York during that time. However there are no excuses for ignorance today, not with resources such as YouTube, and Wikipedia. With every genre a new wave and era comes with a new generation and what we call House music today.

In fact Today's modern house music comes a long way from the original House. For those of you reading, I'm talking about the real deal, Chicago House. So before I began this review I had to take a musical history lesson, and understand what make House, House. That of course would be the Roland TB-303 Bassline Synthesizer, so popular and revolutionary, it is still being manufactured and being re-released today.

Thankfully, there are a few individuals out there that stay true to the roots yet continue to create nostalgic yet original House music. One artist in particular happens to hail from town called Springfield, Illinois. Close to enough to hear the influences of Chicago, yet far enough to develop a unique sound. I'm talking about Dirty Bird Records  very own featured artist, J. Phlip.

I want to highlight the February 4th, 2014 release track release of J. Phlip - Say My Name. The original mix kicks off quickly with a tech-house 4 beat loop and pronounced snare. This first minute has that funky signature minimal tech-house sound I've come to grown fond of from Dirty Bird Records. What comes next is what defines Chicago's flavor of House music, that squelched TB-303 synthesizer bassline, also known as Acid House. J. Phlip delivers a fresh but nostalgic twist of acid house on her original mix. A great track, but I just couldn't quite put my finger on it. In fact this track was almost lost on me, as I was not able to fully appreciate it. Thankfully, San Francisco's native Aidan Chambers helped with that. His remix provided that bridge for my current tastes of today's house music to that of 1985. A remastered bass kick provided that extra big room feel to J. Philp's original mix, and just the right amount omph to make this a club ready track and staple to my setlist.

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