It had been a long time since I made music with my old San Francisco crew, 2 Block Radius, but after getting back together a while back, I'm very happy to announce the release of our new 12"single on Uncut Records, "Take You Back"! The heavy weight vinyl was pressed up in a limited, gold numbered edition from the pros at Furnace Manufacturing and includes artwork form The Hydrilla, a digital download code and a smoking remix from Horse Meat Disco player, Severino Panzetta!
You can purchase it online in the US from Amoeba Records or from Juno Records in the UK and Europe.
Here's the rundown...
Severino Remix (Severino Panzetta)
Skipping drums bring the swagger to Severino's take on the original, where subtle acid tweaks offset warm key stabs to create a strong groove. A clever breakdown takes things in a deeper direction, with swirling strings and some beefy 303 added in for good measure.
Messing With It Mix (Schnez
Late night, locked-in dancefloors will have plenty to lose themselves in with the hypnotic groove of the Messing With It mix, where a subtle percussive strut weaves its way across some sparingly deployed and downright trippy FX and that voice promising to take you back. Timeless house music.
Sine Qua Non mix
Launching straight in with a businesslike bassline, Tee Cardaci's mix smoothes into a more RnB-feeling break before reloading the thumping 4/4. The keys make a welcome reappearance in a call-and-answer with the bassline while a bit of Brasilian percussion percolates through, making for a multi-tiered track that keeps the interest to the end.
The design pimps, art curators and all around culture hustlers over at San Francisco's Hydrilla crew were cool enough to ask me to contribute to there ongoing dj series, Please Advise, and I was more than happy to oblige. The concept is simple; pick top djs in their genre and record them playing lives sets showcasing their sounds. In other words, advise the people to what it is. Past sets worth checking out include Jah Yzer & Irie Dole laying down their blend of dance hall and hi hop live from Showdown SF.
My set was recorded live in Rio de Janeiro just before I left for the European tour. The mix is well eclectic, going from house and disco to a bit of funk and beyond, acknowledging the sample in the Romanowski track that's featured, "if you specialize in one thing, you can't really call yourself an all out king." Not that I would ever call myself an all out king, of course, but it's good to have aspirations ;) [stream and download here]
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