Two long tracks for you, quickly.
First up is my choicest cut from the latest Jack Dixon mix: ‘Who Is In’ by Pawas. Well, Pawas, I fucking am. Because this is the smoothest piece of house beat work since I saw Axel Boman play on a cloud in my dreams. As readers will know, I really like simple things done well, and this track could be a case study. The bassline is TWO NOTES varied in precedence and insistence. The vocal is a third and a half beat sample which adds texture to the percussion. And over the top there’s a suitcase of celestial noises - synths, saxes, harps, you name it. Seriously clever, and seriously chill.
Second up is another piece of (slightly more orthodox) house magic from Mano Le Tough. I was catching up with some old podcast mixes the other day and came across ‘Take It Back’ in Tomas Barfod’s xlr8r mix (props also to Barfod for the slick way he introduced it). Released back in September 2011 on the Stories EP ’Take It Back’ is an intelligent, slow burning, well built and hedonistic ride through the vagaries of the dance floor. The pulse is heavy. The arpeggiators fall over each other. Words are futile. There’s even time for some wind chimes. Beautiful stuff.