Unlike many of the most buzzed-over labels, the ephemera surrounding Sex Tags Mania appears more influential than the music they’ve put out. The vintage, graffiti-informed artwork adorning the labels, sleeves, and inserts of Sex Tags Mania/UFO/Amfibia and Wania has inspired legions of imprints attempting to emulate their esoteric style with varying degrees of success. But to try the same with the music made by DJ Sotofett, his brother DJ Fett Burger, and their myriad crew is a much taller task, which makes their labels’ vinyl-only releases all the more coveted. Speckbass by DJ Fett Burger and DJ Speckgürtel is certainly worth hunting down wherever it can be found — a special 12″ that integrates many of the signatures of the label family to which it belongs.
“Speckbass” is a remarkably straightforward and melodic house tune, its dusty chords, cooing pads, and cheerfully tinkling marimba patterns pulling few punches from listeners’ pleasure centers. An undercurrent of deliberate chaos that allows percussion to slip, slide, and splash from time to time reminds us we’re in Sex Tags territory, as does the aggressively syncopated slap-bass riff. This sense of play extends to the break, as the melodies are briefly swept away with all the caprice of a stiff wind gust before blowing back into frame. Its more introspective, swinging sibling, “Deepspeck” is built on a similarly blurry set of synth chords that are shaped throughout the tune, leaving the rhythmic intricacies of snare/hi-hat interplay to provide the greatest sense of development. Bobbing midi sax and a one-note string drone add to the 90s flavor profile, but are ultimately secondary to the focused central riff. It’s an excellent complement to the spunkier A-side, but ultimately the title track is the main attraction and, in this critic’s opinion, one of the year’s best.
Ten years is a long time – never-ending nights where the sun rises. time for house, time for drum ‘n bass and especially time for good music. Setup and dismantle, LED, sound, artists, dancers, doers. Inside and outside, closing the curtains, opening them. For friendships and for a city in changes – and us in between.
The Watergate X movie, released 2012 on our “Ten year Watergate” DVD, shows what we love, what we do, because we love it. Some of our long term friends get to speak – now you can watch it online. Cheers and to the next ten years!
I am a lyrical listener, and although the steady climb of subtly textured, instrumental production keeps me entranced on the dancefloor, a full vocal track is always appreciated and James Fox’s new jam definitely fits the bill. Sensational songstress Vanity Jay breathes soul and intention through the four versions of “Holding On,” all channeling old school vibes and rich, danceable grooves.
London based and freshly taken in by NeedWant, James Fox makes a strong impression with his two versions of the upbeat track. His “NYC Mix” glitters with keys through a classic house structure whereas his “Slow Jam Mix” is just that- relaxing the tempo for some slinky feels.
Wolf Music’s Medlar has a diverse range, playing in the near future all over the world with artists Rodhad, KRL, Jacques Renault and Moodymann. Bringing some heavy mystique to the bright joint, his interpretation comes in heavy and his Dub is hushed and soft, both lending as great set climbing pieces for the night owls.
Choose your mood, move your feet and don’t forget to smile
Artist: James Fox, Vanity Jay, Medlar
Title: Holding On
Release Date: December 2nd, 2013
Catalogue #: NEEDW032