In a recent interview with this site, Future Times producer Maxmillion Dunbar stated: “Everyone’s stuff is eclectic now – we have eclectic populations in our cities. Now we have to find a way to move forward from that.” Although this may be true of DJ sets – the popularity of such varied selectors as Ben UFO and Jackmaster being representative of that – genuinely talented, eclectic producers are actually pretty hard to come by, being all too easy for many to latch on to one sound and stick to it.
Houndstooth, the new in-house label from London clubbing institution Fabric have offered a preview of their first release, from Berlin based producer Call Super.
Naming the lead track of your EP “No Fun” seems like it’s setting the listener up for a disappointment, especially in a dance music landscape where self-congratulating droney minutia and sad sack futurebass™ have laid claim to their share of the market. Fortunately, Nocturnes boss JR Seaton (now operating under the Call Super alias without former partner Matt Waites, whose other commitments couldn’t sustain the project) is likely having a little self reflexive chuckle here, as his No Episode EP on Throne of Blood taps into a consciousness-bending contingent of stomping, urgent techno that can animate bodies in just about every position except a yawning one.
The lexicon “less is more” is exploited with excellent results on this forthcoming Madteo remix of Call Super.
Call Super will join Throne Of Blood’s ever blossoming international roster next month with the No Episode EP featuring remixes from John Heckle and Madteo.
We hand over controls for the 41st Juno Plus podcast to Call Super who has delivered a 70 minute mix of fractured techno and bleep laden machine funk.
When Five Easy Pieces emerged as a label earlier this year with a debut release sporting the day glo boogie sounds of London duo Royalty, we were confronted with an unknown quantity that surprised and delighted on all levels. Fast forward several months and the second release on the fledgling imprint might be dipped in a keener sense of familiarity given the names involved, but it proves to be no less impressive. Formed of Matt Waites (who some may recall operating under the Nightmoves and Moscow monikers) and Nocturnes boss JR Seaton, Call Super brings together two producers with a true love of vintage analogue sounds and a willingness to implement it via new formulas.
There’s a clear attention to detail that runs throughout this release, which hits you from the moment your eyes focus on the tiny patterns that adorn the cover. The time and effort dedicated to making the design look just right (having the title read down the spine is a particularly nice touch) transcends to the music and impresses right up until the needle reaches the B Side run out groove.
Across the three original tracks here, Waites and Seaton seem to revel in the opportunity to indulge their charmingly oddball side – the opening track “And It Was” for example has hushed vocals and a squelching acid refrain at its core but the track jerks with rhythmic intrigue, never giving clues as to where it will lead you. “Nosebleed” also hisses with a sense of the oncoming unknown and does not disappoint when far reaching acid patterns emerge in tow with rough hewn drums jacking with loose limbed glee.
Listen to “Timora” blindfolded and you might mistake it for a Blawan production, sitting comfortably in both the techno and dubstep camps and notable for the litany of little production touches and rhythmic swerves that constantly drag your attention in different directions. Off the back of two superb EPs and all the critical praise that followed them, Objekt provides an intriguing proposition as choice of remix artist for “Timora”. Largely straightening out the rhythmic kinks, Objekt implements a strident electro feel, slowly adding layers of brutal industrial textures which combine with real potency.