Although this release on L.I.E.S. will likely introduce Beau Wanzer and his clattering hardware constructions to many, the producer has in fact been loosely affiliated with Traxx and his Nation imprint since 2008, a label whose Jakbeat manifesto has had the impressionistic mechanical rhythm track aesthetic down long before L.I.E.S. had issued its first 12-inch. The Mutant Beat Dance collaboration with Traxx has been exploring the darker corners of house music to suitably alienating effect for several years, and recent work as Streetwalker with White Car’s Elon Katz and as one half of the Civil Duty project with Shawn O’Sullivan have explored wave/EBM and techno with their own distinctly odd touch.
L.I.E.S. are reaching out to Chicago for the soon come fourteenth drop in their seemingly relentless plan to “crush everything in sight” with the Mutant Beat Dance duo of Melvin Oliphant III and Beau Wanzer at the controls – a typically gaudy video for B Side jam “Sketch III” has now surfaced on the internet.
As previously reported, Legowelt and Xosar are due to return for L.I.E.S. duty under their recently established Trackman Lafonte & Bonquiqui moniker with the Pacific House EP – the title track now has an all too appropriate video.
As far as sub-genres of house music go, the rough analogue workings of the Hague sound have been relatively untouched in the age of revisitation. That might be because some of its key protagonists are still actively pursuing that same messy yet alluring aesthetic, from Legowelt’s increasing profile to the success of labels such as Crème Organisation. Of course that’s a long time to be plying your trade, as the roots of the sound run back to the dawn of seminal label Bunker Records in the early 90s, but there’s something inescapably timeless about the spirit of these records, even if they sound simultaneously and purposefully dated.
Having barely recovered from the stomping excellence of the most recent L.I.E.S white label from Bookworms, label chief Ron Morelli has offered a glimpse into his prolific label’s next limited release from the mysterious Bad News.