Drive With A Dead Girl (Spencer Parker Work mix) - (8:17) 130 BPM
Drive With A Dead Girl (Spencer Parker Beats) - (2:57) 130 BPM
Drive With A Dead Girl (Spencer Parker Work Tool) - (0:59) 87 BPM
Black Widow (Antigone remix) - (5:55) 131 BPM
Traces To Nowhere - (7:44) 128 BPM
Review: Ophiuchus was French DJ/producer Anetha's debut release and now Work Them owner Spencer Parker helms a remix package of tracks from the 2015 EP. He has done three verisons of "Drive With a Dead Girl"; the 'Work' remix resounds to nocturnal hooks that swoop in over heavy techno kicks and percussion with a hawk's deadly precision; the 'Beats' take sees Parker strip away this element to focus on the pounding, relentless rhythm track, while the 'Work Tool' focuses largely on those dramatic, swirling hooks. Antigone's take on "Black Widow" is every bit as intricate and complex as one would expect of the French producer, while there is a new track from Anetha herself, the soaring but gritty techno of "Traces To Nowhere".
Review: For the latest release on Work Them, label boss Spencer Parker has turned to Disco Bloodbath man Dan Beaumont, who follows up his recent Tunnelomics EP with more deep, dark and sleazy fare. In its' original form, "Spirit Talking" chugs along on a wave of moody bass, clattering drum machine hits and woozy, bluesy vocal samples; deep house to get lost in. Beaumont provides an alternative "beats" version - where, naturally, the sweaty percussion and throbbing bassline take centre stage - before Spencer Parker provides his own treatment. His Workmix is blessed with a thrilling, extended piano breakdown, heftier beats, and a heady, gospel-meets-deep house mood.
Review: Boola (part of [a:rpia:r]) started spinning in the summer of 2005, in Ibiza, where he had the great opportunity to play at the famous DC10. As a producer, he had his first release on the romanian superlabel [a:rpia:r], followed by Lomidhigh Lmtd.,Rekids, Lomidhigh Organic, Innervisions, All Inn, Cecille, Soweso and some tracks on Cabin Fever, including Balada Redo, featured on the Fabric 48, mixed by Radio Slave. In his dj sets, Boola tries to bring back some of the dirty "in yo face" old school sound, warming up the decks for legends like Dj Sneak and Eddie Richards. Performances at Panorama Bar (Berlin), Trouw (Amsterdam) and other european clubs. He represented Romania (alongside Demos, Petre Inspirescu and Praslea) at the Worldtronics 2008 Festival in Berlin and mixed at the famous italian New Years Afterhour, "Fiesta Privada". An album will follow in the future, on Rekids. STAY TUNED !!
Lowbrow (Christopher Joseph remix) - (5:58) 129 BPM
Dredge (Behzad & Amarou remix) - (5:58) 129 BPM
Review: Released in its original format last year, Work Them now calls in the remixers to take a crack at Caiazzo's tracky techno. The Christopher Joseph and Behzad & Amarou takes on "Lowbrow" and "Dredge" respective-ly are fine, percussive workouts, with layer upon layer of hi hats and snares piled over driving rhythms. However, it's the Spencer Parker reshapes that impress most. The label boss turns "Refraction" into a ham-mering industrial techno affair, supported by the kind of noisy, buzzing bass that would make Perc blush. Then there's Parker's 'Workdub' take on "Refraction". More stripped back and cavernous, its blacked out groove, tribal drums and jittery percussion make for a hypnotic concoction.
Review: Spencer Parker's label deserves serious kudos for releasing this record. Expression is the work of Gordo, currently a regular fixture in Stockholm's DJ circuit, but who supposedly traces his roots back to LA's early 90s rave scene. It's no coincidence then that "To The Sky" resounds to pacey breaks and rave sirens, while "Breathe", with its slow tempo and dreamy pads, is redolent of mellow UK techno from the same period. On "Free Expression", Gordo drops the moody bass of vintage bleep techno, combined with furious percussion, while he brings this hugely impressive debut release to a close with "Para Ti", where break beats meet jacking Chicago house.
Review: Drive is P.Leone's follow-up to last year's debut on Work Them. The author supposedly comes from Brooklyn and this four-tracker has the same grainy attitude as Frankie Bones or Steve Stoll. "9v9" is a relentless acid stomper that wouldn't sound out of place on a 90s Commiunique or Djax EP, while "Cold Metallic" is more detached and machine-like as gasping pistons and eerie textures power along a sleek rhythm. "Stability Control" sees the producer return once again to a raw, distorted style as sprung kicks and a distorted riff take centre stage. "Apex Corners" mines a similar path to the other tracks, but it is less visceral and more streamlined.
Review: El Dorado is P.Leone aka Salvatore Carlino's third and most impressive release for Work Them. On "El Dorado (Bump Yo Ass Off Mix)", he mines the rich musical legacy of his home town of New York. Tough beats, inspired by those drums that featured on dub versions back in the 90s, provide the back drop for a diva vocal sample that's encased in a whooshing, swirling filter. "Dancing To Get Your Back" sees the fast-rising house producer opt for a radically different approach. Underpinned by rough break beats, it features insistent, deft filters and, bubbling beneath the surface, rave stabs from the hazy early 90s.
Rights For Men (House Of Ties remix) - (7:20) 127 BPM
Rights For Men (Adriana Lopez remix) - (6:16) 128 BPM
Rights For Men (Young Male remix) - (7:42) 127 BPM
Review: The Work Them boss has commissioned three excellent remixes of his 2014 release. First up is Berlin DJ Mr Ties, with a rare remix. Focusing on a tracky rhythm, he uses pitch-bent vocals and blaring synth stabs to turn the original into a heads-down, tough house jam, reminiscent of the Wild Pitch sound. Adriana Lopez follows with a remix that is redolent of Sandwell District, all wind tunnel hypnotism and insistent sub-sonic bleeps - the only variable is a repetitive vocal sample. Last but not least it'a he turn of Young Male, who delivers the heaviest version, a tough techno workout with just the right hint of aggressive energy.
Review: It would seem that Daniel Fisher aka Physical Therapy is a restless creative soul, and alternates between musical moments and more functional tracks. The good news for his fans is that there is a taste from both ends of the spectrum on Baktadust, his debut for Spencer Parker's label. "Spasm" is a noisy, break beat-led stomper that powers along at 135bpm. Preceding this intense moment there's "Push Me", where Fisher sprinkles summery piano keys over a linear groove. The title track is like "Spasm" and careers along at a high-octane pace, even though its monstrous kicks are offset somewhat by chilling strings, while the 'Fried' version of the same track redresses the balance with more breezy keys.
Review: Spencer Parker's Work Them label continues to grow as an outpost for club ready tools, with their latest release a remix shaped celebration of last year's Radioslave platter Report Myself. In original form the release was a perfect display of Matt Edwards capacity to distil house music down to it's bare essentials, so it's little surprise the label have chosen two remixers who build the track back up and take it in their own inimitable direction. First up is Berghain's latest pin up resident Rodhad who unsurprisingly moulds the track into a slab of hypnotic 9am techno with some truly crafty manipulation of the vocal, and it's complemented well by Bearweasel who opts to indulge his 303.
Review: Spencer Parker's Work Them Records returns to the Werk single from Radio Slave the label issued last year, inviting a stellar cast of contemporaries to rewerk the title track. First up is an 11 minute version from White Material co-founder DJ Richard, who once again demonstrates his talent for bringing new levels of depths and emotion to the humble DJ tool, teasing out a certain cosmic flight from Radio Slave's original with the results quite trippy indeed. Dan Beaumont comes through with a thick set wall shaker with some finely programmed kick drums whilst local Berlin talent Sven von Thulen also shines with a bleed laden lo fi burner take.
Review: German producer Dana Ruh seems to be on an upward trajectory. Having got a foothold in the scene by launching her own label, Brouqade, back in 2007, she has since released well thought of tracks on Ostgut Ton and Buzzin' Fly. To Me offers a glimpse to where she's at right now, mixing chords, pads and melodies that recall classic Detroit techno moments with the bubbling grooves and shuffling tempo of US deep house. The title track leads the way, peppering a fluid, late night groove with tasty vocal samples. "To Be Free" mines the rich seam of classic New York garage (think vintage MK, with a deep house twist), while "Feel" gently paddles in the sparkling waters of soundscape deep house.
A Different Size (Tijana T Rework) - (6:27) 122 BPM
Review: Hot on the heels of Spencer Parker's Different Shapes & Sizes series comes a new set of singles featuring reworks of some of the best tracks. On this first EP, Steffen Laschinski AKA Rising Sun steals the show with two sparkling, floor-filling takes on "Riff Shapes". The first, a swirling and attractive affair that wraps bold electronic motifs around a sweaty, breakbeat-driven groove, is arguably the pick of the pair, though some may prefer the thumping techno bounce of his second interpretation. Then DJ Fett Burger lays down a typically eccentric take on "SIZE: YES" - think bustling hardcore style breakbeats and mind-altering acid lines, before Belgrade-raised Tijana T joins the dots between Patrick Cowley's muscular arpeggio-disco and mind-altering acid techno.
Review: Different Shapes & Sizes is a new, three part series of EPs from Berlin resident Spencer Parker forthcoming on his Work Them Records imprint over the next few months. Conceived as a neat way of showcasing Parker's love for different shades of house and techno, The third installment takes a walk through the Rekids artist's love for the subtle differences in the genres he tends to focus on in most in his sets. "Size Information" sees Spencer do his tribute to the loopy/steely sounds of early '90s techno by Jeff Mills and Regis, a meticulous, noisy and overdriven 808 drum track/DJ tool is in order on "Shape Fascination" while "Size Devotion" hammers the message home in thunderous fashion on this fierce warehouse techno monster full of wobbly metallic textures.
Review: Work Them boss Spencer Parker excels at blurring the boundaries between house and techno, and this latest remix package shows that he extends a similar aesthetic to his choice of remixers. Recruiting DJ Deep to rework "Shape Fascination", the Deeply Rooted House owner turns in two stunning versions. The first is a lithe, understated groove peppered with subtle chord stabs and tonal shifts, while the second dub take is more driving and percussive, with Deep upping the tempo and delivering dense claps over a tight rhythm. Akirahawks is drafted in to rework "Riff Shapes" and delivers disco loops and repetitive organ riffs over a tracky house workout while on the Setaoc Mass version of "Shape Fascination", the balance tips in the favour of techno, courtesy of lead-weight kicks and firing percussion.
Depraved Thought In Depraved Times - (7:07) 127 BPM
Finesse - (7:54) 126 BPM
Review: White Material has been one of this year's breakthrough labels, with the trio of label founders Galcher Lustwerk, DJ Richard and Young Male all becoming some of the year's most talked about artists. As well as possessing the crew's most amusing Twitter presence, Young Male becomes the first White Material artist to surface elsewhere, emerging on Spencer Parker's Work The label with the Lost My E EP. As expected Young Male focused on tough 909 workouts across the four tracks here, and despite being stropped back they each pack some serious dancefloor punch - - check the pounding toms of "Finesse" for proof.