Monday, February 7, 2011

LOC005 - Contakt - Not Forgotten

Just out on digital today this new funky release on London's Local Action label from TURRBOTAX®'s Contakt. Check the the tunes below my review and head over to Halcyondigi to support this local action. Also well worth the free download (follow the link to soundcloud) is Contakt's remix of Svpreme Fiend's Fervor from late summer. Full post after the jump ...
New York's own Contakt makes his debut on Local Action's fifth release and its first of the new year. Headed by FACT magazine contributing editor Tom Lea, Local Action has begun to make a name for itself as an important piece of the current House music puzzle. With EP's from rising artists like T. Williams and Svpreme Fiend laying the foundation last year, the label has continued to pursue its two-pronged attack plan of danceable melancholia and soulful vocal edits. Contakt, has been waiting in the wings of the independent music industry for some time - working in the ranks of important indie outlets such as Fat Beats and XLR8R magazine. He is better known, and perhaps more importantly so, as a resident DJ at Brooklyn's House/Garage/Techno night TURRBOTAX®. Needless to say this release has been a long time coming. Not Forgotten is a excellent take on the UK Funky formula, which spreads out phasing chords and echoing vibes over a scratchy kick-snare combo and muted, growling hover. Were it not for the drums and understated sincerity of the chiming lead melody this track might come off as just shy of progressive. Rolando's remix strips away some of the tracks layering and adds energetic claps to create a more international Funky House flavor. On Rhodophyta, Contakt goes in for a kick-happy 2-step riddim, complete with circa-2000 violin stabs and frolicking stereo hi-hats. This is a hidden gem of a B-side and just as hypnotic as the title track. With early support from Ikonika and Sinden this release makes a very smart addition to the current Funky trend. Bravo!

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