jamie paton has been a regular fixture on emotional especial since the label first came to light, conjuring up a seductive blend of leftfield dance music with a broad range of influences. this time around he s turning out some of his remixes, leading in with the sweaty, dense throb of sexy merlins see you in the dark. guy schlaloms habibi by way of contrast becomes a lighter confection peppered with bubbly synth lines and an almost poppy persuasion. blancmanges feel me has a more cosmic lilt in its voluminous tones, and overdrive by gatos negros drifts out on an off-kilter kind of boogie for all manner of deviant dancers to get head-nodding to.
jamie paton, one half of the duo cage and aviary has in interviews expressed his thoughts about if slouchy techno can be viewed as an own genre. the answer lies in this 7” - “telefuture / blind summit” - released on hoga nord rekords, on which the label above is highly appropriate to sum up the sound. the tracks contain elements from your techno favorites dating three decades back, but the tempo and the production creates a slouchy (in the words most positive sense) feeling clearly influenced by the slow motion house of cage and aviary.
with the bizarre feeling ep laying the sound for the subsequent fist year of the label, it is right jamie returns with ep#2 to move things forward with another twisted take on his unique mutoid-protoid-machine-funk-groove. starting with mad obsession you would be forgiven for thinking you ll have bizarre feeling part 2, with warped vocals - taken from late night, half asleep scribbled notes - and space echo haze, but let the percussion work-out trip you up and the stars in and before you know it things start going leftfild and then deeper with the free party sound system bass line shuffl of time nearly time. what he is on (about), no one knows. it is on the flp however that things take a darker turn. beyond the confession booth, down sharp stairs and dripping ceiling to a red light lit room of latter day late night blues.
emotional especial is the new label from the emotional recordings stable. a sub label to emotional response, especial is though squarely aimed at the floor rather than the head. in a similar vain to the limited 4 eps-only label that was emotional relish, it will merge the sounds and styles that influence contemporary electronic producers, taking in new wave, new beat, ebm and proto-house to create something modern. jamie paton of cage & aviary helms the debut release with bizarre feeling. a youth soaking up punk, dub and new wave, the ep acts at times as a homage to the sounds of new order, the the, kraftwerk and the then other-wordly machine funk emanating out of mid-80s chicago. with both timothy j fairplay and scott fraser aiding and abetting down in the scrutton street bunker studio, with keys, guitar and a heavy dose of space echo, plus hypnotic fx laden vocals from jamie himself, all propel the ep beyond pastische and make the perfect start to especial.
emotional especial looks back at the first 9 releases since it s inception to provide a selection or -eleccio- via a special dubbed out dj meets studio mix from label stalwart jamie paton. ever since the first white labels appeared at the end of summer 2013, emotional especial has been busy putting out music that are their own warped take on club music. mixing the influences of dub, electro, disco, proto-house, house and techno, a sound appeared without any preordained plan. to celebrate the end of the first series of releases come ees10cd - a dj meets studio compilation mix created by label artist, remixer and even in-house designer, jamie paton. freaturing tracks from every ep, including two unreleased remixes are the tight productions of richard sen, the wiggle of scott fraser, deep, chugging cage & aviary dubs, the eastern influences of baris k and newcomers khidja, the quirky discoid wonk of maurice & charles and finally not forgetting of course, the stand out timothy j fairplay touches. whether alongside mr weatherall, andy blake or in solo remix mode, young -junior-s skills (and name) grows and grows. all this is perfectly put together by jamie paton, the man who launched the label with his bizarre feeling ep. as well as the inclusion of several unreleased cuts, jamie has edited the -selection-, adding live studio dubbing, fx and the odd mega-mix to make it truly (e)special.
volume 2 of retakes of c cat trances unique post-punk meets world beat brings the collaboration between malka tuti and emotional rescue to a close. here again, the label s call in a selection of heads to re-envisage a modern vision of the music to present a perfect representation for today.
LA NOUVELLE EPOQUE (AUTARKIC, JAMIE PATO, FRED UND LUNA RMX)
12" Vinyl D08.12.17
the industry of dance music can be as soul-crushing as any other. those thrills and spills of late, loud nights come with a best-before expiry date, after which even the most seasoned selector-producer-scenemaker begins to wrinkle their nose. to have experienced it all over 15+ years and seek to see it unfold again through fresh eyes, what sort of lunatic would willingly put themselves through that? v would. so its a new character, but who was the mysterious v in a past life? make your own conclusions. a little digging will lead you toward the origin story, but sometimes the pleasure comes from the unknowing. opt to enjoy the silence. silence, however, is not the focal point for v. in fact, this new form is a way to discard baggage and revitalise the process of music making.
originally operating in the 80s industrial scene, plus instruments have recently found a new lease of life. (emotional) especial are just the kind of label to jump on such deviant club fare, and on this package -love is enough- gets a variety of remixes that all embrace the groups seedy ambience. richard sen brings a muscular thrust to the track, while khidja takes a more delicate approach. luke solomon meanwhile casts his years of experience in oddball house on his steady grooving version, and then jamie paton taps into the industrial vein to finish the package off in fine style.
played by agcp/dr cuts(plus seven), sergio rizzolo, malka tuti
emotional especial and cocktail d amore music enter cahoot-mode once again with a second round of sfire remixes that take proceedings down a deeper, more stripped-back path courtesy of the inimitable timothy j fairplay and willie burns. two artists who need little introduction offer up two remixes each that take the unique original to new dance floor extremes. timothy steps up first with his take on -sfire 2- via differing vocal and instrumental versions. his trademark, echo laden rolling percussion and john carpenter-style key lines take the original synth-pop homage to the dark room. adding arps, a lifting, hedonistic breakdown and the scatter-stepper drums and claps found on the instrumental version and this is pure cotf territory and the better for it. mr willie burns meanwhile has long followed his own path for his take on -sfire 3-, offering one of his deepest remixes to date. thudding kick, brooding pads and dark strings force the vocals to go down, way down for examination. the distorted vocals of remix 1 are countered by remix 2 letting the track shine via a seemingly endless 4/4 beat. psychedelic, trance inducing, pulsating, this is an ever growing mind expanse.
after releases for discos capablanca and moon glyth, minneapolis collective food pyramid align with especial for a remix ep based around oh mercy, a track from their 2012 album mango sunrise. apparently a long term favourite of label boss stuart leath, the warped breakbeat jam fusion of the original is ripe for reinvention and gets the remix treatment from especial in house team apophenia, inhalt and jamie paton. its the full on italo pumper remix from san francisco s inhalt that really impresses too, with especial right to compare it to timmy regisford classic remix of >rules to survive< by noi
our first release on twhe that doesn t directly involve cage & aviary hails from adelaide in oz. we met sid on myspace, and very quickly signed him up to be one of our 6 remix victims for a series that we re putting out