I heard a conversation recently between a group of people talking about house music and how it has come about over the years. In some ways it has, in that with the aid of technology and so forth the ability to create music has been boosted into the public domain. However music is always about a feeling, regardless of genre or style. House music has always been about this. back in the early days (yes, vague memories they are) house stood for exactly this – the feeling. Look at the likes of Back To Basics and what not. A house night which started slow and built up deep – always house. Go even further to the likes of The Garage in the late 80s in which everything they ever played was described ain such the same way. It was more how you felt when you heard this sound.
In a day that technology is paramount to us, more people are creating music and becoming part of this movement. Now I am not going to spread the debate on whether this is good or bad – between you and me I am sick of hearing it – however one offshoot of this is the fact that music is in an abundance and sifting through this labyrinth of audible scenes can be a job in itself. This works in the DJs favour. You can source out music that fits your persona so you can play your ideas to the crowd. There are so many DJs out there who’s style cannot be copied or mimicked in any way shape or form.
So if your feeling is house, then you will love what I came across very recently from Outernational Recordings, Rotterdam. Their upcoming release welcomes Ben La Desh and our good friend James Johnston to the wax table for a delightful tale of this so called ‘house’ music.
James starts off the 12 with his recognisable style. A man that enjoys working the floor with his Glaswegian demeanour, this is there with the rest. A great piece of work and for those that usually buy his works will not be disappointed. I could have heard this in Basics a few years back and it would have certainly worked the crowd.
Side b welcomes a man who was unknown to ourselves however is one that we will definitely be keeping an eye on. Ben La Desh, who also resides in the same city as his host label, brings about a stunning piece of music. This track makes me want to go for a very long drive where the destination is as good as the track that took me there. This is definitely one for anyone’s box or ‘file’ing cabinet.