Tom Tom Club, who will be releasing ‘Downtown Rockers’ on September 11th. This is the first new release from the iconic pop band in more than a decade.
‘Downtown Rockers’ features Tom Tom Club’s characteristic upbeat fusion of electro and funk. The album was mixed by Ed Stasium, who also recorded and mixed Talking Heads ’77 and umpteen Ramones classics.
Known for timeless hits such as “Genius Of Love” and “Wordy Rappinghood”, Tom Tom Club was formed by Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth, two of the three founding members of Talking Heads. “Genius of Love” has been sampled countless times, most notably by Mariah Carey , who hit #1 with her version “Fantasy,” but also Grandmaster Flash, Tupac Shakur, T.I. and the Black Eyed Peas. In 2002, Frantz and Weymouth were inducted at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Dale Howard makes his second appearance on Lost My Dog following the ‘Merrt EP’ earlier in 2012. The ‘Inner City EP’ offers 4 more shining examples of Dale’s take on garage-influenced house music, with huge basslines and skipping beats paving the way for vintage synth stabs.
It’s a sound which has seen him hit the top of the sales charts for labels including Neurotraxx Deluxe, Off Recordings and Fear Of Flying. Dale has future releases penned for Noir and Morris Audio, as well as his own Static Audio imprint.
Turquoise Blue Recordings follow up their highly rated previous two releases with Finnish producer Arttu and his ‘Just This One Time’ EP. The title track opens with some chunky French-inspired strutting house, while ‘Soul Monk Funkker’ and ‘Stretch Yo Mind’ add some main room tech house moods and acidic touches to the EP.
Remixes come courtesy of Alex Arnout who brings a mellower, late-night feel to his remix of ‘Just This One Time’. Tom Ellis’s successful debut EP for the Newcastle based label earns him a remix spot here with a tribal tech workout, making this a package sure to continue the big name support Turquoise Blue had already garnered from DJ’s such as Clive Henry, Moodymanc, Motorcitysoul, Shur-I-Kan, Florian Kruse and more.
Finnish producer Arttu (now based in Portugal) is the new name being used by Lump. 2011 has seen Arttu remix for 4Lux and release original material on Philpot. As Lump, he has worked with a range of labels including Contexterior, Morris Audio and Rrygular.
From DJ’ing in bars in Spain to releases alongside Bugz In The Attic and then onto establishing the Dogmatik imprint which launched the career of Maya Jane Coles, Alex Arnout (aka Ceramix, Da Lunartiktz, Dread Poets, Output) is a name many will know all about from his releases on his own label as well as Hot Waves, One, Vitalik and Fear Of Flying.
Tom Ellis returns to Turquoise Blue following his ‘You Shaped’ EP that kicked off the labels catalogue back in September. The Welsh producer has been making a name for himself lately with music on Moon Harbour, Archipel, Minordust, Floppy Funk, 22 Digit and Logistic Records as well as his own Trimsound imprint.
Turquoise Blue hails from near to Newcastle upon Tyne and has been founded by Neil Harker. The label is inspired by underground house stalwarts such as Freak ‘n’ Chic, Crosstown Rebels and Leftroom, and more recently Supplement Facts, Culprit, Visionquest and Hot Creations – labels who have managed to grow while maintaining an underground spirit. The label’s debut release featured Tom Ellis, Kris Wadsworth, Arttu and Nick Turner, soon followed by Ruthit, MANIK and Boris Horel.
Title: Just This One Time
Label: Turquoise Blue
Release date: 04-11-11
1: Just This One Time
2: Just This One Time (Alex Arnout Nightdrive Mix)
3: Soul Monk Funkker (Tom Ellis Remix)
4: Stretch Yo Mind (Stretched Mix)
5: Soul Monk Funkker