Chicago producer Erik Flash drops three strong Tech House originals with three remixes for his latest release on Parity Records.
1. Erik Flash 2600 West
The initial thump of the beat and fluttering percussion that pans with vigor is a precursor to the magic that will ultimately develop later in the lead cut "2600 West". It comprises a strong tapestry of varying acidic bass tones that build and release methodically, while a series of intermittently spaced vocal loops paying homage to west Chicago creeps eerily throughout the meat of the track. Vaguely reminiscent of Kraftwerk's "Expo", "2600 West" is an absolute floor burner that's destined to be a classic.
2. Erik Flash 2600 West (Karl Malone Remix)
Thought the original version of "2600 West" could not be matched Think again. Karl Malone's rework takes it entirely to a whole new orbit. The intro and outro is a DJ's dream, providing enough room to sport a skillful blend on either end. The original elements are dismantled, restructured, reloaded piece by piece and made anew. The result is a tightly woven strand of acid pulses that vibrate, swell, contract, and break apart only to reemerge harmoniously, a set of highly nuanced, manipulated Kraftwerkesque vocal snippets that play methodically but less liberally than it's counterpart throughout the space of the track, and a display of dynamic rests and peaks that ultimately spirit the listener, the dancer into a state of frenzy.
3. Erik Flash Bad Motha Funka
Agitated percussion and dark sporadic vocal snippets that are layered strategically against a back drop of moaning bass, a variety of wavering, repetitive, often frenetic chords used to strong effect and a sonic buzz that intermittently simmers and builds throughout the meat of the track for additional drama, make "Bad Motha Funka" easily a tech monster.
4. Erik Flash Bad Motha Funka (Syphon Remix)
The Syphon remix of "Bad Motha Funka" makes great use of time in terms of building and introducing a collage of sharper, repetitive vocal loops, improvisational synths, coordinated but limited bursts of thundering bass, expanded rolling acid and infrequent bleeps that are foundational in true techno. Play the original and back it up with the Syphon remix. Together both will make for one unforgettable, electric dance floor experience
5. Erik Flash Space Funk 9
"Space Funk 9", seems to fit remarkably between a genre mix of minimal tech house, old-school Chicago house and electro-synth-pop. "Prepare To Energize" by Torch Song comes to mind. It sets the stage with a collection of haunting female vocal loops that fit cozily throughout a narrow pattern of hypnotic rhythms, bubbled bass, airy atmospherics and sharp twisted chords that are occasionally transposed. "Space Funk 9" is raw, funky, beautiful in it's simplicity, reminiscent of something long since past but relevant today and most definitely a heater.
6. Erik Flash Space Funk 9 (Cab Remix)
The Cab Remix of "Space Funk 9" in part also treats us to another moment in time. Think Nucleus - "Jam On It" circa 1984; the electro-hip hop era. Though this mix provides the very off kilter drum pattern and popping bass of such material of that time, it is so much more. It offers a mix of fazed and exaggerated synths and a layering of electronic tones that move in pitch, quality, and strength; all of which are elements indicative of old and new techno and all of which provide those once haunting female vocal loops with a departure from it's original intent. Looking for something old made new, something innovative and different Listeners, dancers and DJs will find this remix thoroughly addictive.