- Release Date 2016-11-28
- Label BugEyed Records
- Catalog FIX001
Originally released in 1999, the GenderFix duo of Jeff Renton and Ray Starr recorded LIVE TO 2 INCH in 1998 to analog 2" tape and mixed it through the same NEVE 8078 40/32 analog mixing console that Pink Floyd used to create their seminal 'Dark Side of the Moon' album.
No computers or VSTs were used during this recording. All sounds and sequencing came from analog drum machines, outboard instruments and synthesizers. Vocals were live tracked and chopped up in hardware samplers.
LIVE TO 2 INCH is, in every sense, the real deal: original electronic analog dance music.
Recording gear included a Roland Jupiter 6, Roland MC-505, Korg X3, Yamaha SU700, ARP Axxe, Mellotron MKII, Boss SP-202, Simmons SDS-V with Hexagon Pads, Marshall JMP-1, Yamaha FX500B, live electric and bass guitars plus any number of quirky little boxes with dials and knobs that were found tucked away in dusty corners throughout the recording studio.
EDM, Electro House and Electroclash hadn't been invented yet. Daft Punk, Massive Attack and Aphex Twin were all sparkling and new. The Prodigy and The Chemical Brothers were only just hitting their stride. An unknown artist named Peaches opened GenderFix live shows.
Amongst these heady times the innovation of GenderFix married densely cloistered Krautrock, shoegaze and post-punk hooks and beats with 1998's burgeoning house, psy-trance, progressive and techno underground.
Prior to the debut of LIVE TO 2 INCH, such a blend did not exist in dance music.
GenderFix set the pace by building unique sonic layers that preferred sensation and aesthetics over accepted and carefully sculpted genre definitions. Projects working alongside legendary UK shoegaze band CURVE, techno innovator John Acquaviva, Erasure's Vince Clarke and Duran Duran's Roger Taylor cemented the duo's pioneering influence on the widespread electro and house music fusion that eventually followed, merging GenderFix and their BugEyed Records imprint with early recordings by then unknown superstars-to-be ZEDD and Deadmau5.
At it's heart LIVE TO 2 INCH is a murderer's row of killer productions. Coolly powerful hooks and take-no-prisoner rhythms march alongside walls of arpeggiated pulses drenched in analog effect racks that oftentimes sound like a series of explosions in a far-off synthesizer factory. Softness and melody firmly articulated within a tapestry of rigor and density; flowing under an icy and industrial terrain laden with punching bass and pounding drum machines.
Two decades on, songs like 'DISCO ZOMBIE' and 'OBSESSED (It's Not Love)' underscore the GenderFix secret weapon: a textured and aggressive focus lurking alongside soaring pop hooks, sublime chord changes and blissed-out bass grooves.
Every beat on 'OASIS' is a crisp, metallic swell trapped within a shimmering halo of hazy and seductive noise; a membrane through which the individually chorded notes branch outward like nerves.
Where 'OASIS' dissolves it's dance beats into aquatic textures, 'PILL PRESS' and 'OCCAM'S RAZOR' solidify the atrophy into hard muscle. A technological highway of modern hot-rod music, harnessing the gliding momentum and beatbox fury into heart-racing, horizon-bound psychedelic electro punk.
When the guardrail-scraping acceleration of tracks like 'ACETYLENE' and 'BRÄKEN FAÜST' is answered by the open sunroof sway of 'BLEW MY MIND' and 'CRYSTAL EYES'; songs that serve as the connective tissue between UK House and what would unfold into the Electroclash of the early 2000s.
During the more subdued moments of 'MUSE, FAME & CHILD VICES' and 'DEEP BLUE' the brilliant intricacies remain best appreciated alone, through headphones, and preferably in a room where long shadows creep onto the walls while echoing the rich elements of the analog mix layered thickly, yet proportionately.
Few dance records sound like this; the gentle, blushing moments of formed orchestration degenerating into a harsh and menacing monochromatic stomp, alongside billowing synthetic curtains of Moroder-esque arpeggios that bubble in time to robotic click clacks. Celestial chords forming dynamic and vivid melodies with astral qualities that burn, shimmer and glow against one another; the collective result coalescing into an alien soundscape seemingly imported from an alternate, parallel history of modern dance music.
This is GenderFix... LIVE TO 2 INCH
0001 Cute Things Bite (Intro Tool)
0002 Disco Zombie
0003 Pill Press
0004 Occam's Razor
0005 Blew My Mind
0006 Obsessed (It's Not Love) Dub
0008 Muse, Fame & Child Vices
0009 Oasis (contact)
0010 Deep Blue
0011 Crystal Eyes
0012 Bräken Faüst (Night Version)
0013 Live To 2 Inch (Continuous Analog Live Mix)
CONTINUOUS ANALOG LIVE MIX TRACKLIST:
00:00 Cute Things Bite
00:54 Disco Zombie
03:21 Blew My Mind
08:50 Crystal Eyes
13:11 Muse, Fame & Child Vices
16:39 Bräken Faüst (Night Version)
22:55 Pill Press
30:25 Oasis (contact)
35:54 Occam's Razor
39:48 Obsessed (It's Not Love) Dub
46:04 Deep Blue