Dave Taylor: Simply Switch
Plus: Jamie Thinnes, Kate Simko summer warm-up
better represents such a free-form, sample-heavy state of mind than
Switch began as a collaborative project between London-based producers Dave Taylor and Trevor Loveys (who has since carved out his own successful solo career) that inflated everything good about underground dance music’s varied incarnations with harder influences of tech, acid and various quirks-and-jerks. In 2003, Taylor and Loveys released the track that would not only put Switch on the map, but also catapult the record label of their friend Jamie Odell (aka Jimpster) into the spotlight. The ubiquitous “Get Ya Dub On” would be a hit for Freerange Records and spark an underground, global movement of genre-bending beats.
and Loveys eventually parted ways, with only
many have been quick to label the stylistic movement associated with Taylor and
his contemporaries as “fidget house,” the more prominent players and artists
associated with the origins of the so-called genre have never had much time for
it. Taylor and the artists in his circle, many of who have broken musical
boundaries of their own on
Beat Breeze: If Dave Taylor is a kind of summer squall, then Jamie Thinnes is a sunny ray of house music traditionalism. The West Coast-based artist continues to transcend the genre-constrained labels of “fidget” and “jackin’” to remain true to his clean vision of sound. As the owner of the influential Seasons Recordings—which originally began as the equally influential Earthtones Recordings—Thinnes has remained true to his vision of quality house music since the inception of the label in 1998. The imprint even gave the fledging house duo Natural Rhythm their start.
the interim 10 years, Thinnes has seen tastes change and change again, all the
while remaining true to his no-nonsense, soulful approach to A&R and DJing.
Less experimental than
Thinnes returns to
Simply Spectral: The Spectral Sound Residency Tour
returns to this month’s installment of Projekt at Six Degrees, this time
welcoming the live P.A. wrangling of Kate
Simko. The Spectral Sound artist melds the warm, funky basslines of house
with the more androgynous tones of techno, creating an angular array of hot and
cold beats. Influenced by recent musical jaunts to