Spektrum – Kinda New (Teifschwarz Remix) [Play House/Maxi]
2003 was a turning point for a lot of house heads as progressive was beginning to become what some considered to be a deadlock. Funky house was still being funky and tech house was more of a whisper rather than a bellow at Fabric. It was clear that 2003’s autumn after the Ibiza season a new strain of house music was pushing through this house music was far dirtier and darker and was also more tailored towards good times on a sweaty night at your local club. It’s worth considering that we were yet to hear Deep Dish – Flash Dance, Lola’s Theme was still a Shapeshifters unidentified Miami dream and house music had miniature nods towards a believable proper back room underground sound.
Teifschwarz have an incredible knack at putting together a good record or remix; having prepared and delivered some astounding music over the years. Take “Damage” a Tracey Thorne vocal workout which sounds lush and deepened with stunning drama. “Issst” a tense electro record for contorted faces seen more favourably at 5 in the morning and a personal favourite for me their much loved “Ghost Track” which is a fine tutorial in accurate, dirty, weird electro house music.
With their remix of Kinda New Teifschwarz looked at the original track and instantly found the electro potential by directly choosing the original slap bass to full effect as the intro begins to release. The crescendo and breakdown is indisputably Teifschwarz with squeaks and electronic bleeps – the vocal of “we all live and die” cuts out to a roll of large kick drums and distortion – and then it drops, which always (and still does when I play it) cause everyone who is listening to grin and boogie.
When this record was played in a club it used to feel like a new-fangled indicator to where music was heading, it was years before electro house became tiresome and popular trade music. It’s a record that still never leaves my bag, a modern classic for house heads and a piece of music which I think still stands the test of the time almost 7 years ago. A true classic.
(p.s. If you have the playhouse releases on 12” keep it – it’s worth a fair bit now)
Tom Belte – Habit Resident.