Hibernation : state of numbness in which some mammals are undergoing during winter months. After having launched his own DeeTeaseWax imprint with "Radikal Bear" EP as DaTraxer, the bear with sunglasses has been taking refuge in his den for ten years... Oddly enough at the time that music often goes with profusion and permanent channel-hopping. On his way back under a new moniker, Das Tracker releases a new upbeat and straightforward record which flirts with Premier Cru French house peppered with UK-inspired acid basslines. Four tracks that can't leave your feet indifferent for too long!
The record get its trumpeting start with « Skadoosh! ». This explosive track blends filters with powerful kick drums, swinging TB-303 basslines and a childish but infectious hook. « I understand that music I was making as DaTraxer could be perceived as something hybrid... Das Tracker’s pronounciation is more fluid, just like these four tracks in a way! », explains Julien. No need to say that this opening track couldn’t illustrate these words better!
Filters are also predominant in « Baile Fudge ». Here, the influence of Roulé (the record label run by Thomas Bangalter from late-Daft Punk) is clearly assumed! The recipe is: take a beat « on the rocks » and a shot of samples with 90s undertones. Add some chilled percussions, Alan Braxe-like voices, one catch-phrase from a cult series as well as an extra dose of fun... Mix them together and you are likely to get a sparkling and delicious French house music cocktail!
Second part of the record explores a « deeper » side while keeping the strength of the first two tracks. « By time and toil we sever what strength and rage could never. » tirelessly repeated Julien’s mother to whom « TV Waste » is dedicated. On this track, TB-303 meets abrasive and dizzying textures that could remind of experimental works from a fellow by the name of Kevin Shields...
« Never Be Sad Again? » closes the record with class and verve. Besides acid basslines that recurs on this EP, catchy vocals are overlaid on a rhythm inspired by 2010’s UK house revival. Indeed, record labels like Hotflush or as well as producers like Joy Orbison, Midland and Julio Bashmore deeply influenced Das Tracker’s sound. There is no doubt that this track will find some place in the bags or USB keys of DJs eager to play stylish but effective tunes!
Written, mixed and produced by Julien Badino at Drum Trax Workshop in and then Lyon, France.
Mastered by Jean-Charles Bastion at Studio MER/NOIR in Paris, France
Artwork by DownTownWork.com
Digital distribution by Believe