May 23, 2013
Young gun Kitt Bang became a famous Munich resident DJ over the past ten years, most notably for his sets at Zombocombo freak-theater. The old dog Enne has spun and produced records for nearly thirty years. He’s created and remixed tracks for labels like Compost, Permanent Vacation, Nang, and Tirk. Enne is also a member of the acclaimed Electunes band Mohear. The combination of these two DJs should probably result in a generation clash. But, instead, they’re creating cool sounds that touch on the ‘retro’ while bringing in the ‘new’ for a decidedly timeless dance music style. Their dance music is funky and weird, born from plenty of hours of sessions utilizing classic, analog gear like those of Moog infamy. It’s a step beyond the usual nu-disco glut … quality sounds from qualified sound-makers.
The Soul Preacher EP features three snazzy original tracks, opening with the beat-tastic “Be Careful.” This cut is hardly as cautious as its title might convey, with heavy bass lines, thick analog synth work, and a vocal recalling the ‘Electronic Body Music’ glory days. A funky breakdown with electric piano and bongo percussion is unexpected but adds to the delicious caliber on display here. Deep house territory is breached with “I Got the Word” which also reveals the origin of the EP’s title. Uplifting pianos, high strings, swingy beats, and the ‘soul preacher’ vocal combine for a confident, soulful detour. “The Bush” follows, further showing the diversity of this duo with its jumpy, bluesy rhythm, ageless organ riffs, and a spoken vocal taken right out of swampland. Also, “Be Careful” gets a special remix from the Munich-based Bartellow (keyboardist in the band Pollyester). A driving four-on-the-floor replaces the original’s vintage-sounding breaks, and the track throbs and snakes along a late night path, enhanced by ultra-low bass and synthy stabs and melodic lines. Four cool cuts … another winner from Electunes.
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