What Is Guru
Art work by Ill Studio
Here is what Teki wrote in the promotext for the showcase night in Paris this Friday with Renaissance Man, Laidback Luke and Teki Latex:
“It doesn’t take an expert to notice that, in the last few months, a new musical family has built itself on the ruins of loud big beat-like fidget and overly distorted washing machine-electro.
Inspired by the “less is more” ethics of minimal techno as much as the DIY/”sample-anything-as-long-as-it’s-got-attitude” philosophy of hip-hop, this new unnamed form of groovy and refreshing house music is rising and Sound Pellegrino is proud to be at the forefront of such an exciting phenomenon.
In the wake of their acclaimed Dubsided hit EP “Spraycan”, with Kitsune and Deadfish releases already buzzing and the whole dance music world wanting a piece of them in 2009, Finnish duo Renaissance Man deliver a massive EP for Sound Pellegrino which promises to catch the ear of an insanely wide spectrum of audiences, confirming their status of most exciting new house act of the year.
It is quite hard to resist the catchiness of the tongue-in-cheek vocal sample in “What Is Guru”, and even your mother will soon ask you to burn her a CD of “that Krishna song” you play all the time. But once the novelty’s gone, the thing that makes “What Is Guru” an ultimate club hit is the impeccable and original production, serving a groove reminiscent of Akufen’s early radio-chopping work. It’s so good that Riva Starr, a fan of the early demo version of the original, and one of artists who helped define this new sound we keep writing about, made us the honor to provide an infectious percussive remix which will prove itself more than useful for DJs who aren’t feeling the whole vocal/spiritual breakdown thing. “Aloha” and its accompanying dub are equally as lethal on dancefloors, perpetuating the tradition of tribal, menacing post-Baltimore Sound Pellegrino riddims installed by Zombie Disco Squad’s “Eurovision”.
We said we weren’t gonna give it a name, but if “sparse house music with conceptual samples” is an army, then Renaissance Man are the most devoted soldiers who become generals in the middle of the movie.
Renaissance Man – What Is Guru (direct link)