Hot on the heels of “Turned On Volume 1”, the compilation arranged and curated by Neoteric that brought behemoth club talents Crookers, Brodinski, Radioclit, Nadastrom, Mikix The Cat, Schlachthofbronx, and Savage Skulls amongst others together on one titanic club compilation that was responsible for lots of spilled champagne, bad ideas, and full body jacking that leaves you waking up with bruises the morning after. Now we’re at it again with another compilation letting six new dancefloor behemoths loose onto the general public. This time Neoteric’s narrowed down the selection to pick out six tracks from up-and-comers around the world that will make you move in ways you didn’t know physics would allow.
Bird Peterson‘s “Space Wizards (Of Moon Zero)” sounds like a rave on New Year’s Eve 1999 at the second in a parallel universe where the Y2K virus was real and computers suddenly gained sentience and unleashed an Armageddon with enough syncopated percussion to make your eyeballs roll into the back of your head. There’s a subtlety to the rising and falling percussion blasts that becomes more appreciated on repeat listens, but it’s mostly the kind of track that will have the club stomping enough to trick people outside into thinking that there’s square dancing going on inside.
Poupon follows his fly remix of Meati & Meech’s “Bock” with a remix of “Space Wizards” that goes for a long, rising arc instead of a series of frantic buildups and releases. It’s a bubbling choir of pitch shifted grunts and mutters, while the beat climbs to Mount Fuji-esque heights and then proceeds to fling itself off the edge without any thought of a parachute. Think 6am, mixing bottles of Nyquil with vodka in a parking lot outside the club, and a hands-in-the-air club jam that oscillates between spacy vocals and brisk, no nonsense meaty percussion.
California based Mom & Dad weave some vocal house magic in “This Joint”, which swaggers comfortably around the excellent employment of its sample into a whooping hollering summer beach party jam of undeniably catchy magnitude, darting into the shadows at times but never straying too far from its hip-house roots.
If “This Joint” were a person, then Panton & Cyron B would’ve layed it under an operating table, jacked it up on black market morphine, and performed some cybernetic plastic surgery on it, morphing it into a underground deep tech-house assassin that bears only the slightest resemblence to the original product. Clashing drums and brooding percolating blips do their thing overtop a vocal sample that could’ve been recorded in the bowels of the seventh layer of hell. Deconstructing the vibrant party vibe of the original turns this one into something darker, but nonetheless just as likely to make you reach on the dancefloor.
Astronomar‘s contribution to Turned On Volume 2 takes the cake in terms of the track most likely to make you drop whatever you’re doing and go “what am I listening to?” The sound of an MS-DOS program committing suicide or a coffee pot exploding on the kitchen stove are two descriptors that try to describe it, but probably the closest I can come is to say that it’s an utterly unique piece of infectious hiccuping house music, employing a vocal sample that sounds like it’s taken from a schoolyard chant or ancient curse that will stay locked in the inner regions of your eardrums for months to come.
Hijack‘s jacking bouncy electro shuffle funk feels well suited to remixing this gem, and he drizzles a healthy layer of Chicago style house syrup on this one. Chunky drums, spliced vocals, and an effect that sounds like it’s adding an electric saw to the mixdown all round out this crystallized beat.
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Neoteric is a Berlin based, by way of Vancouver, DJ and producer that’s been known to unearth only the best in new talent. A long time subject on the Discobelle site, via his tracks, mixes, and the infamous “Mystery Mix” projects, it was only natural to extend this reach to Discobelle Records and find a proper home for these great tracks. For more on his efforts, head over to www.djneoteric.com.
Listen to a promo mix for the compilation from Mom & Dad, Neoteric, Astronmar & Bird Peterson.
And as a bonus we are giving away “This Joint”:
Mom & Dad – This Joint (direct link)