Burial – Rodent (Hyperdub)

Promising New

Promising New

The UK producer has released the 10-inch vinyl of his new track on Hyperdub backed with a label boss’ Kode9 Remix. Preceded by the digital edition, available to download from mid-September, the physical format hits the shelves at the beginning of Autumn season.

In a way, “Rodent” is a surprise, though it participates of all elements we recognize since Burial came with “Untrue,” ten years ago. We got what we expect, his always distinctive cinematic, concerning and reflexive descriptions due to score midnight on city street views. It helps to be a Londoner, but everybody knows there’s a place that sounds like that wherever you do the hooded walking.

It comes from a place left behind and transformed. It gets the picture of deserting neighborhoods in vacant buildings with windows and doors walled up, urban nightlands echoing the emptiness of what it was in a look back. “Hey” sounds like a close-up for attention; same breaths hit the ground; horn samples break as forgotten coma punctuation in the story, while archangelical chorus flies over 90’s ambient jungle oblivion. Bassline takes us back in time to a basement club where the formative 2-step garage was growing.

But “Rodent” is surprising because instead of being an abstract proposal to fit a thought into the ghostly dark side, it is focused, even propulsive in deep garage house. It promises something new, leaving a moving trace of change. An R&B vocal sample does the job. A sentence like “What would I do without you?” is tech-treated as parts, rolling together in a random mode to configure an unprecise but envolving mantra, resembling an Adham’s calling. That’s full-stop for further considerations.

On the reverse, Kode9 remixes the original turning its fragmented vocal sample into a frantic “on looping”-“I do it” footwork, one of the cornerstones with he built “Nothing” album in 2015, dedicated to Spaceape (Stephen Samuel Gordon) memory. It has nothing to do with Burial’s piece, which proves how different are the ways both artists have chosen to evolute from their common roots.

We wait for William Emmanuel Bevan (a.k.a Burial)’ new material at the end of the year, as he did with “Truant/Rough Sleeper”(2012); “Rival Dealer,” (2013) and “Young Death/Nightmarket” (2016). This time, Burial kept a consistent pace of releases. In April he added a remix for the “Inner City Life (2017 Rebuild)”, reconsidering Goldie’s seminal track from 1994 album debut “Timeless.” He followed the ambient atmosphere of “Young Death” with single “Subtemple/Beachfires,” appeared in May. Unexpected was the July smokier take from Mønic (Simon Shreeve)’ “Deep Summer,” celebrating the 50th reference of Osiris imprint. Now, it’s Autumn, and we have a promising new Burial.

Marlena Shaw – Woman of the Ghetto EP (Catz ‘N Dogz Remix) [Pets Recordings]

I Want You To Get Together

Catz ‘N Dogz (Grzegorz Demiañczuk and Wojciech Tarañczuk) take over this iconic vocal live sample to officially honor American jazz, blues, soul singer Marlena Shaw. The three-tracks EP will be out on August 25 through their imprint, Pets Recordings.

Premiered by BBC Radio 1 DJs Pete Tong and Annie Mac, it’s a surprise summer track. It’s the kind to be on that list of titles that update old sounds for a purpose, as well as Bedouin will drop Pink Floyd’s “Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun” on the same date. It’s another suggestion what Berlin based Polish duo have done with the original material though. Instead of a recreational cover, they take the vocal sample to a current techno deep house beat from where suddenly rumps an acid straight line. As simple as it has ignited every track, remix and DJ set that has used it throughout these years, more than two decades. But, this time, in full credit. A second version goes for the Afrobeat percussion inspired and developed from the back then stage performance.

Originally included on her second studio album “The Spice Of Life,” the last she released for Chess’ subsidiary Cadet Records in 1969, ‘Woman Of The Ghetto’ got a live version on July 5, 1973, at Montreux Jazz Festival. The recorded performance hit the shelves a few months later as “Marlena Shaw/Live: Cooking With Blue Note At Montreux”. The moody spoken introduction to the song became house music’s legacy. The line hit with Blue Boy’s “Remember Me (Pharm, 1997) and peaked with ‘Rose Rouge,’ on St. Germain’s album “Tourist” (Blue Note, 2000).

It is by way of tribute not only to Marlena Shaw herself but for a generation that grew in the 90s; a period trended on the so-called rare groove scene. At the end of the 60s, she occasionally ventured in soul charts, right after being the vocal counterpart for Jazz giants like Cannonball Adderley and Ramsey Lewis Trio. Splitting from Cadet Records, she worked periodically with Count Basie until she signed for Blue Note in 1972 to build a solid recording career. She left some gems on the way, and diggers were aware. As it happened with ‘California Soul,’ with Diplo’s remix featured on volume 4 of the “Verve Remixed” compilation series, now it’s time to recognize officially to Marlena Shaw for the famous inviting phrase on the “Woman Of The Ghetto” introduction line in a remix.