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Have a listen to the absolutely beautiful remix of Jay Shepheard’s “Add Arp” by Catz ‘N Dogz. An incredibly blissful saxophone track is layered over the top and the original structure left intact, I must say it is as if the original “Add Arp” was only a first draft just waiting for the finishing touches after hearing this version. This will be released as RETROFIT #8 and pressed to vinyl along with a remix by Iron Curtis on another Retrofit tune, “String Theory.” Below is a video sneak peak of the remix and a longer mp3 sneak peak.
Catz ‘N Dogz @ Rave Autonomica 2012
Jay Shepheard is at it again, more heat following his RA podcast. This time around he does an entirely live set, including a lot of unreleased material that will be coming out in the near future and exclusive material that Jay is keeping under wraps. Watch out for Jay, his creative energy is at a high point right now and he will be touring Europe and the US in the coming months. Rumor of SF & LA visits are circulating! Keep track of his confirmed dates here.
Also look out for some big releases on his label Retrofit, with productions by Catz N Dogz, Iron Curtis, Martin Dawson, Matthew Burton & Kate Rathod, Manolo and possibly Session Victim.
Two of Habituate’s favorite producers, Jay Shepheard and Tad Wily, team up for the 7th release on Retrofit. Jay and Tad ease on in to things with steady pieces of boogie and 80′s proto house. Track A2, “The Electric Model,” really showcases the unique sound of this duo, the out of tune brass synthesizer that chirps in and out of this piece sounds like Tad’s style and the melodic progression sounds like Jay’s doing. The biggest tune on this release is definitely B2. “Hefty Done Me Right” (TW Dub Cut) is a kitschy funked out late night romper. It blends the perfect amount of sexiness and friskiness. If you are wanting more, keep on the look out for a Shep’ N Wily full length album scheduled for release this year.
Some test pressings still available for a really good price Here.
The following are excerpts.
A1: Hefty Done Me Right
A2: The Electric Model
B1: One Night In Puzon
B2: Hefty Done Me Right (TW Dub Cut)
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Little is known about Tad Wily other than the fact that he is responsible for the Tape Love EP from Smash Hit Music. Habituate had the pleasure of this exclusive interview and mix.
Artwork by Julius Tanag.
1. Isotope 217 – <<
2. Munga – Freak (Munga's Back In The Jungle Baby)
3. Linntronix – Cool Out (Refresh)
4. Christophe – The Force (Lukas mix)
5. Justin Winks vs. Casio Social Club – Rock the Discotheque
6. Albert Cabrera – Ulticut Ups!!! Extreme Cut Up
7. The House Rockers – Everybody Do It
8. The Glimmers – U Rocked My World (Pete Herbert & Tristan Da Cunha Mix)
9. Konk – Your Life (Party Mix)
10. Master Plan – Electric Baile (Commercial Mix)
11. Shep' N Wily – One Night In Puzon
12. Ark – Stoptheball
13. Dimlite – Es Gschänk (Outro)
Q: What style of music do you produce?
A: “I’m not a big fan of genres… but if I had to choose I’d love it to be Swamp Pop, because it’s the coolest genre name out there, but I’m afraid it rather fits Beatport’s ‘Indie Dance’ description. Or you can think of it as a mess done right.”
Q: When it comes to music production, what era’s and artists do you look to for inspiration?
A: “No artists in particular, really. I tend to look for single tunes that have something unusual or inspiring in them. There’s plenty of little gems around that don’t have any important artist name written all over it, but have awful loads of character. I’ve got a soft spot for late 70’s Post Punk/No Wave stuff, early 80’s House, or Rap/Boogie tunes and various fusions of these. I’m also a big fan of weird things and small imperfections; vocals out of tune, distorted hi-hats, noisy guitar cables, etc. These things often add up to the uniqueness of stuff, which to some degree gone missing when people started to produce preliminarily on digital setups.”
Forthcoming on Jay Shepheard’s label Retrofit. Also Shepheard and the man behind Retrofit #6 answer a few questions about the release and the label.
Q: Who is Rudy’s Midnight Machine?
Jay Shepheard: “Rudy’s Midnight Machine is the side project from Robin Lee – one half of the Faze Action duo.”
Q: Who is Ee Ef Ex?
Jay Shepheard: “Ee Ef Ex is a debut side project of mine.”
Q: Robin, what has influenced your recent work?
Robin Lee: “I suppose it changes all the time. I grew up listening to sounds in the 80′s so it’s easy for me to come from that angle. Coupled with the current trend of stripped down house music which is a joy to play out. I try and keep my influences subliminal. By that I mean, I don’t go out to recreate a track from the past that I might like but I let those influences naturally come out. I think it allows you to make more original stuff. Of course one of my big influences recently has been the Retrofit series, Jay Shep and OOFT amongst others.”
Q: Can you shed some light on the production of these tracks, what hardware, software, synthesizers, live recording (if any) is used?
Robin Lee: “I’m using Logic 9 on a Mac G5 with Adam A8X monitors. We have a small 16 channel desk that we track things through. For a lot of the synth parts I use an old Sequential Circuits 6trak analogue synth. It’s actually one of the first analogue synths to have midi so it can end up being very hands on when you’re tracking parts down. It seems to cut mixes like a knife through butter as well. For the live bass I either use a Fender Jazz bass (Vintage Japanese Edition) or a Lakland 5 string beast (it’s actually extra long scale to properly accommodate that low bottom end). The guitar is a hand made Heartfield through an old Sound City amp that I mic up with an SM57 and then gate to give it that slightly clipped sound. I have a large sample library that I use with the built in sampler in Logic (EXS24), and I get my samples from loopmasters or sounds to sample.”
Q: From what I understand Jay, you used to be based in Germany and moved back to the UK, has this change in location influenced your production and the spawning of the retrofit label?
Jay Shepheard: “Yes that’s right. I was living in Berlin for a year or so from 2009… Its a great city and I love it there, I will almost certainly go back for a while at some point. However I grew up in London and had been away for 2 and a half years (I was living in Poland with my fiance before Berlin) so thought it was time to come back home for a while. At that time Juno was just starting their distribution project so I asked if they’d be interested in doing a label with me and its just gone on from there – I have a pretty tight relationship with Juno as before I moved away I was working there for about 7 years. As far as influencing my production I think both cities have pretty broad scenes these days so I don’t think the moving about really changed my styles so much…Especially with how much listening you can do + promo etc all online these days I guess geographic boundaries between musical tastes in different cities have broken down a lot.”
Jay Shepheard & Matthew Burton – Liberal Zee
“Liberal Zee” from the latest installment on Retrofit has been informally named “that track with the live bass.”
If you aren’t acquainted with Retrofit yet it is one to watch out for. I personally have picked up every piece since the label was created and I’m awaiting #5 now. In my perspective Retrofit is the culmination of sounds that take a look back and and a greater look forward in regards to dance music; meaning the sounds of the past are reinvented and revamped. The label isn’t really about laying old samples over new tracks it’s more about laying the influences of the past and present into the robust sounds of the future. And the tracks are true to the labels name; they are really good for mixing in with records of yesteryear. In one of my own mixes (Jackin’ Basement Brew) you can hear Chez Damier’s untitled track on KMS 049 from back in ’93 mixed in with “Movin’ In” from Retrofit #1 as if 17 years never passed. I have a feeling these tunes will withstand the test of time, they will continue to resurface again and again in the future.
Here are samples of the rest of the EP. (These mark a new turn for the label, they are the most minimalistic by far).
“Just You” (Matthew & Kates remix)
This release is available digitally as well —> Digital [Retrofit 5]