At first I was pretty skeptical about this release. Everyman and his dog are having a shot at this House music nowadays and when I saw this release with the title ‘The Disco EP’, I assumed it would be more of the same old. Then I asked myself if I could justify my skepticism, aaand I really couldn’t. I was enjoying some twitter banter the other day with an e-friend of mine and we were talking about how a lot of old Garage House music just originated with DJs in the States wanting to focus on the sections of records that they enjoyed most – namely just looping the instrumentals or breakdowns; better for dancing.
So why was I so quick to judge this release? I guess House music has become a hell of a lot more commercial than it used to be, even just in the late 90s. Pop music has moved on from a heavily R&B influenced sound – your Justin Timberlakes or your Rihannas (please excuse my ignorance, I don’t know all that much about modern pop music) – to a much more club-oriented House/Techno sound like what Lady GaGa or the Black Eyed Sellouts have been releasing. But I don’t think that’s enough to justify a change of opinion – House music is still produced by and large, by DJs and hopeful producers operating out of their bedrooms, with a real passion for what they’re doing.
Sure I could criticize the production values, or doubt the legitimacy of this label I’ve never heard of, and these 4 no-name (or yet-to-make-names-for-themselves) producers. But nah, this is some proper House music – sample an old disco tune, slap on some drum samples and let the dance floor decide. Plus Panther Hands’ tune is funky as hell ?
Beatport: petFood – The Disco EP