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White Noise: Alden Tyrell - Somehouse / Wurkit

Thursday, 17 October 2013

Alden Tyrell - Somehouse / Wurkit

Label: Clone Jack For Daze

Holland has a lion’s share of historic labels to its name, including the formidable likes of Crème Organization, Bunker, and Viewlexx, but few have become quite the dancefloor institution that Clone has. A label, physical record store and distribution company, the dancefloor hydra, helmed by Serge, has for nearly twenty years issued tasteful, forward-thinking takes on classic Chicago and Detroit house and techno, alongside its frequent delvings into electro and italo territory. Of the stable’s many close associates, Alden Tyrell stands as one of the most traditionalist, his work always focused on the groove pure and simple, often with stellar results. Alongside a previous collaboration with Serge himself, Tyrell has scored a few recent home-runs with other co-operative efforts, notably with Mike Dunn on acid monster Touch The Sky and Gerd on this year’s roiling Luv Thang.

Somehouse / Wurkit

It’s clear that Tyrell is a modern jackin’ gent, and so his placement on Clone’s particularly special Clone Jack For Daze sub-label seems fitting, as his latest pair of rollers make for some of his most infectious material to date. The tracks are stripped and primed for the dancefloor, but there’s nothing generic about them. A-side Somehouse wastes no time introducing itself with an unremitting test tone melody, championing simplicity over complexity as the hard-nosed percussive workout does its thing. Toss in a set of maniacally looped vocals shouting ‘house’, and you’ve got genuine anthem material on your hands, with all the rugged purity of one of Dancemania’s finest. On the flipside, Wurkit continues with all the subtlety of a steamroller, a flickering synth calling out over the same tough 4/4 and a ‘work it’ vocal loop. There are better places to discuss the usefulness of the term ‘DJ Tool’, but if it can be seen in a positive light, these tracks are its embodiment: aimed squarely at the dancefloor, excelling in their simplicity, these tracks will be the best friends of many a discerning DJ over the coming months.


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