Drum Kids EP (Animal Language)
By Mason, tonysenghore, arveeneandmisk, Sharooz, The Sneekers, _douze and Evil Nine
The drum…man's most basic, primal and long-lived instrument has long been the underpinning for much of popular music. Stripping away the drums from a house record is a little bit like pulling the wings off a butterfly or the legs off a gerbil. It is not only cruel but also leaves something that just doesn't work anymore. Without the beats, all our club classics instantly fail. There are no podiums, no hands in the air, and gurning is something that only happened in dance mythology.
The Drum Kids EP is that act of animal dismemberment in reverse. Given a directive to use only drum machines, effects and blunt percussive instruments to play with each act were sent away to create a set of stand-alone club records.
“The drums, the whole drum and nothing but the drum” became the mantra as seasoned producers battled against their regular instincts. No melodies, bass or vocals allowed.. To leave huge banks of studio gear gathering dust and all those pretty flashing lights switched off can’t be right…can it?
The Drum Kids EP is the result of this experiment in gadget withdrawal. Each act has created something very different. Some tracks are beguiling in their simplicity, others sound strangely full in their complexity.
Whatever the result, its certain that going back to the root of what made us all dance in the first place still works. All hail the drum.
Please note- no butterflies or gerbils where harmed during the making of this record.
Check the full EP here: Drum Kids EP by Animal_Language
Release/catalogue number: MOO024
Release date: Feb 4, 2013