Oct 8 2012!
Canada's funk contingent at Homebreakin' Records are pleased to unleash the latest effort from Calgarian DJ/producer Audit, titled the Back To Normal EP. Made up of four new tracks and a couple of hot shot remixes, the Back To Normal EP is anything but, instead comprised of unique and off-kilter dance floor grooves primed to send the party into the stratosphere.
Audit has been making things happen for over ten years, with DJ-proven past releases on the likes of East Recordings, Punchout!, and Homebreakin'. His sound combines elements of breakbeat, downtempo, and the funkier 'boogie' styles epitomized by like-minded friends All Good Funk Alliance and Neighbour. This latest release leads with 'Back To Normal,' a dubbed out slow motion crawl of a track incorporating a reggae skank, funky flute, and captured late-night radio transmissions. It's a new direction for Audit, with the title inspired by his need to 'get back to normal' after a slew of summer festival DJ gigs. 'Weirdo Beat' follows, with its chunky, loose rhythm and spaced-out atmosphere recalling the best moments of Sa-Ra and Mo' Wax. Next, Audit collaborates with partner-in-arms Watson on 'Sneek,' a deliciously slinky and squelchy exercise that does sound like a careful tip-toe through George Clinton's mothership. Very sneaky, indeed. Audit gets even moodier for his final track, 'Sunny Winter,' which is based around an endlessly tweaked Juno-60 arpeggiation over a heavy, loping beat. Audit recalls twisting the Juno-60 for hours on end at high volume, causing his neighbors to respond by blasting country music in his direction. Audit's punishment is his listeners' reward, as 'Sunny Winter' turns out to be an evocative, musical track touching on unexplored genres.
A couple of remixes round out the package, courtesy of Homebreakin' extended family members Wax Romeo and Max Ulis. Max Ulis tackles 'Weirdo Beat,' raising the tempo as well as the proverbial roof with a somewhat house-fueled mix that builds with clanky percussion and excited, rhythmic vocal drops. Phased out synth pads and a crunchy bass line add to the late night sonic stew. Fellow Calgary-based DJ/producer Wax Romeo is up next, enhancing 'Sunny Winter' with a kinetic breakbeat and a repetitive, lilting female vocal line. It's a classy rework, using the layered Juno-60 arpeggiations and a solid low end for a full, rounded-out sound.
These six tracks make up another exceptional and distinctive release from Audit and Homebreakin' Records. Stay tuned for more to come and funkier things to follow.