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If the doorman fronts like he don’t know you... tell him that you’re with the DJ”
Whether he is friend or foe, the night-maker or the night-breaker, the mythical nightclub doorman is a universal figure of influence for clubbing fans worldwide. DJ Nibc, the Berlin-based, Gothenburg-born DJ, producer and Trunkfunk Records label owner and vocalist Anthony Mills pay tongue-in-cheek tribute yet also take him to task with their energetic workout “The Doorman”.
Capturing the anticipation, anguish and unpredictability of conversations held on the threshold of clubland, a hapless and faceless figure is ready to rave, and is unleashed via a processed vocal over a tightly-wound acid tech beat. A buzzing two-note bassline and pummelling drums set the stomping peaktime scene. Chiming cymbals lead to the cheeky, fragmented and pitch-shifted proclamation - “punk let me in! my friends is up in there you saw ‘em” - before the track delves deep into serious dancefloor mode.
A hotbed of newcomers accompanies the original and instrumental, each with with their own unique encounter. AM Track reigns “The Doorman” in to a tight tech house format, all Latin percussion and ghostly steel drums, worming basslines and sampled dialogue snatches. Casino Times slow it down to synth-driven nu disco, with their remix that builds layer upon layer of emotive chords to an epic and uplifting piano house loop. Kornel Kovacs brings peaktime rave synth stabs to the front and centre, twinning them with handclaps and bubbling melodies for fast-paced hands in the air mayhem. Maxim Lany builds in increments from from an atmospheric bed of ambience, towards a bassy house treatment with scraping and jerking percussive background sounds. Gothenburg duo Shakarchi Straneus’ chilled old school house treatment taps into Chicago house sounds du jour, with warehouse piano chords, and whirling wisps of filtered vocals adding extra momentum. The Touch isolates the percussion and adds some warped, psychedelic voices for a deep tribal symphony of handclaps and guitar licks, cosmic keys and exotic strings.
The acid-yellow vinyl pressing of The Doorman features an illustration by renowned Detroit DJ, producer and comic book artist, Alan Oldham. The figure is a world-famous doorman that you may recognise... and he’s definitely one of the good guys.
Release/catalogue number: TF019
Release date: Sep 2, 2011