Hollis P Monroe & Overnite - If I´m Alive (Original Mix) by NAU-NOW published on 2013/02/07 15:33:01 +0000 OUT NOW - NAU001 : Hollis P Monroe & Overnite/Kenny Leaven - If I'm Alive/Rocket EP www.nau-now.de NAU on Facebook - on.fb.me/YOUw6J 1/ Hollis P Monroe & Overnite - If I'm Alive (Original Mix) 2/ Kenny Leaven - Rocket (Original Mix) // New year, new label. NAU is not only going to be a new platform for us at Souvenir to keep doing what we love best, unearthing future house classics from producers new and old, but also a global party series which had its inaugural Berlin event in December 2012. [NAU001] For our first foray, we have a banger from the veteran American producer Hollis P. Monroe teamed with Canadian newcomer Overnite, and on the flip, a wonked out riddim from Erfurt native, Kenny Leaven. ‘If I’m Alive’ keeps it taut, with a stripped back feel throughout, a kick and conga duet underpinning the rhythm. Hollis and Overnite bring in more percussive elements, as well as a burbling synth, but everything plays second fiddle to Overnite’s vocal talents. Overdubbed words fly in from every angle, in a distinctly high vocal range, gets pitched down, up and all over the shop. Next up is Rocket from Kenny Leaven, who’s provided us previously with a remix on Souvenirplus. He’s also the man behind Erfurt’s popular Bayou Open Air festival so has fingers in plenty of pies – as long as they’re electronic music related! The track proves a vivid contrast to Hollis and Overnite's straight house number, tempo’s quickened, and an alien, oscillating bassline that throbs throughout. A snare pattern works around it, as do some alternating tones, but it’s that central bass core, beefed up later with a phasing effect, that maintains the vaguely threatening mood. Here’s to NAU001 and plenty more where that came from!