Artist : Sacha Robotti & Kevin Knapp
Title : Thump Bumper
Label : Dirtybird
Release : Out Now
Genre : House
Dirtybird is one of those labels you can still buy blind from given Claude VonStroke’s tireless quality control and leadership. This track, taken from Dirtybird 10, a compilation to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the label, just goes to show where hard work and dedication can get you. “It’s hard to believe that this little project started in my bedroom in the Lower Haight, San Francisco 10 years ago.” Says Claude, “I can distinctly remember hand stamping vinyl promos at home with my friend Fernando and trying to figure out the best way to mail them to Europe. I remember the very first guy to ever call me back about our music was Edgar Dirksen in Frankfurt, Germany, who was working at a now defunct distributor called Neuton. This was the only place that would agree to sell our records back in 2005 and I still thank him for taking the chance on us.”
San Fran native Kevin Knapp teams up with Berlin based Sacha Robotti here to deliver a bumpy tech houser with the CVS seal of approval. You may remember Kevin from the smash hit Audiojack track Stay Glued where he declared “My beat will control You”. Sacha of course has had many successes in recent years with a Mixmag “One to Watch” tag and a show on BBC 1Xtra under his belt.
Tight percussion and a repeating vocal phrase do not adequately prepare you for the mountainous amounts of reese bass this track unloads! This is going to rock in a club and probably make a few unfortunate souls lose bowel control if they’re too close to the speakers – its HUGE! The groove is also a major player and gets you head nodding from the off. The clever interplay between the percussive elements and the liberal use of bass allows the track to breathe magnificently, expect to hear this a lot over the next few months if your a fan of Claude’s style of tech housery. Its certainly something I would consider a secret weapon with spring just around the corner.
I’ll leave the final words with Claude. “A lot has happened in the music industry over the last 10 years but I like to think we have stayed consistent and managed to enjoy the ride. The players may change but the theme stays the same; keep it fun and funky!”