Title: That Noise EP
Cat Number: LEENA038
Release Date: 19/09/2014
Genre: Tech House/Nu Disco/Funk
Tapesh, the German artist whose music has been heavily influenced by the early ‘80s Funk showcases his talent on Mobilee’s sister label, Leena. The 3 track, full length EP combines old school funk, house, breaks and even some nu disco, which brings out his roots, and his influences but keeps the ‘current’ sound intact.
First off comes ‘Brigade’ which starts off with a pretty groovy bass line and some interesting little kicks. There is such a bounce prevalent throughout the entire track it makes you get up and dance. Brigade transports you into the dark, gritty and cramped clubs where the vibe is serious club culture. As the subtle melodies come in right at the crescendo, that very build up adds that old school vibe to a track that is embedded in a sea of tech-house goodness. Beware, this is warehouse at its finest, and is not for the faint hearted.
Next up comes ‘Hey’. From the very onset the claps and melodies scream pure funk. It is definitely a reminiscent of old school funk mixed in with some groovy tech house beats that come together in this very hip track. The vocals are UK Garage like, and this is one of those, which you can listen to in that haze of a dark and gritty nightclub. Perfect for a late night set, it works beautifully with a combination of old and new styles of music.
Finally the EP finishes off with ‘That Noise’. Claps, twisted synths, and manipulated chord changes, it has another level of funk and nu-disco combined with the tech house underlying beats. It digresses from the previous two tracks in that there’s more of a techno beat attached to it. Combining it with male vocals that come in at random spurts, all the layers tie in perfectly well together in pure funky goodness. Tapesh has constructed each layer in this track with technical prowess, and it shows with the final result.
There’s no dearth of good music around but it’s rare to come across an entire EP that is a pure gem. This one by this talented German artist is one of them. He’s distinctly developed a proper ‘80s funk sound from his years of listening to the likes of Kraftwerk, but uses current technology and samples to create new and unique tracks that make him truly one of the most versatile and exciting producers to listen to.