STAFF COMMENTSMatt says: Australia's hottest export Harvey Sutherland comes correct as always with heady house mixed with skewiff funk.
A2 Why Look Back..
B1 Coast 2 Coast
B3 Saturn's Return
The first new music from the Melbourne producer since last year’s cuts for MCDE, the double A-side “Priestess / Bravado” features his live trio Bermuda at full tilt, with an ensemble of hand clapping friends. Self-described ‘lounge room disco burners’, the record summons the groove experiments of Patrick Adams, Bill Laswell and Arthur Russell, while retaining Harvey’s soulful tones and club-ready arrangements.
“Priestess” evolves slowly, a nine-minute mind dance that ultimately reaches a celestial state. Sutherland’s piano lines bounce off drummer Graeme Pogson’s unwavering four-on-the-floor, while one-man string section Tamil Rogeon travels skyward. Live standout Bravado is played with determined precision, locking into a tough backbeat that only breaks once Sutherland’s warbling lead solo approaches its resonant peak.
STAFF COMMENTSMatt says: New material from the adored Australian producer. Still ripe with dizzying instrumentation, rich musicality and a sun-blushed dreaminess those Ozzy cats do so well.
Drop the needle on Boy and find yourself transported to a hypermodern take on funk music.
Recorded between London, Los Angeles and Katz’s own Swimming Pool studios with a host of hotshot Melbourne session musicians and a string of guests, tracks like “Age Of Acceleration” and “Michael Was Right About You” take the base elements of funk and fire them through a prism of influences.
The hyper-produced studio pop of Todd Rundgren, the lush synth groove of New York boogie and the harsh snap of coldwave.
Early Harvey Sutherland 12-inches like “Bermuda” and “Priestess” (handpicked by Paul Woolford aka Special Request for his recent DJ Kicks compilation) were electronic dance records in love with the sound of soul, funk and disco music.
But Boy is every bit the real deal.
Boy has been a couple of years in the works, taking shape in between tours with Khruangbin and Hot Chip as well as a busy studio schedule that include production and killer remixes for Disclosure, Genesis Owusu and Hiatus Kaiyote.
In this time, Katz also spread his wings as a bandleader, touringinternationally with his live ensemble and directing an 11-piece band for the New York boogie icon Leroy Burgess on his Australian tour.
2. Age Of Acceleration
3. Feeling Of Love Ft. DāM-FunK
4. Holding Pattern
5. Michael Was Right About You
7. Type A Ft. Sos
8. Angry Young Man
10. Time On My Side
When floating ideas for potential remixers, two names came to the fore, Masters At Work and Harvey Sutherland. MAW have a long history with Mr Bongo having remixed the Brit- funk classic 'Dancing In Outer Space' by Atmosfear for the label in 1997, and releasing the original track, 'Brazilian Beat' in 2000. With their studio collaboration now back in full swing, it was the perfect time to inject the MAW magic back into the label. They picked 'Crayfish Caper' from the band's first album 'All News Is Good News' as their choice of track to remix. The 'Nuyorican Broken Remix' sees MAW stepping into their Nuyorican Soul guise. A Latin shuffle meets an afro-beat rhythm and some very chunky broken beats, which all underpins an infectious melody constructed around the original track's bassline. They pair this with horns and synths that add a flourish and reveal new layers as the track develops. It's a sound that is uniquely Nuyorican Soul and a welcome return for fans of this aspect of their phenomenal output. The 'Masters At Work Remix' is straight up vintage MAW in House mode. It takes many of the same elements found in the 'Nuyorican Broken Remix' and points things in a House direction. It's 4/4, but the beats have that Kenny Dope trademark swing. Tough, but oozing soul. Add to that heavy bass, vocal cuts, fierce horns and saxophone, layered synths, and that undeniable MAW bounce.
Rounding off the package is the remix from Harvey Sutherland. Having made international waves since 2013 with his unique take on dance music, Harvey has long been on Mr Bongo's remix radar, but until now we hadn't managed to get that ambition over the line. This time around the stars aligned perfectly. Surprise Chef and Harvey Sutherland are both Melbourne residents and they had already been working on projects together. The band set things up and Harvey chose to remix 'New Ferrari' from their latest album, 'Daylight Savings'. His take on the track sees things venturing into dubby-disco territory. A dreamy, cosmic, bass-heavy, sweeping synth-led workout, that retains yet reinterprets the catchy-as-hell hooks from the original track. A roller with serious muscle!
1. Crayfish Caper (Nuyorican Broken Mix)
2. Crayfish Caper (Masters At Work Mix)
3. New Ferrari (Harvey Sutherland's Weird Flex - 12” Mix)
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