Holic Trax presents Tom Tam Club Vol. 3Comment
This compilation goes from sun kissed to sweaty and back again. Proves that label boss Tomoki Tamura has a finger on the pulse when it comes to enlisting producers.
Tomoki Tamura’s essential and refreshing label, Holic Trax collects together new house heat for a third volume of it irregular Tom Tam Club series. Across both a digital and 2x12” vinyl release the compilation offers plenty of club-ready highlights.
Having released music from producers around the world including Rick Wade, Burnski, Tuccillo and many more, the label has become a favourite with DJs and dancers alike. Now it turns to a mix of new and more established names for a collection of eight new cuts that offer something for everyone.
Up first is duo, Rough Principles, made up of established producers Ekkohaus & Moire Patterns of labels like Moon Harbour. Their ‘Pool Back’ is a rubbery, spritely house track with rolling beats and bass and thick, late night synths that exude real soul.
Grecian Mr. Statik - a big name in his native country as both a DJ resident and producer on BPitch Control - then gets a little freaky on his ‘Habitual Nastiness.’ There is plenty of slap funk in his drums and intrigue in his mysterious melodies. It is then to Moon Harbour mainstay and Italian tech king Marco Faraone for ‘Point,’ which is a stripped back, grainy and lo-fi basement house offering with dubby chords and a real sense of rawness to it.
UK producer and Needwant associate Ashworth keeps things scintillatingly melodic with his spine tinglingly eerie and spacious minimal track ‘Copenhagen’ before fellow Englishman Brunbjrn gets all stab happy with the loose limbed, perfectly DIY sounding and ramshackle house grooves of his effusive ‘M'about Ta’.
Dubinsky, who has released on Foals man Ed Congrave’s Deep Shit label prefers a more mid tempo and airy vibe. His exquisitely jazzy, sun kissed and playful ‘Viol Groove’ is a perfect piece of feel good house music at its best, then Leftback label boss Dudley Strangeways does his trademark trippy, minimal house thing on ‘Brown Leaves’, which is a heady, hypnotic and late night track designed for the small hours. Finally, Baslow’s ‘Closer’ rounds out this excellently varied compilation with a lush broken beat, classic vocal sample and some truly romantic emotions.
Various Artists - Tom Tam Club Vol. 3
Release Date 7th September 2015
Label Holic Trax
A1. Rough Principles - Pool back
A2. Mr. Statik - Habitual Nastiness
B1. Marco Faraone - Point
B2. Ashworth - Copenhagen
C1. Brunbjörn - M'about Ta
C2. Dubinsky - Viol Groove
D1. Dudley Strangeways - Brown Leaves
D2. Baslow - Closer
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