About a year ago at Butcha Sound, we recorded percussion by The Martinez Brothers for the new Chic project with the legend, Nile Rodgers. Out in March is their first single from the new album, “I’ll Be There.” This was made with an outtake from an original Chic Organization session. Hear clips of it, see Chic on Soul Train, and read more about this extremely special project on Nile’s blog:
This sound set is a battle between the legendary Roland TR-909 drum machine and some classic analog filters including a Moog Moogerfooger LPF, Sherman Filterbank 2 and the NIIO Analog Iotine Core.
Here the 909 is processed in a number of ways ranging from subtle to completely tore up. Toms turn into basslines, loops become bubbling percussion and hi hats get razor sharp.
Includes 513 one- shots of the entire kit ripped-up and mangled and 321 loops that contain combinations of soloed and grouped parts.
This Jeff Mills autographed Roland 909 drum machine gets a workout from one of New York’s finest up and coming producers in the game.
513 drum hits and 322 loops refined and processed using various analog filters such as the sherman filterbank and the classic moog filter, among others.
24bit quality suitable for techno and house in all its forms. tempos range from 123 to 133 bpm. 524MB unzipped, 431 zipped.
Deconstruct/Corner Night on boilerroom.tv this Thursday, May 16, 2013. I am psyched to be playing the BR and especially with this unbelievable lineup. Tune in! 7PM EST. Peace.
The title track sets the tone, an austere hardware workout whose scything hi-hats and mucky clap and tom work aren’t exactly friendly on the ears. Rather than opting for the slow-burning dynamics often associated with warehouse techno, it’s surprisingly punchy and concise, packed with detail and thriving on quick textural changes that climb to fever pitch in the closing minute. The dub version, revelling in delay trails and gaseous soundscaping, is more satisfying still. Remixing the track under his Huren alias, Dave Foster (from the veteran techno trio Teste) takes things the other way: drier, loopier and a mite more obnoxious. The real highlight here is “Next Phase,” a slower, chunkier number, whose bright but tentative chords come as welcome relief, like feeble shafts of light piercing the darkness.
Pulled from his recently released collaborative EP with fellow American producer/DJ Paul Raffaele, Phil Moffa has offered up “Next Phase,” his only solo contribution to the record. The tune is a stripped-back house cut in which booming kicks and playful claps serve as the anchor for Moffa’s dense, chorded synth work. “Next Phase” appears on the Don’t Come Back Alive EP (artwork above), along with a title track featuring Moffa and Raffaele working together and a remix from Canadian producer Huren.
Phil Moffa & Paul Raffaele – Don’t Come Back Alive EP
(IDOL HANSE 006)
And that’s the beauty of it, faith, hope and despair or complete disinterest, no one really knows the answer to that most primal of questions: who is Idol Hanse and why are they so weird?
Some, most?, are content Abletoning their way through life, trying to get a hit or two in here and there, flavor of the month, the plascticky typical laptop fodder – does it conjure a state of transcendental enlightenment / really urge your body to move in new and interesting ways? Maybe so…
Maybe this won’t at all! But actually lately it has been, and the deeply routed Neo Yorkian warehouse grooves contained here are straight from the heart and solely for the art, so take it as you will. Analog all the way (ok but digital from the 70s/80s doesn’t count!). 303s are like Les Pauls – they never go out of style, let’s visit a more open and honest time with our future goggles on.
To further taunt and titillate the attention span, we have a cassette tape edit from the man behind Teste (anyone remember The Wipe?). Huren, aka Dave Foster, reminisces in his Port Hope cave while chunkily and viciously damaging the original content in some very anti-social but somehow funky ways. The end result is a piece of lost headspace perfect for the disenchanted youth of tomorrow.
Track 1. & 2. Written and produced by Phil Moffa & Paul Raffaele at Butcha Sound Studios, NYC.
Track 3. Written and produced by Phil Moffa at Butcha Sound Studios, NYC.
Mixed by Phil Moffa @ Butcha Sound Studios, NYC
4. Remixed my Mathilde Mallen aka Electric Mistress At Maison Du Mallen, Paris
Mastered by Milan @ Lacquer Channel, Toronto
Artwork by Uncle Matty, 1188 Studios, Toronto
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DECONSTRUCT/THE CORNER take over the Boiler Room for a night of deep house and techno straight out of the NY underground.
Shawn O’ Sullivan (Live)
Phil Moffa (Live)
May 16, 2013
DJ Spider and his Plan B imprint represent the rougher edge of East Coast techno and house, and his subsidiary label, Sublevel Sounds, isn’t any different. Here, he teams up with Phil Moffa for an EP of typically vicious club music.
Spider’s work often sounds like chewed-up house, but his solo turn, “Frequency Pollution,” has more of an antiseptic sheen. That polish is about the only friendly thing about it—the song sounds like SND played on sticks instead of chiselled waveforms. Melody is only implied in the faded framework of the track’s scraping chords. The first collaboration with Moffa, “Oracle Octaves,” takes those same sounds and liberally applies delay effects for added flavour. When a hi-hat locks the victorious-sounding chord progression in place, it begins to feel like a completely different EP, strutting its wares with pride.
Moffa gets his own solo spotlight: “Midnight Never Ends” is another delay-heavy boomer, one that treads between dub techno and deep house in the same way as Levon Vincent. Unlike him, there’s no subtlety here—the bombardment of harshly-panned snares is like a cluster bomb. The duo ends the EP with a respite, at least in this context. Comforting reverb and gentle percussion define “Golden Dawn,” until it turns into a Steve Reich nightmare, with 100 organs all playing discordantly at once. It’s a jarring end to an EP whose hostile production choices are more masochistically satisfying than they are alienating.
Andrew RycePublished /
Thu, 14 February 2013
Tracklist: DJ Spider & Phil Moffa – Night Gallery
A1 DJ Spider – Frequency Pollution
A2 DJ Spider & Phil Moffa – Oracle Octaves
B1 Phil Moffa – Midnight Never Ends
B2 DJ Spider & Phil Moffa – Golden Dawn
Really psyched for this event! Gonna do an all hardware live set.
SXSW Official Event – Hybridity / Idol Hanse Showcase at Silhouette Club
Saturday March 16
Myself and Paul Raffaele performing with Alixander III and Gingy of Idol Hanse record label. Our new release Korgy out on Idol in a few weeks. Clips coming soon.