Friday, 4 November 2011

Mike Gillenwater - Full Tilt EP

Yesterday we had a techno label doing techno, and a techno label doing disco-house. So tonight, by way of restoring the natural order of things, let's start with a disco-house label doing disco-house: to wit, the latest from Chicago's Bid Muzik.

Now, as a rule I'd say you know what you're getting with Bid Muzik. Their particular blend of disco-house, while distinctly their own sound, is rarely all that groundbreaking or anything, but it's always got plenty of energy and stays just about the right side of the cheese line. And yeah… that tells you about all you need to know about Full Tilt itself, or about the two mixes of Fat City (Original and Sean Biddle), or the two mixes of Tell You Why (Original and Vince Fiero), though I should point out that the latter two tracks go a little heavier on the soul vibes than a lot of this kinda tackle, which is cool.

So the usual 'unpretentious but fun' disco-house fodder from Bid it is then… until we get to When You Love Me. Cos this track… this track… THIS TRACK is the nuts. I don't know if it's the way Gillenwater opts for less of the bright synths and just lets the filtered loop shine through on its own merits… whether it's because it's more heavily sample-based or because it's an altogether rawer-sounding cut than the rest. But yeah.

The rest of this EP is pretty good… When You Love Me is freakin' excellent.

Out: This week

About: You can find Bid Muzik, run of course by Sean Biddle, on Facebook and Soundcloud.

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