Party starting Berlin trio ItaloJohson have only ever aimed to serve up music to jack the floor. Their own self-titled outlet for this weaponry is now up to a 14th instalment and still it sounds fresh and inventive. These are three more robust tracks with ‘track 2’ particularly getting us going – the bleeping synth riffs, glitchy hi hats and vast, booming kicks are pure basement dynamite. The same can be said of the rock slid ‘Track 3’ which also has some slippery acid lines weaving in and out of the rugged drums. This is form and functioning coming together in perfect harmony.
ItaloJohnson are hitting you up with the seventh ITJ installment and as you might have guessed, they present you once more with three tracks on a fine piece of waxxx.
Long standing Tsuba artist Spencer Parker makes his Limited debut complete with the first ever remix from ItaloJohnson. The original mix has a deep detroit house flavour and the remix is a pure bomb as you would expect from ItaloJohnson.
Keeping with tradition, the second ItaloJohnson release of 2012 once again presents itself in the likeliness of a 12inch Wax with three tracks. The one-track mind repeats the same funk-nationalistic character of ItaloJohnson and once more shows its simplicity. The first track is also known as “Bootytrack”. This track always pushes the low end to the limit and under the right circumstances guarantees some hip swing. Number two may sound familiar, but even if you don’t know its rootz, you’ll still be down with each other.
The fifth release from the mysterious Italojohnson on the producer’s eponymous label breaks with the established mould in some respects, downsizing proceedings to a double A Side 10inch which comes replete with a hand stamped Italojohnson logo. The music however, is still resolutely focused on the signature Italojohnson sound both tracks untitled and demonstrated an uncanny mastery of solid basslines, sharp and well judged drumming, deft vocal edits and mind bending FX. The A Side adopts more of a DJ Tool poise, with its groove led by that swooping bass line whilst the flip shows Italojohnson equal ease for crafting a proper house track. There’s even an Italojohnson sticker for the real fans
ItaloJohnson releases its fourth release. On the long recorded side, you’ll find a house track that can be hardly surpassed in any type in its directness. An unfussy arrangement, a straight oppressive subject and a low flying breakdown compose the A-stamped side. The concrete in-your-face-drumming, piano lessons and stabbing strings combined with the ItaloJohnson charm becomes the (double A) AA-side. Finally, the AA-2 track emotionally rounds up the release with ItaloJohnson’s trademark-sound in which all the brothers and sisters are invited to explore.
This is the third installment in the ItaloJohnson series. All three tracks are moving their way through the dancefloor, nevertheless, they are musically hip and flexible.
The second release from the Italo Johnson camp, straight up underground beats.