New vinyl piece from Italian label named Tales. Featuring four Chicago producers that span 3 generation. This release represent a taste of the many sounds of Chicago: blending house with acid, moving along with the sublte, and making sounds full with less. Fine work, as the diversity shows through in this 12 inch.
Gent Hunt starts the project with a party tune that is full of energy. The drums pulsate and the chords and harmony set the scene early, the groove is moving as the chord progression pattern switches. Meanwhile floating melody notes move around to fill up the rest of the spectrum. Definitely a banger and he calls it: Merry Go.
Ed Nine is next with familiar Roland drums that continue to be a staple of the dance music sound. Lake Shore Breeze is definitively deep house with its percussion and sustained chord pattern. The right adjective here is warm, being that I come from Chicago, nothing is more warming than cruising down Lake Shore Drive on a sunny summer day. The tune opens up with the bass line, change in chord progression, and running melody notes.
G. Marcell starts the b side with Son God. G. is someone I am very familiar with as we have worked together many times and even have a collaboration album called Synonym as Resonating. In any case this tune is a beat track with a few moments of melody and harmony. The bass is beating, a note is droning and the melody is saying something, which leads us into counterpoint and harmony. After this build up, we get back to the banging beat track from where the tune began.
I end the project with an acid tune called Lawdale Beating. It is pretty straight forward, an experiment in minimalism as the acid lines change between each other and the drums pulse. I slowly build the patterns to subtly fool the ears and fill the sound spectrum with percussion. A homage to the old school heads who made the acid on a 303 and a 909 or 808.
Tyree Cooper career has span four decades releasing music which is illustrated by his discography. Tyree is still active and has just released Da Soul Revival Classics Vol.2. This two track 12” brings Tyree back to some of his earlier roots with acid house and an homage to a fallen homie Kool Rock Steady, whom Cooper recorded with in his early years. Quite simply a house sound from one of the earliest architects of the genre. Warehouse to loft, club to festival, stoops to bedrooms; these tunes will work for all occasions if you looking for the house sound with contemporary adjustments.
Let It Go featuring Blake Baxter///Blake Baxter is on vocal doing saying, “Free your mind from all pressures.” begins this journey as the acid builds, the groove is established and a mixture of vocals is continuously sprinkled over the top. The acid synth continues to modulate so slightly as percussion elements change. Later, fuzzy chord stabs add more texture and a extra groove making for a quick tease, just to lead back to the acid line.
New Dub featuring Kool Rock Steady///Bright drums began, as Kool Rock introduces Tyree then the chords and melody come in followed by the bassline. The arrangement moves around as each of the synth parts have a time to shine. The happy tones is really uplifting and the track rocks a house feel of yesteryear.
Murph Tone Jack Session Remixes have come up, I was planning to do a remix vinyl for at least a year. And finally the opportunity came up for me to get four reinterpretations from Chicago producers Chicago Skyway, G. Marcell, Ike Release, and Steven Tang. Their contributions expand the Jack Session with deep and rhythmic tunes that will rock from warehouse to boats.
Chicago Head (Chicago Skyway Remix)///The remix 12″ begins with hihats, melodies, and a train trip that explores the jack. Bouncing melodies accompany a story about life perceptions. The subtlies of the beats showcases Skyway’s drum programming.
Tender B (G. Marcell Tender Touch Remix)///The A side ends with classic G. Marcell percussion and drowning pads. Meanwhile the chords move in the background as a secondary broken kick pattern comes forth. The tune slowly builds and breaks as the kick drum pulsates.
Technicals (Ike Release Remix)///The B side begins with squelchy bass lines and some Murph Tone percussion sounds. Re-triggered percussion move around as the bass line continues to to tap the frequency spectrum to emotive rawness.
Tender B (Steven Tang Remix)///Ending the 12″ is a deep house jam that has the chord sound changed with a new bassline and string melody. Nice and deep is this tune.
Subtleties in music inspired the jack session album as the remixes follow this same ethos. This is the conclusion of the Murph Tone Jack Session.
008 materializes from Spirit of the Black 808 with a “12 called Guerilla Shit. SB808 manifests three rough, rugged, and raw tunes in which the waveforms are stopping eardrums and woofers meanwhile experimenting but still staying true to the Chicago ethos. So we at Synapsis continue to push the underground music; hence guerilla shit!
King Kong///Percussion rings out while tom drums began as the focal point of the tune. The attention torch is passed when a detuned bass melody begins to ring out notes. Periodically vocals come and go for most of the journey while some bass staccato sounds augment the piece. This tune begins the EP with an eerie feeling as the melody line continues to articulate long and slightly dissonant notes.
Guerilla Shit///Raw percussion begins as toms bang and synth lines pulsate. Chords come in early to join the flurry momentarily. Vocals ring out as a brother tries to catch your attention. Jack mode grabs the soul as the track continues to groove. “Man, you just got hit with some Guerilla Shit!”
4dabrothasthatainthere///To finish off the EP we have the most experimental tune holding down the B side. Slowed down acid lines begin while a voice gives a shout out to the fallen brothers. Emotive chords sound as the percussion moves and moves. After each phrase new sounds and rhythms proceed to fill out the beat while a subbass plays in the lowest note registers. Meanwhile the acid line is steadily tweaking to provide a journey.