1. Terry Lee Brown Jr.: Terry’s House
Someone left the CD “Brother for Real” in my studio in 2000. By today this is one of the most important album defining deep- and tech-house to me. The english press asked: Is Terry God?
2. Trentemöller: Polar Shift
Outstanding crafted music, perfect in content and form. I remember Trentemöller when he was producing remarkable house on Naked music.
3. Van Halen: Unchained
Since my childhood I am a big metal-fan. Van Halen’s guitar tapping was a game changer… so was Ted Tempelman’s production.
4. Grace Jones: Slave to The Rhythm
Produced by Trevor C. Horn… the sound of the 80’s! He was one of my biggest influences for getting into producing. This outstanding drum-groove is played by amazing drummer William “Ju Ju” House from DC’s gogo-band E.U.
5. NPG: Johnny
(1993) Taken from the “Gold Nigga” album, a record that was not available in any stores. One could only order it at Price’s Paisley Park Studio by calling 1-800-NEW-FUNK. The Minneapolis funk had a huge impact on me, of course including the very impressive Jam & Lewis productions.
6. Coroner: Shifter
It was a huge honour and lots of fun producing these album tracks for the worldwide thrash-metal pioneers Coroner.
7. Atmos: Klein Aber Doctor
(1999) First time I heard this progressive goa-track played at Zürichs fabulous club “Supermarket” I was blown away by the astonishing size and expression of the production. I had the pleasure to book Atmos to my Amphitheater festival in 2008.
8. The Timewriter: Skywritings
Taken from the plain beautiful “Jigsaw Pieces” album on Plastic City. To me another milestone in straightforward quality deep house music.
9. JFC: Strange New World World
This timeless & remarkable chill / ambient album is produced with a huge depth of sound and with beautifully preserved dynamics when mix & mastered. The album was released on Electrolux Records and the myth has it that the man behind JFC is no other then The Timewriter.
10. Debussy: Claire De Lune
Debussy’s music is noted for its sensory content and frequent usage of nontraditional tonalities. He was experimental from the outset, favouring dissonances and intervals that were not taught at the academy. He is considered the forerunner of jazz.
Pow-Low – Ghost Note (PSYCLE)
Pow-Low and PSYCLE.’s relationship continues to flourish as the producer serves up a fourth fantastic single on the label following his collaboration with award winning film-score composer Rainer Oleak back in January.
Pow-Low is a student of jazz star Pierre Favre, graduate of the highly acclaimed US music school ‘Full Sail University’, has been playing live since 13 and releasing music on vinyl since 17. He is skilled on the synclavier system, has worked at the legendary Record Plant studio in Hollywood and as in-house engineer at South Africa’s Bop- Studios. He has mastered music for Peter Gabriel as well as producing huge thrash metal act Coroner and was lead singer and producer of No Religion, the world’s first techno-metal band. On top of this he runs his own event Hertz, which has welcomed many big dance acts, and has been resident at various key clubs in Zurich. Now he shows another side to himself again with this new trio of tracks.
Perfectly warm deep house opener ‘Ghost Note’ takes its name from ghost notes, which are played very softly between the ’main’ notes. They bring the groove alive particularly here, set against funky drums recorded with a vintage ‘70s drum set at the legendary Abbey Road recording studios in London. The track has an epic break with thunderstorm sounds and dubby drones and a jazz tinged groove that brings real colour and heart to the dance floor.
The excellent ‘Cargo Cult’ on the other hand is big and pumping. The singing bassline was inspired by the good old speed garage days and is overlaid with bubbly keys and drones, filtered vocals and smeared pads that make it deep and spacious. A multi- dimensional harmonic break adds another layer and the whole thing oozes class.
Last of all, the superb ’Minigrip’ is a complex, multi-level minimal-techno track that took more than one year to make. It’s lively and ever evolving, with squelchy bass and scattered hits that will make any dance floor restless and energetic. This is another hugely accomplished EP of richly produced house sounds from Pow-Low.
Pow-Low – Ghost Note (PSYCLE) Out May 2nd 2018 PSY26