Toby Tobias

Music has charms to sooth a savage breast, to soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak.
William Congreve 

Now I must start by saying (well admitting really) that I have in my view a strange approach to music.  Artists that have built a solid name for themselves I often momentarily avoid.  Now this can sometimes lead me to miss out on classic sounds (obviously) that I am unaware who has created them.

I have always worked on the premise of finding the sounds involved within music.  When getting into house music I would concentrate more on who the samples were rather than the actual creator.  I have done this since I was about 16 and will probably do this for the rest of my life.  It isn’t out of ignorance that I sometimes ignore the people putting the bits together.  Like I said it is a strange approach – I simply like the elements involved.

In doing things this way, like I mentioned, I subconsciously avoid the person at the forefront due to my mind thinking hard about the elements.  That was definitely the case when I came across Toby Tobias.

It was a hazy Saturday night with friends scattered around our home.  Most (as usual) were congregated in the kitchen (probably due to this being where the booze is mind) when a friend came running in from he living room.  “Come check this!” (this being one of his catchphrases by the way).  Off I went.  Sat down, ears prepped, I waited for that favourite triangle to be pressed.

It started with a crash.  Then the gated beat commenced.  A steady uprising of breathing sounds used instead of claps.  Cowbells steadily introduced as the groove entices you into wanting more. An unusual and wonderful drive of what a lot of people would describe as Techno (it’s not, it’s deep house in essence but we’ll save that for another day).  But this is just the beginning.  After wondering where the journey will take us, the pads hit your ears.  Bang!  The tracks has taken a turn… for the great – welcome to intelligent dance music.  Welcome to IDM.

The track of course is none other that the release on Tirk Records, Chick Chick.  From here on in I was hooked.  Now I have to say that browsing through his catalogue that not all is like this.  And this is the sign of true talent.  Not all of it you will like.  When people create sounds for their own enjoyment, their true passions and enjoyment is at the forefront of their creations.  No two tracks are the same and In my opinion is how music should be.  Create for yourself and those that like it will listen.

Fast forward and we are now at Electric Elephant.  The opening boat party, we are presented with two greats presenting their findings for their Love From Outer Space movement.  A night that never knowingly crosses the 120bpm border.  I am of course talking about Sean Johnston & Andrew Weatherall.  The boat sets sail and Sean begins with this audio astonishment of melody and atmosphere.  “who the hell is this” I ask.  Mythical Beasts was replied.

The moment I hit back in the UK I piloted myself across the many pages of the web and was astonished to see that it was a collaboration of two minds – Felix Dickinson and of course, Mr Tobias.  This was around the time I started this blog and had to use this track as the opening to my words.  The track, Communicate.

Quality ears, sound chap.

Itchy x

One response to “Toby Tobias

    We’re super-proud to announce that the tenth single on electronic imprint More Music is the latest from the brilliant musical mind of Toby Tobias. We’re also delighted that this release is coming out on vinyl for only the third time in the label’s history, following in the illustrious footsteps of Timo Maas and Midland before it.
    2011 has been a vintage year for London DJ/producer Toby Tobias. Not only has he played at key clubs from Australia to Croatia, he also turned in a killer remixes for Toro Y Moi and Franz Ferdinand (which is due to drop any day now) and he continues to impress with his own Tracky Bottoms label. But as befits a record that goes back to the spirit of real disco and the 12” dance single, we’re delighted that the tenth release on More is arguably our strongest remix package to date. Toby’s own versions has been augmented by some brilliant reworks from Bicep and Hot Creations man of the moment Lee Foss – two hot potatoes who have taken the original version and taken it to a more upbeat house direction. From the soulful original to a cool, muscular house mix from Bicep to Lee Foss who heads to the front of the new school class, this is a straight up vocal smash with a mix for every flavour. Zoo Look add the extra beef to the already substantial package with a remix and a dub, keeping to the low slung disco moodyness. They have been turning heads with their Tenth Circle output and recently shared Sccucci Manucci 12″ release.
    As for the original song, Toby worked long and hard to get it right, delivering four versions of the track that were all relevant to the dance-floor. He also found the perfect vocal foil in Brendan Reilly. “Brendan delivered such a great vocal,” smiles Toby. “It was a joy to work with him, hence the several versions I delivered for different dance-floor moments. I’m super-happy with this whole project and how it’s turned out.”

    Check it out here:

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