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.

http://www.juno.co.uk/miniflashplayer/SF1603631-02-01-03.mp3

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

Chrome Hand EP – Boogie Originals

“Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without”
Confucius

Stu Robinson (Cosmic Boogie) and Andy Ash is the combination needed to produce the great findings of Boogie Originals. The two minds over Originals HQ have come together to produce their third in the series which is another collection of greatness indeed – Chrome Hand EP is here.

The first two tracks are presented by none other than the newly greats on the scene – Deep Space Orchestra. I first came across these about a year and a half ago and have been impressed with them ever since. Their style is my opinion is a modern twist to how house felt like in the mid to late 90s. Their progressive flow of arrangement and melodic orchestral movements entice you from the start, and this release is no different.

The second track is Ben Sun’s remix of the aforementioned. This is modern house vibes at their finest. The chords and stings are beautifully constructed and the twisted percussion just flows greatly with the feeling of the track. Without a doubt this is my personal favourite of the whole release.

That doesn’t mean however that rest are lacking somewhat. You only need to approach the next track to have this proven. Faces & Traces Of Home by Jamie Johnston will have any dance floor priding itself to be involved in such a collective groove. One of the deeper of the collection, this track still has a mood to it that will have not only your body moving in sync with the rest of the room but a grin will be immersed on everyone’s faces from ear-to-ear.

Jamie finishes off the release with Sunshine Stars. A twisted tale of chimes and arp’d pad builds. This track has a stunning theatrical feel to it that had me hooked throughout. Although it has a completely different feel to the other tracks it is by no means the weaker of the few. I will be looking for many environments to drop this track. 7 and a half minutes of progressed enjoyment.

A superb collection of tracks from start to finish and you would be silly not to get your hands in your pocket and support what is truly great talent indeed. Well done and thanks to all at Boogie Originals HQ for bringing this release to my attention.

With love,

Itchy Pig HQ