2013

True to the moniker, laying low (and keeping busy) has been a priority as of late. But 75 days without a post? Inexcusable! So for anybody that cares to read on, here’s a short run down of what the first half of 2013 holds in store for all things “Recloose”…

First up, I have just wrapped a remix for one of my all time inspirations- Funkadelic (yes, THE Funkadelic). My friends Brendan “BMG” Gillen and DJ Tom Thump sent the “Sexy Ways” stems directly from the Westbound vaults late last year, and (with the mixing help of my MAINZ colleague Zed Brookes) we kept the sound and vibe of the original but gave it a proper extended disco interpretation. It was technically challenging not warping the original recordings (Ableton Live speak for non-techies) but I managed to overdub period-sounding drums, sync it all to the tambourine track and roll out the recording well past the original  3:07 (the stems were six minutes of untapped studio gold). Laying ears on the inner workings of legendary recordings always feels like a privileged window into another world, and this one was even more of a trip when I considered that the album “Standing On the Verge of Getting It On” dropped right around the time I landed on earth. So my thanks to George, Eddie, Bernie and co. for letting me kick it in the studio with them 38 years after the fact. A soundcloud preview will be up soon and I will keep you posted on release details… Also be on the lookout for a Recloose remix of Motor City Drum Ensemble’s “Raw Cuts #4” which I’ve been told should be dropping in April or May via Faces records with other remixes from top blokes like Scuba and Marcellus Pittman. Beyond that I’ve got a few brand new 12″s in the pipes for this year that are simmering well in the lab, details to follow…

Gig-wise, I’ll be hitting the road again this April/May, and the confirmed dates are posted just to the right of here on the Songkick feed. Very excited to be rolling through both the states and the EU, and honored to be welcomed back to esteemed events like the Southport Weekender and world-renowned clubs like Panorama Bar (I must have done something right!). In addition to DJing I’ll be returning to my hometown of Detroit to conduct research and interviews for my M.A. thesis I’m writing this year entitled “Renaissance: Musical Mediation in Post-Industrial Detroit.” Yes, it is going to be another stimulating year… Watch this space.