"Pucker Up" & "Forfeit Blue"
(12-inch, Honchos Music)
Austin-based DJ Sifter (Scot Markland), tries his hand at serving up 12-inch singles, fuses house and progressive on his first release, "Pucker Up." The track is a dance floor stormer, with tribal elements, a pulsing groove, and energizing vocal samples. Championed by the likes of Mazi of Audio Soul Project and Clive Henry of Peace Division, the strength of the track was recognized when Donald Glaude dropped it during a live Essential Mix Broadcast during the annual Winter Music Conference this year in Miami, Florida.
"Forfeit Blue" showcases a style more on the West Coast dub-house tip. A smooth bassline is the foundation for tribal chants, female vocal effects, and layers of funky percussion. Just as the track approaches a break down in beats, Sifter flows a deep-filtered bassline and sick breakbeat rhythm.
As well as Austin is known for its music scene, it isn't considered a haven for dance music. In the last year or so, several Austin producers have tried to remedy that. With future releases scheduled with Funked Up Recordings, Silver Network, and a current co-production, "Varig," (with San Antonio DJ Spettro under the guise of "Greenbowl Packers" on Aquarius Recordings) Sifter is leading the charge of talented hybrid DJ-producers. — Abe Novy
(12-inch, Bosh Records)
Live and direct from San Antonio, local DJ/producer Spettro (Eddie Scott) unleashes his first release, a three-track EP, for the full-on househeads out there. Based in S.A., Spettro is gaining recognition throughout Texas; through distribution, this selection will put him in the national and international scope.
The main side, "Ritmo Numero Uno," uses crisp highs and tight percussion layers to lead into a funky bassline. Filtered vocal effects and a solid production technique lead to blissful house heaven.
On the flip side is "Mota-vation." A deep kick sets the tone for the track, while the bouncy feel of bass will keep the hips shakin'. The keys to this gem are the floating whistle and background mantra: "I gotta know where I'm going, to figure out where I'm at."
On the inside of the flip, the toughest of the trio, "JD," starts with strong highs and slams directly into a deep resonating bass, followed by quirky, spacey effects that seem to chirp; the break reveals a second bass that provides an entirely new feel. The element that won't let go, however, is the chanting, "I still got love to give."
With a slew of upcoming releases on Chalant, Brique Rouge, and Simple Soul labels, Spettro has got love to give with his infectious brand of house music. — Abe Novy Sifter's and Spettro's tracks are available in San Antonio at Underground Sound, Alien Records in Austin, or online at www.satelliterecords.com.