It’s not often that we review new music here on the Soul Clap blog, but it’s also not often that a label/party/”music community” as important as Wolf + Lamb drops their first vinyl release, which is what they’re doing this month in the form of Lee Curtiss‘ “Sexy Dancer EP”. We went to our first Wolf + Lamb party during minitek, and let me tell you, if you haven’t been to one of their underground events at the Marcy Hotel you’re missing out. Besides throwing some of the best parties in NYC, Wolf + Lamb founders Zev Eisenberg and Gadi Mizrahi have been running a digital label since 2004, which features over 50 releases from many of US techno’s rising stars like Seth Troxler, Ryan Crosson, Shaun Reeves and of course Lee Curtiss who clearly has been carefully selected to launch Wolf + Lamb Records in grand fashion.
And launch the label Curtiss does… If by launch you mean to dive deep into the throbbing womb of a dark afterhours dancefloor. With “Sexy Dancer EP” Curtiss has truly captured that afterhours sound of 2008 in one tight package. The uneasily repetitive floating vocal snippets, the raw dark-funk bassline, the chopped up jitterly swung house beats, the winding and seemingly structureless sequencing and all delivered in a slow shuffled sway. However, while all these elements run through the entire four track EP, each cut still manages to distinguish itself with a distinct flavor all it’s own. Take our favorite for example: for “And Counting” Curtiss combines a mysterious Ghost In The Shell-esque vocal, with swinging garage beats and warm house chords to create a deep throbbing late-night masterpiece. The title track, “Sexy Dancer”, relies less on vocals (while still managing to include incompreshensible snippets) and more on 80’s influences, with Princian funk stabs running from begining to end and a dark ripping bassline combing to create a heavy dancefloor workout. Closing out the EP is Curtiss’ remix of Wolf + Lamb staple Smirk‘s “Start A Fire”, which goes even darker than the previous cuts with an evil, repetitive bassline and more unnervingly chopped male vocals driving the track forward with a true sense of emptiness and despair that could only only be inspired by the sweat covered walls and contorted bodies crammed into the impossibly small Marcy Hotel dancefloor at another Wolf + Lamb party.
To help promote the release the W+L guys have been kind enough to giveaway some teaser material from the digital label for a limited time
Zev – Feelin’ DOWNLOAD
Zev – Blade Runner Blues (Remix of Vangelis) DOWNLOAD