Boomkat Product Review:
DJ Nate, the aptly donned "Trak Genious" is a 20 year old producer from the south side of Chicago. His music is a fiercely unique blend of techniques derived from Hiphop and Juke (aka Ghetto House or Booty) made to soundtrack intense Footwork battles, best seen on youtube for those outside of Chi-town. For us, it's one of the most exciting sonic anomalies of the last decade, combining the raw, febrile functions of Jungle with unquantifiable elements drawing comparisons to the repetitious phasing of Steve Reich and the complex, esoteric B-Boy programming of Autechre, next to the more obvious work of DJ's Funk and Deeon. We can distinctly remember stumbling across this stuff on youtube at 1am some 18 months ago and spending the next 5 hours watching videos before turning up to work bleary eyed and buzzing the next morning barely able to believe our ears. It was as if Autechre had implanted their hieroglyphic futuRhythm codes in the DNA of Booty 17 years ago and now it had come of age, blooming insanely mutated patterns to incite the dance, wild styles. But of course, that's not the case, this sh*t evolved of its own accord, with no knowledge of Ae, and that's one of the best things about it. Whether he takes to Evanescence or Marvin Gaye, Nate juices the best bits from his favourite records and flips them into intense staccato arrangements, the likes of which we've quite simply never heard before, which is a unique attribute in its own right, but when it's this good, its worth screaming about. His unpredictable, morphing moiré of syncopations have developed their own controlled system of signifiers primarily designed for the dance. If you're one of those people who always complains that Jungle is too fast, you simply may not get it, but if you can read/dance between the lines you'll find stunning contradictions between centripetal subbass gravity and percolating drums on the brink of evaporation, broken into blocks and tied together with rapid fire samples seemingly pitched at will to sound like our most psychedelic dancefloor dreams comes to life. Put in context next to the majority of dance music, Nate's concatenated arrangements and freeform style offer a new route out of rhythmic torpor and a glaringly vivid grassroots idea for the future of the dance. Digesting these 25 tracks in one go is an intense experience, and strangely enough we kinda craved that strange effect youtube compression has on the bass, but don't get it twisted, we're completely over the moon that Planet Mu have gone to the effort of persuading Nate to release his music on vinyl (it was harder than it sounds), and think that fans of everything from Timbaland to Venetian Snares should listen to it at least once. Utterly CRUCIAL.