Boomkat Product Review:
The ultimate "Disco House Bomb" from one of the all-time greats, Frank Timm, aka Soundhack, aka one half of Smith N Hack - whose debut album now arrives almost exactly 20 years after his debut 12" was released back in 1999. Could this be one of the decade’s strongest disco/edit sessions? Aye. Funky buggers need apply!
As Sound Hack, Soundstore, Sound Stream, and half of Smith N Hack with Errorsmith, Frank Timm is one of those rare European producers who can cut the mustard with disco edits. But we’re not talking half-arsed loop jobs that trim all the flavour - this guy is an absolute expert at turning old gold into precious new dancefloor gear - just ask any of the Detroit/Chicago legends like Theo Parrish, Anthony Shakir or Carl Craig, who’ve been playing his gear for decades now.
Spelling out a definition of disco that takes Ron Hardy and Boo Williams styles for goalposts, Frank Timm’s music is made purely for the dancefloor. As such it’s always appeared on the DJ’s favoured 12”, but now ‘Soundstream’ clocks up next to his seminal ‘Tribute’ album with Smith N Hack as the most substantial set in his perfectly formed catalogue.
Skipping between butterfly house and jerky disco, ‘Soundstream’ delivers some grade A heaters in the rutting Ron-style jag of ‘Get Down’, and with economically decadent string loops in ‘Spotlight’, while ‘Disco Advisor’ shoots good times from the hip, and the likes of ‘Love Remedy’ and the sexy synth lead of ‘Mercury Mood’ tend to deeper moments in an Ugly Edit manner, and the C-side’s uncredited number pays a knowing nod to Boo Williams and Glen Underground’s Maad classic, ‘Motion Sickness’.
As if we really need to stress it, ’Soundstream’ is 100% killer dancefloor music, no less.