Jimmy Edgar

“Funktion Ep”

IT004 scanZoom inLabelItems & Things
Cat. No.IT004
FormatEXCL12"E
Orders fromFri, 21 Aug 2009
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Review

Detroit based multi instrumentalist Jimmy Edgar brings his unique electronic vision to Items & Things for the label’s keenly anticipated fourth release. Edgar’s versatility is well documented with influences ranging from jazz, funk and R&B through to Chicago house and of course Detroit techno. For this outing he puts his distinctive R&B tinged electronica to one side, laying down some timeless acid house grooves that pay homage to the founding fathers of the genre. The sublime techno soul of the title track Funktion House kicks off the 4-track EP with sweet chord stabs and laid back laser sweeps dominating the intro. A gentle yet infectious background melody that’ll pull bodies to the dancefloor like bees to honey completes the summertime vibe with each element effortlessly evolving as Edgar applies subtle ring shifts and delays to the down tempo groove. The tension gradually builds with some acidic tweaks eventually emerging to complement the squelchy bassline but the track never loses sight of its soulful origins, keeping the floor ticking over and soothing the collective spirit in a wash of old school nostalgia. Dark acid tones abound on Young Thing with its dirty, scratchy vocal parts posturing over a sparse, razor sharp 808 groove in a return to the days of Phuture Fantasy Club and Fast Eddie’s Acid Thunder. The nervous tension resonates back and forth between the liquid acid and the pitched down vocals creating the perfect late night dancefloor moment that’ll turn the most innocent of clubs into a heaving sweatbox, maintaining the high standards and left field agenda set by the label’s previous three releases. The beats get nasty as another of Detroit’s next generation, Thrill Cosby aka Seth Troxler goes to work on reforming Funktion. The mood is relentless from the off with another twisting acid line accompanying a host of peripheral bleeps, efx and reinterpreted retro synth stabs from the original version. The groove pushes forward urgently, cloaked by freak

IT004 in the media

Andrew Duke | Cognition Audiow: ““Was lucky enough to open for Jimmy Edgar years back in Vancouver and have been following him ever since. This is awesome! Definitely be playing this out and charting.””

Benno Blome: ““great seth troxler remix! will play this for sure!””

Harry Avers: ““Ahhh.... love Seth Troxler's remix..... absolutely brilliant.””

Johan Nilsson | di.fm: ““Nice retro disco vibe on this one. Enjoying the minimal sounds, especially with the tweaky 303 in the remixes :) Full support in our Minimal Channel.””

John Selway: ““great! probably my favorite release on Minus in years...””

John Tejada: ““thanks for this."young thing" is a very cool acid track. i'll be playing it.””

Laurent Garnier: ““yes yes yes , cool acid house old school kinda stuff. Will play for sure .........””

Riyaz Khan | DIVERSIONS radio: “"Can't wait to bang out these tracks on my show - they're HOT - love Seth's menacing acid infused rework of the title cut and, oh yeah, YOUNG THING is da bomb. 4.5/5””

Timo Maas: ““Funktion instrumental is very cool, Young thing is great aciiieed, i have forwarded to timo for you.””

Xpansul: ““Loving Young Thing and Seth's remix. Thanks a lot!!””

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