Roam Recordings has enlisted Galen and Shiny Objects, two heavyweights of San Francisco's dance music scene, for a collaborative release that lives up to their storied reputations – the bright and techy "Purest Sound", backed with the equally formidable "Sunday Freeze".
Galen started out by setting up speakers and a generator at a park in Berkeley every Sunday, and soon hundreds of people were dancing while watching the sun set behind the San Francisco skyline. Now he's behind the Sunset Sound System with its world-renowned outdoor events, boat parties, and annual Sunset Campout Festival. Shiny Objects is Christopher Smith, the founder of Om Records and the producer of of over one hundred tracks and remixes under various aliases. Smith is also a core member of the Burning Man camp Disco Knights and a proprietor of Monarch, one of the Bay Area's most respected nightspots.
The release certainly exudes a current San Francisco style: tech'ed out but still playful, and fitting firmly within Roam's party vibes aesthetic. "Purest Sound" gives the dance floor all it's got, with a beefy bass line, chiming percussion, and ominous spoken vocals over a compulsive rhythm. This one builds nicely into late night bliss mode. "Sunday Freeze" qualifies for 'double A-side', as it's a production that's just as potent and compelling. With a little more dub in its bones, the track moves in constant motion as echoey synths, thumping kicks, and a rumbling low end steer the course. The extended breakdown at the half-way mark succeeds in delivering after-hours power.
Mark Farina - "I dig it."
Gemini Brothers (Skint / Nein) - "Great summer hits … lovely!"
Larry Tee - "Hot one!"
DJ Harri (Sub Club / Subculture) - "I'm liking the old school Murk feel on these."
Vanilla Ace - "Cool tracks."
Severino (Horse Meat Disco) - "Yes … I'm into it!"
Atish (Desert Hearts / Robot Heart) - "'Sunday Freeze' is punchy, deep, and playful."
Da Funk (Acryl Music / Pacha) - "'Purest Sound' here for me … nice!"
Al Bradley (3am Recordings) - "A truly exceptional release … both cuts are just so good. 'Sunday Freeze' with its gradual build through the track just shaded it for me. Amazing sounds."
Bachelors Of Science (Code Recordings / Dirtybird) - "'Purest Sound' … what a monster earworm! Smashed it."
DJ Firefly (Couch Dancing Radio Show) - "I love both of these. Funky and spacey with catchy vocal samples … just perfect!"
Jean Jérome (Radio FG / Kut 'N' Paste) - "Huge beat and nice groove … perfect for my sets."
Tariq Ziyad (Nu Urban ERA) - "I love this. It's like John Carpenter making spaced out, dubby house."