New York’s Get Up Recordings presents a true transatlantic effort in the form of the single “Warriors” from The Carry Nation and The Cucarachas. The idea for “Warriors” began as The Carry Nation (Will Automagic and DJ Nita) were touring Europe in support of the “This Bitch Is Alive” single and decided to stop in London for a visit with their friends Borja Pena and Tom Stephan, who make up The Cucarachas. A feverish ten hour studio session ensued with the foundation for “Warriors” as a result. Once the The Carry Nation returned across the ocean, each duo completed their own version, with a US Mix and a UK Mix as evidence.
“Warriors” is a percussive house music stomper with a good dose of retro flavor and a topping of after-hours energy. The samples in the track might not come as a surprise due to the title, but they are used rhythmically and creatively in a way that feels quite fresh. The breakdowns are expressive and unpredictable and should generate megawatts of dance floor electricity. The crew enlisted the legendary Tedd Patterson for the first in a set of remixes and the man from Vibal Recordings definitely delivers. Patterson unleashes a Dance Mix, a Dub Mix, and the ‘vital for DJs’ Battle Beats version. These mixes give a further nod to an old school sound while pulsing and grooving in a modern fashion. Crucial beats, indeed. Patterson is actually the only act on this single that is not a ‘duo’ as Fatherhood (Michael Magnan and Physical Therapy) and DONKEY (Josh Sparber and Mikey Fuentes) close out the remixes. Fatherhood’s mix takes things a bit deeper with atmospheric percussion and spacey synth pads creating an otherworldly vibe. DONKEY drags “Warriors” into the warehouse with a booming and dark interpretation that sounds both exhilarating and a little dangerous.
The quality on display from “Warriors” has inspired The Carry Nation and The Cucarachas to make their collaboration a regular occurrence, added to the agenda whenever one or the other crosses the big pond. Until then, enjoy this exceptional offering from Get Up Recordings with the promise of much more to come.
Marques Wyatt - “Tedd Patterson’s Dub Mix for me!”
Gene Hunt - “Nice big room jam.”
Moodymanc - “Great beats from Tedd Patterson, as ever.”
Tensnake - “Nice tune.”
DJ Craig C (Peace Bisquit, Pound Boys) - “This EP is the sh*t! Finally, a package with some variety! The mixes are solid and it gives a DJ something to work with … top notch!”
Raymundo Rodriguez - “Solid stuff.”
Robert Owens - “The US Mix of the original is a cool track.”
Abicah Soul - “Too good!”
Rick Preston - “Love this! Every mix is on point.”
Inland Knights - “We’re liking those beats!”
Graeme Park - “Tedd Patterson’s mix for me.”
Hippie Torrales - “Nice percussion groove in the original. Very spicy.”
Doc Link - “Hot release! Full support.”
Joey Silvero (Distant People) - “Gritty and moody feel, cool for late night sets.”
QuestionmarQ (Red FM, Ireland) - “I’m really digging Ted Patterson’s mix and the sneaky use of Capricorn’s classic.”
Tony D’Onghia (Radio Koper-Capodistria) - “Yummy release. The cheeky sample makes it very very useful. A secret weapon for all the discerning DJs.”
DJ Nova (Rodon FM, Greece) - “This label drops bombs! DONKEY’s remix sounds like a real warrior but it’s the Tedd Patterson Dance Mix that goes back to classic NYC with its acid effects … explodes!”