Here’s a strident new track by Baba-X, the Melbourne producer who also works with Zanzibar Chanel and Pink Notes. He delivered something a bit more sedate last year in the form of ‘Deeper Than Night’, but the track at hand pillages old trance tropes – rising, modulating stabs that reach for explosive climaxes – and combines them with gridlocked, though neatly detailed 4/4s. The track’s wholehearted embrace of its trance elements reminds me of last year’s severely underrated Fostercare LP. Whatever the case, this isn’t really representative of Baba-X’s sound as a whole, but then, none of his tracks are.
This new Zanzibar-Chanel clip features expensive pieces of analog musical equipment being crushed underfoot, and people looking pretty cool at a bedroom disco. ‘Feel My Power’ is a very suss-sounding house track that isn’t made any less… uh, suss-er for the frequent references to dungeons. But I guess that depends on your attitude towards dungeons.
Zanzibar-Chanel is the work of “Zac” and Luis-Crans Lawrence, who also produces under the name Baba-X. They’re actually playing in Sydney this weekend, at the Red Rattler on December 1 as part of Gaylordz – Gaylienz. There’s a new 12 inch coming through Ruff Records early next year. In the meantime, revel in the sordid glory of ‘Feel My Power’. The clip is directed by Liam Osborne, who is responsible for that Synthetic Texxxture stuff we posted about a while ago.
This is some very luxurious but faintly ominous deep house by Melbourne producer Baba-X. He has a new digital and cassette release called Sounds of the Concrete Forest Vol. 3, which runs the gamut between that ubiquitous variety of post-Dilla instrumental hip-hop and tracks like ‘Deeper Than Night’, which is embedded below. I prefer the latter, with its faint purplene glow and city-at-dusk smog haze. Don a pair of headphones and watch Akira with the sound down while listening to this.
Baba-X is the project of Luis Cran-Lawrence, who also performs/produces under the titles Pink Notes and Zanzibar Chanel. He’s part of that //This Thing// cabal, which also boasts Wooshie, Andras Fox and Thomas William among plenty of others. If you want the tape get cracking, because it’s limited to 50 copies.