The launch of Pole Folder's Reworck record label has been nothing short of impressive.
From the excitingly varied dancefloor-focused sounds the label has put out over its five releases, to its new family of up and coming producers, and the announcement of Cologne sound wizard Robert Babicz as the official head of mastering, everything Reworck has done since its birth in August 2010 has been right on the money.
Dance music had been crying out for a label to champion quality, forward-thinking, melodic house and techno, without being lumped into the progressive house genre that so many feel has lost its way in recent years.
After a poignant and successful end to 2010, Reworck today dropped its first dancefloor bombshell of the year - a powerful and hypnotic melodic house track from Marseilles DJ Amine Edge.
'Screw Down' twists with a confidence and energy that defies its enchanting deepness. Constructed beautifully around a matrix of loops, vocals, percussion, and rippling bass, it's a heavy and psychedelic house sound that kicks the gut as much as it spins the head.
Big DJ supporters include Tiger Stripes, Nick Warren, Hernan Cattaneo, Guy J, Djuma Sound System and Hector Romero.
With a flurry of similarly intoxicating releases planned for 2011, we sat down with Reworck's Amine Edge to find out more about 'Screw Down', his unique sound, and his studio set up.
Let's start at the beginning, where did your interest in dance music begin?
My passion for dance music started in the 1990s, when I listened to the radio in France and shows like Dimitri From Paris. I also used to watch Dutch TV, and the Berlin House and House TV shows which both played a lot of dance music.
How did you get into producing music?
I started in the early 2000s, with progressive house. Now I'm back to producing house music which is really my roots.
What kind of house do you make?
I produce deep house mainly, stuff that has a 1990's vibe, with disco samples.
Sometimes I produce something a bit more techy, but it always has a 1990's vibe.
Why is that?
Because that's the sound I really want. After many years of new sounds taking over dance music - we've had everything from progressive house to minimal techno come and go - now we have explored all the possibilities with those genres everyone is starting to make music with an older vibe.
It's the evolution of the scene. A lot of producers do not use presets on keyboards anymore, because everyone is doing their own synthesis from scratch. The music has become very minimalistic.
It's the same with the way people use drums now. Sampling is back. TR808 kits are back too. We are definitely back to our roots.
Do you also produce your music with tools from the 1990s?
Well I do have a few synthesizers from that era, like the Novation Supernova II. I also have a Minimoog Voyager and a Nord Lead 3.
What's your studio set up like?
I run it all through Ableton Live on a PC. I've got a MOTU audio interface and a MOTU MIDI interface.
For monitoring, I use Genelec 1031A and Yamaha HS80M speakers.
I'm also a big fan of plug ins. Currently I use the UAD Neve EQ and Compressor for mastering, a Waves Api 2500 compressor, and a Sonnox Oxford EQ. I sometimes use a D16Group for kicks.
I've got many tools. One of my favourite recent discoveries is the Brainworx BX XL limiter, it's awesome!
Is deep house music your favourite style of dance music?
Yes definitely. I've always connected with music from producers like Ben Watt, Kolombo, Seth Troxler, Johnny D, Gorge, and people like the Wolf+Lamb guys and Nicolas Jarr.
Your label Homes Art Music puts out a variety of sounds.
Yes, that's a label for everyone really. I've signed tracks by Lemon8, Oliver Moldan, Kolombo, Abyss, Mateo Murphy, and many more artists. It's been the main outlet for my music since late 2008.
'Screw Down' is a very deep, hypnotic track. Is this the sound you're currently going for?
I try to do music like this, but not all the time. I have a couple of tracks about at the moment that are deep, but not as dark as 'Screw Down'. They're straighter, but still cool.
I'm also working on another track in the same style for Reworck, but it's more happy.
Where did you come up with the idea for this track?
I listen to a lot, a lot, of music. Disco, 1970's soul, r&b, everything. I heard this track by Billy Paul that really intrigued me, so I sampled some cuts from it and also some rhythms from my favourite disco band, Philly's MSFB.
I used these samples as the basis of 'Screw Down'. I was going for a disco, deep house, melodic edge.
And Pole Folder's remix takes the track in a different direction somewhat.
Yeah, I love the punch he gave it. Also the 8-bit sound in the background, the aggressive bassline that comes in around two minutes thirty, and at the break he added a brilliant melodic element over the top, which created an awesome atmosphere.
How did you and Pole Folder first connect?
I first emailed him on MySpace a few years ago to send him a demo. Then we used to talk occasionally over MSN when I lived in London around 2007.
We've been in touch ever since. When I sent him the demo for 'Screw Down' he immediately said he wanted the track for his label. Now we talk everyday, he's a friend.
Amine Edge 'Screw Down'
Listen / download Amine Edge 'Screw Down' from Beatport, DJdownload, WhatPeoplePlay, or Juno Download.
Here's what some DJs are saying about the release:
Nick Warren: The original is great, but the Pole Folder remix will set the floors alight.
Hector Romero: I've been playing the original for a while now and it always does well for me on the dancefloor. Proper tech house, tribal deepness. Turn off the lights and get lost in the music!
Hernan Cattaneo: This is massive. I will play Pole Folder mix for months! I absolutely love this.
Djuma Soundsystem: Nice and deep.
Marquez Ill: A very catchy vocal sample comes along with a deep groovy beat. Pole Folder's remix is my pick. Good job guys!