Monthly Archives: June 2011

Review: Falty DL ‘Make It Difficult/Jack Your Job’ (All City)

Falty DL – Make It Difficult/Jack Your Job

Label All City

Cat # ACNY12x1

Released June 20th 2011

Style House

Rating 4/5

Originally intended as a collaboration as part of All City Records’ emerging new series that started strongly with a joint effort by Martyn and Mike Slott, Falty DL’s new single follows in the vein of Maurice Donovan’s Babeh/Satisfied by giving classic House sounds a modern twist. The New York based producer, whose output is both as prolific as it is varied in style is hard to pin and that’s what makes this single so immediately likable. Recording for labels like Planet Mu, Ramp and Swamp81, Falty DL refuses to be categorised, so Jack Your Job/Make It Difficult is somewhat of a gift; a quick and to-the-point proto-House burner from the man All City label boss Olan likens to Madlib in his creativity.

And quick it is! With both tracks clocking in at a little over three minutes it’s surprising that he successfully crams so many ideas in on each tune. Jack Your Job jumps right in with a short intro drum pattern, some soulful vocal stabs and a repeating hook courtesy of Minster Farrakhan of the Nation Of Islam. When the first hook drops (a soulful diva over some euphoric pads) the track has already accomplished what it needs to, yet DL then goes deep and then even deeper still by adding some funky flute on top, not dissimilar to St Germain’s So Flute but decidedly more dirty.

A trait of this tune and Make It Difficult is that they both feel like they’re a part of a DJ mix or some kind of 90s cut n paste job that brings in the best elements of the genre. Make It Difficult leans on the pop-crossover tangent the era enjoyed (think Yazz) and makes great use of a Bob James Mardi Gras-sounding break complimenting a female vocal loop and more conscious words from Mr Farrakhan.

It’s a real wonder who was being tapped to collaborate on this single and if their contribution would have been a help or hindrance to the project. Many producers would struggle to pack this many ideas in to a tune successfully but Falty DL does so with flying colours and because of that, it’s perhaps his most enjoyable work to date.


Make It Difficult

Jack Your Job


New Writing Assignment: Resident Advisor

I’ve never been keen on submitting reviews here for this site as the blog was never about forcing my opinions on the world. Sure, the interviews follow my line of questioning and the content is generally my forcing my opinions on the world (i.e if i think it’s garbage, you ain’t going to find it on here).

So it’s with a bit of relief that I’m writing for Resident Advisor now. Some reviews will still get placed here but for now, I’ll post a monthly digest of links of things I have written about on the site.

Love the comments on the Maurice Donovan review.

Huwston review of Zed Bias & Omar ‘Dancing’ here

Huwston review of Maurice Donovan ‘Babeh/Satified’ here

New Residency – Movement @ Beach Road Bondi

Fridays – Beach Road Bondi

8:00-12:00. Free Entry

Resident DJs on rotation: Kato, Victim, Huwston, Mason & Bennet (Paper Plane Project) and Preacha + special guests.

It is with great pleasure that Niche Productions, the promoters behind Days Like This! Festival and 2011 shows with Aloe Blacc, Benji B, Roska, Digital Mystikz, Calibre, De La Soul, Mayer Hawthorne and more, presents its first weekly venue booking arrangement.

Every Friday at Bondi’s Beach Road Hotel, a handful of Sydney’s most capable selectors will provide the missing link in what is already a colourful and diverse lineup at the venue. Dubstep, Future Soul, UK Funky/Garage and sprinkling of low slung, leftfield House, Hip-Hop and Beats will all make their way on to the playlist which, over winter, aims to give coastal customers a chance to hear the latest emerging music on a massive soundsystem.

Throwing back to the club weeklies of yesteryear, we’ll also be doing album launches and giving away CDs (remember them?) almost every other week at Movement. Already on the list we’ve got albums from Movement faves SBTRKT, Wiley, Africa Hitech, Shabazz Palaces and Zed Bias and there’s sure to be plenty more.

About your residents: Kato is a man who needs little introduction. With a list of festival appearances and international supports longer than both outstretched arms, he is also co-anchor of Thursday Sunsets on FBi 94.5fm. Victim is a founding father of Sydney’s Dubstep scene, promoting and booking the Void and Index parties, the former now in its fifth year after a monster sold out celebration with UK’s N-Type. Huwston can be heard Mondays on 2SER and read monthly in Drum Media covering a wide range of music from across the soul spectrum whilst Bennet and Mason are Sydney’s newest imports from Perth and their production alias Paper Plane Project covers an equally broad spectrum. Together with Preacha, these six cats will hold the vibe the right way over 3 sets a night, spanning all manner of BPMs, keeping the frequencies significantly on the lower end of the spectrum.

Cop a free tune from residents Paper Plane Project here:

So bob your head, tap your toes, sway side to side, put your hands up… it’s Movement.