James Curd – Checking Out NYC

Artist: James Curd
Title: Checking Out NYC
Format: Digital
LC: 15799
Cat: EXPDIGITAL132
Released: 25.07.2016

Props from Pedro Winter, Friendly Fires, DJ Sneak, Tim Paris, Jose Padilla, dOP, Severino, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs…

“If you like your grooves funk-fuelled and analog, then look no further than James Curd’s rather glorious triple track ep. ‘Checking Out NYC’ is a growling plucked bass, tight vocal cries, trickling keys and a spoken word vocal for extra cool. The piano chords go to church, amping up the energy all the way, whilst the 303s add that acid burble that gives rave reflux a good name. ‘Vertigo’ is a crisp snare and bungee bassline dance off that will make the old skool househeads lose their shit and make the nu-schoolers green with nu-acid house envy. What marks it out from the acid house wish they weres is that it layers on a tropical steel drum top line that is so beautifully musical and hooky that you can’t help but love it. Like the lyric says ‘At first I’m feeling high, then i’m feeling low, i’m trying to keep my focus, feels like vertigo’… We live this out on the dancefloor. It speaks to us. It gets my vote for this lyric alone. ‘Dance and Dash’ is an upbeat treat with double bass, 808s, bottle hits and steel drums going in and hard at it with the odd vocal whoop just for fun. Funky Chi-town vibes for those who know.” (DMC World)

James Curd has been busy with scoring and supervising movie soundtracks in the last months but finally found time to deliver new music. He has been collaborating with Filip from Daytime Discoact Poolside from LA as well as Chicago Legend DJ Deeon. Upcoming releases include cult Chicago label Trax Records, Repopulate Mars (Lee Foss’ new label – including mixes from Lee Foss himself and Felix Da Housecat), Eskimo, Sweat It Out and us: Exploited:) We can’t clearly remember how many Old Chi Acid House Tracks he sent us but in the end here are the 3 tracks we chose. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do.