The classic jacking Chicago house sound revisited - and updated - with the help of some big-name collaborators
Coming on the very aptly named new
label We Jack, what we have here is the debut album from the slightly
mysterious Gettoblaster, who are a "house and techno duo with roots
from Chicago and Detroit," according to their Soundcloud page, and
that's about as much as we can tell you.
No matter - their adoption of such a faceless persona well
befits their sound, which harks back unashamedly to the earliest,
rawest days of Chi-town house. But while Diamonds & Palm Trees
will without doubt appeal to fans of other revivalist outfits such as
Snuff Crew, this is more than a simple collection of homage tracks,
for two reasons.
Firstly, there's the small matter of
who else is on the album apart from Gettoblaster themselves: try
Steve 'Silk' Hurley, Farley 'Jackmaster' Funk, Bad Boy Will, DJ Deeon
and Robert Armani on for size! Secondly, Diamonds & Palm Trees is
by no means stuck in the past: the second half of the album, in
particular, is rooted as much in ghetto-tech and footwork as it is in
first-generation house, filthy lyrics and all.
To ensure maximum impact, serve in dark
basements at ungodly hours.