Underground house and techno veteran Francis Harris, aka Adultnapper, and LA born and raised, Big Bully, are welcomed into the Culprit fold for the label’s eighth release. Culprit delivers another unique first on these two tracks with the pairing of Adultnapper and Big Bully, a collaboration that unites two artists with extensive musical pedigrees.
Adultnapper is hard to pin down. He is at once a NYC mixologist, globe-trotting DJ, philosopher, studio geek, former political radical and comic-book character. He has released on Dirt Crew, Mule, Superfreq, Poker Flat, Audiomatique and his own label, Ransom Note. He has also headed into the studio with now LA-based Mr C, to partner and co-create the Sycophant Slags. It’s an alias highly suited to Adultnapper, who has always steered clear of following a ‘trendy’ path, for one more idiosyncratic, but no doubt closer to his heart. Good thing he did.
Born and raised in LA, but now living in Brooklyn, Big Bully (Dawson Baca) is a producer, musician, DJ and vocalist who blends streetwise flavor and techno sophistication in his musical output. His vocal prowess has seen him record with Dinky, Jay Haze/Fuck Pony, [a]ppendics.shuffle (Ken Gibson), Samim and others, with work appearing on Get Physical, Esperanza, Circus Company to name but a few.
Though both Big Bully and Adultnapper have often been associated with moodier and darker sounds in their careers, it’s very clear that both artists have more than one side to their musical personalities. On this release Adultnapper gets deeper and funkier than you may have heard him before, while maintaining his immaculate production values and commitment to the dancefloor.
The two tracks offer contrasting elements. The title track is Adultnapper channeling the vibe of LA sunset-lit early evenings, where burnished lazy days meet the rising energy of Hollywood’s sultry nightlife. Strutting self-assured percussion, layers of deep and moody chords, underpinned by a swinging bassline and the shimmering breathy vocals of Big Bully. This is Adultnapper stretching his rich sonic palette with sounds inspired by LA ‘s natural environment and almost mystical presence.
‘Lie To Me’ is a more propulsive counterpart to the A side. This is Los Angeles at night, sexy and sinister, with a sense of nocturnal purpose. A great warbling bassline moves the track throughout. The darker mid-tempo groove is a perfect foil for Big Bully's slinky, slithering vocal.
Published: 30th July 2010