It’s safe to say that without Vito & Druzzi, we wouldn’t be here today. Indeed, along with the other members of the Rapture (ever heard of them?) and James Friedman, they founded Throne of Blood. Our histories go hand in hand. After releasing classic albums on labels like Sub Pop, DFA, Vertigo, and Motown- and spending more than a decade touring the World with LCD Soundystem, Soulwax, The Cure, Interpol, and Franz Ferdinand to name a few- Vito & Druzzi have spent the last few years shifting their focus towards DJing and production, building a studio in Brooklyn and churning out the jams. It’s been a labor a love and we’re very happy to present you with the first fruits of their collaboration.
“Moon Temple” and “King of the Jungle” have a classic (but not retro) feel to them: “Moon Temple” gradually builds towards analog madness, the groove held together by relentless rim shots reminiscent of Plastikman’s seminal “Spastik”. ”King of the Jungle” is to Chicago what “Moon Temple” is to Detroit: slightly groovier, with ample use of organ sounds that’ll please fans of Mike Dunn, all while retaining the same modern analog approach. Again, rimshots are omnipresent, but what did you expect coming from the guys who inspired an entire decade of cowbell driven disco jams?
Curses reworks “Moon Temple,” molding the track into a “doom house” stormer that fits right in with his Call the Doctor EP: The reverbs are cavernous, the bass is low and the vibe is right. Fresh off their Achilles EP, PBR Streetgang house up “King of the Jungle”, adding hats, cut up vocal bits and sirens, steering the EP right into the middle of the dancefloor. Literally and figuratively, this is 100% Throne of Blood.
Published: 29th May 2014