San Francisco label Public Release Recordings steps boldly into 2013 with a new single from Woolfy (a.k.a. Simon James). "Junior's Throwin Craze" is a slinky ode to the kind of red-eyed madness symptomatic of round-the-clock hardcore partying. That is to say, it's another late-night anthem rooted in the playful sound of West Coast sleaze.
"Haven't slept for days!" shouts James to kick off the a-side original. Cruising erratically, like a luxury yacht commandeered by a bacchanal, it quickly establishes an exuberant good-time energy by weaving jittering Clavinets and burned-out guitars over a elastic Loose Joints-style rhythm. The bender keeps going and he's soon joined by a battery of echoing disco toms that fly through like vaporous sonic hallucinations. By the time the party starts chanting "Everybody get a little," it's clear that truer words have never been spoken.
Next up we find Eric Duncan's "Dr Dunks Bar Club Dub," the first of three remixes. Here the New Yorker accentuates the track's natural trippiness by extending it into a seven-minute journey through thick washes of reverb and old-school Jamaican delay. Fellow Big Apple-resident Jacques Renault compliments the more disco-forward tendencies of the two a-side versions with a b-side take that injects the cut with the unmistakable stutter of early-'90s garage. Staying true to the ethos expressed by his label Let's Play House, he throws in heavily swung snares, snappy hi-hats, and a jacking bassline to lend the EP some serious peak-time muscle.
This uptempo energy reaches its apex with the record's final mix by Being Borings, the Japanese duo of Tomoki Kanda and Crue-L Records label head Kenji Takimi. Under their direction the song is pushed towards the beautiful excesses of late-'70s hi-nrg via gargantuan orchestral flourishes and a galloping bassline that might as well be straight from the annals of Casablanca Records. Like the release it springs from, it's an enabling whole-hearted embrace of the trials and pleasures that come with the 24 hour party lifestyle.
Published: 31st January 2013