Meati & Meech - Bock
|1.||Bock||UK Funky / UK Garage|
|2.||Bock Panton Remix||Progressive House|
|3.||Bock Poupon Remix||Tech House|
|5.||Choctaw Deebs Remix||UK Funky / UK Garage|
|6.||Choctaw SunnyBeach HappySlap MardiGras Remix||Future Garage|
In the dim Toronto nightclubs nestled between roti shops and back alleys full of stolen road bikes, there's a new sound brewing. One of the frontrunners of that Canadian techno contingent is made up of Toronto duo Meati & Meech (Todd Douglas Schlattman and Michel Fournier), whose Discobelle Records debut track "Favela" received overwhelming reviews and popularity as it topped the best selling charts; #1 in the Funky/ Club House & #2 in overall sales. It was second only to Duck Sauce's 'Barbra Streisand', but with less Boney M sampling and more baile funk, bubbling percussion and menacing fog machine hisses. Their new "Bock" EP is an expansion of their developing signature sound - six tracks that employ rattling percussion and spliced tropical samples to devastating effect. The title trackis reminiscent of a marching band lost in hell, trumpet players stumbling forward and fighting their way through a haze of fog while batons twirl in the air. Under all that filtered shuffling there's a big buildup to a moment of dancefloor euphoria halfway through that's not to be missed. Panton's remix treats the original of Bock like a hollowed out rusty pipe laying in a sewer somewhere, picked up by a mutant and effectively wielded as a club to bludgeon people to death with. Throwing on a sheen of industrial dirtiness, a mechanical panic-attack inducing snare line and a steadily building cacophony of rumbles that eventually build up to an earthquake proportioned rave workout, it's a danceably grim re-interpretation of the original. Poupon goes a different route, letting the bongos take all the shine in his immediately accessible reworking. A chirping collage of micro-trumpets, shuffling claps, hollers and cheers follow, and you get the feeling that you're descending deep into a tropical cavern with a bunch of religious looking prehistoric scratchings on the wall. Four minutes in and everything kicks into some fireworks spouting tropical festivity that would make anyone at the Caribana Festival blush. Meati & Meech's second original track on the EP is "Choctaw", which could be the sound of someone sawing off their leg in the rainforest after a helicopter crash, while echoing 808 pings sounding off in the wilderness. Meati & Meech even manage to pump in some pan flute amongst the percussive ruins of the track, and it sounds like the most logical and natural thing in the world. Following up on a fantastic release from Get Flavor Records, fellow Toronto artist Deebs offers up a gigantic cut for the dancefloor, packed to the brim with an infectious energy. It's reminiscent of a bubbling organ grinder version of "Who's Afraid Of Detroit" or Cajmere's "Percolator" getting knocked around in a garbage disposal. It's a huge tune that will no doubt slay big rooms 'cross the frozen tundra of Canada and beyond. Finally, "journalistic-nightmare-to-remember" Sunnybeach happyslap Mardigras give a lively reworking of Choctaw - liberal scoopings of bass, rattling ominous noises in the background and strange chanting lead to this one probably causing a few dance induced panic attacks.