Loco Dice - In The House

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  • It looks an unlikely hook-up on paper—a DJ best known for his brawny house and techno and a long-standing bastion of vocal house. But is it really so strange? Defected have spent the last decade and a half building their rep on seeking out tracks from the far-flung corners of house music and turning them into hits. Their mix CDs are a production line of neatly-packaged clubland snapshots for the casual dance music fan. And whether you like it or not, that's what a lot of house music is to many of its consumers—just another tendril wrapping itself around pop music's trunk. In the other corner you have Loco Dice who, like one of his mentors, Sven Väth, has fashioned a career in underground dance music through a strong work ethic and missionary zeal. He's every bit a brand as Defected, and is clearly aware of the benefits of self-promotion. That said, there's no doubt that Loco Dice In The House is a departure from the standard Defected fare. It feels like a coup for the latter and a successful exercise in what you might call "brand extension" for Dice. The first CD is the most immediately digestible for the core Defected audience. Early highlights include Roger Gerressen's echo-drenched percussive workout "Somebody Should Have Told You" (its Grand Puba sample no doubt having pricked the attention of an old hip-hop head like Dice) and Matthew Styles jacking remix of Franck Roger's "Don't U Know," which borders on hip-house. While there's a spattering of vocal tracks, they're chiefly of the cut-up variety, with Nathan Borato's juddering "Give It To You" being one of the few exceptions. Things toughen up on CD2. Glimpse's "True South" acts as a harbinger of things to come, with its cavernous voodoo drums and screwball vocal. Despite being one of the older tracks here, the twisted techno of Skudge's "Convolution" stands out not just for its pistol-crack claps and blurry dub bass, but what Dice mixes it into. If there's one track on In The House that will get people talking, it's the hyped-up house/brostep of Diplo's "Express Yourself." The transition is perhaps the most awkward thing about it, as the record itself rather passes you by, later to be comprehensively outboxed by Mr Tophat & Art Alfie's foot-to-the-pedal disco, "Crab At The Green Hunter," and Alden Tyrell's industrial-leaning techno sprint, "Rush." In truth, Diplo's appearance is a red herring. The inclusion of Tyrell—as well as that of Glimpse, Skudge, Marcel Dettman and Mad Mike & DJ Rolando—on a Defected mix speaks volumes, and reflects a label slowly attempting an image change.
  • Tracklist
      CD1 01. Loco Dice - M Train To Brooklyn 02. Roger Gerressen - Somebody Should Have Told You 03. Marcelo Rosselot & Francisco Allendes feat. Gustavo Ferrante - Straight Up 04. Franck Roger - Don't U Know (Matthew Styles Club Mix) 05. EDA - Love Worn 06. Robert Dietz - Common 07. He Did - Something 08. About Group - You're No Good (Theo Parrish Translation With Ashong) 09. The Glitz - Not Easy 10. Brixton & Bommersheim - Late Up 11. Doc Martin feat. Lillia - So Many Dreams 12. Tevo Howard feat. Rick Howard House Room (Paul du Lac Vocal Remix) 13. Federico Grazzini - Untouchable 14. Delaze - Discoordination 15. Catz 'n Dogz & KiNK - Bad Love 16. Nathan Barato - Give It To You 17. Gee-Man - The Soul (Pimp Daddies Mix) CD2 01. Call Me ES - Short Circuit 02. Glimpse - True South 03. Kyle Hall & Kero - K2 Attack! (Short Mix) 04. Skudge - Convolution 05. Diplo - Express Yourself 06. David Alvarado - Ysleta 07. Harvard Bass - Cream 08. Marcel Dettmann - Ellipse 09. Jack The Box - Pon De Undaground (Dingeman Remix) 10. Audioone - Avantgram 11. Randee Jean - You Got It (Dexter & Awanto3 Mix 1) 12. Mr. Tophat & Art Alfie - Crab At The Green Hunter 13. Jean Pierre - Who U Mad At? 14. Alden Tyrell - Rush 15. Mad Mike & DJ Rolando - Aztlan 16. Kerri Chandler - Six Pianos