- Back in days of yore (i.e., 2000) there was a dance track, attributed to Different Gear vs. The Police, which basically plopped the "everything-sucks-and-so-what" lyrics of the Police song "When the World is Running Down" and a big chunk of Andy Summers shimmering guitar over a vaguely disco, big-room house backbone. Of course, the track was crap…and, of course, it was a massive worldwide smash, so Different Gear's Gino Scaletti and Quinn Whalley carried on with their club-hit-making ways (remember "Drink to Get Drunk" and "A Little Bit Paranoid?") throughout the decade. That was then—but times change, and so did Scaletti and Whalley. For one thing, they tweaked their moniker a bit, but more importantly, they put a lid on the Stilton, opting instead to use their skills for somewhat less knuckleheaded use. And unlike many mainstreamers who make a foray into the underground, with the release of the One More Thing EP (released on Damian Lazarus's Crosstown Rebels label) they've largely succeeded.
On the EP's title track, synthesizer filigree drapes atop a bumping, early-Murk bass 'n' drum chug, while Arianne Schreber intoning something about how she's a serial seducer and "so is he, so is she." On paper, it sounds as ghastly as the idea of basing a track on a hideously overplayed Police hit—and in truth, the whispered, monotone vocals are a bit hackneyed—but the track kills, and will probably end up being played everywhere from the Space terrace in Ibiza to your local sweaty basement party. It's all about that sexed-up rhythm section, a version of which appears on the even-better (read: minus the vocals) "One Thing Less," which crushes the bass into a rumbling undercurrent, adds a wobbling keyboard and a giant, boinging rubber band sound while the producers fiddle around with the reverb and delay knobs. It's simple, but quite dark and pretty damn brilliant. The third version, which effectively serves as the dub of the original, reverts back to the Murk imprint while stripping down the vocals to a bare minimum and riding a warped, acidic lead line for a good eight minutes—it's pure technofunk, and it's the best cut of a fine package.
A One Thing More
B1 One Thing Less
B2 One Thing More (Dub)