The Wizards are catching up with the fast growing minimal scene which exploded a few months ago and Renaissance Man (two men actually) have probably left the biggest impression on us. Hailing from Helsinki, Finland, Renaissance Man are producing some originality out of a samey house scene. Thumping yet minimal, yes they’ve done it. We’ve already posted a couple of their tracks, but I still hadn’t delved properly into them and discovered even better tracks, two of them are definitely my most listened this week. One of them is ‘Spraycan’ off the Spraycan EP released back in May on Switch’s Dubsided label, the other is ‘What Is Guru’ off the Aloha EP released the following month on the much talked about Sound Pelligrino label. Here’s a few of their really excellent tracks.
This is the first Renaissance Man track I LOVED. Thumping bass drum, and that’s it for a bit, enter syncopating high synth, then drop into mesmerising and gripping melody and sounds using the high synth and a vocal sample with effects. The second drop then and third then add in a background bass pulsating away with devastating effect. What a tune.
‘What Is Guru’ is my other fave which is definitely swayed by the fact that I love anything which incorporates Indian styley. But the other obvious reason is the crude yet beautiful chopping of the vocals taken from a rendition of the famous Hare Krishna chant to produce a rather jolly little ditty! The Riva Starr remix is very similar but with more bongos, reverb on the vocals and a different structure. Equally fucking amazing.
‘Aloha’ was the title track of their latest EP. It includes a helplessly tribal beat, wailing singing (Hawaiian I assume), deep resonating bass coming in for the drop almost resembling Proxy’s ‘Raven’ bass which is bold in a minimal tune.
The next two tracks a lesser known off the Spraycan EP but still great to listen to. ‘Dubbo’ is very simple yet effective, house beat with some high pitched bongos and a deep, electronic bass sound on the offbeat. ‘Harleem’however is pretty fucking fidgety! Odd, whirring synths form a cool melodic pattern and the track progesses to a higher climax.