The artist formerly known as D'Stephanie aims right at the dancefloor
It's always a pleasure to get sent something new from the mighty Black Vinyl. Even more so when the release in question packs something of a surprise, which this one certainly does! The work of the Berlin-based Belgian producer formerly known as D'Stephanie, I Came To Jack is, as the name kinda implies, like a musical trip back in time - in the words of the press release, "to those early days of house music, before it all got a bit shit"!
It's presented here in two mixes. The original opens with a simple, nagging piano riff, which is soon joined by a looping male "I came to Jack" vocal and a hard-slammin' 4/4 kick. Some acid-y synth squiggles then herald the arrival of a rather large bassline and some diva wails, all of which build to a proper hands-in-the-air crescendo around the 4:00 mark. There's nothing here we've not heard before, admittedly, but if you're fiending for those old skool Chi-town vibes this'll be right up your Frankie Knuckles Boulevard, while the accompanying Jacked Up Dub, with its jungle noises and foregrounded synth squelch, will do the trick if you're looking for something a bit more down n' dirty.
Something of a departure for Black Vinyl, this one, but definitely one to check.
Words: Russell Deeks
Release date: 2 November
Review Score: 8