Chi-town legend Farris comes to Toolroom with some no-nonsense jackin' beats
Keep 'em guessing, seems to be Toolroom's motto at the moment!
First there was this year's Miami sampler, a pleasingly wide-ranging collection that spanned right across the house and techno spectrum. Then there was recent single If It's Love, which saw label boss Mark Knight rediscovering his soulful house roots and serving up a proper 90s-style vocal belter. And now here comes Gene Farris, a man known for deep, soulful grooves, toting a track that's… well, not deep or soulful at all, really! Instead, Nursery is a no-nonsense peaktime club track that you can file under "house" or "tech-house" as you see fit.
Centred around a beefy, sleazy bassline designed to wind up the most reluctant of waists, and topped with a nagging keys riff and Farris's own recited nursery rhyme vocal ("Eeny-meeny-miny-mo/only good girls get to go/if you holler then we'll know/Eeeny-meeny-miny-mo"), Nursery is about as simple and straightforward an offering as I can ever recall hearing from the man. It borders, to be brutally honest, on the dumb-ass – but then you get the feeling that's entirely deliberate, because it's ALSO proof that raw talent and studio chops are everything, and that in the hands of a truly gifted producer, even the most simple and straightforward of ideas can be absolutely devastating out on the floor.
Words: Russell Deeks
Release date: 10 April
Review Score: 8