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House of Black Dress on Gourmet Recordings Sept. 2005

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Out 5th September 2005

Artist: House of Black Dress

Title: I Wasn’t Always This Way

Label: Gourmet Recordings

I Wasn’t Always This Way (Telectro Mix)


I Wasn’t Always This Way (Jak Mix)


Press release:

HOBD is Nathan Drew Larsen’s new project. Mr. Larsen is responsible for some of the most unique and interesting house music to come out in the past few years. He’s had releases and remixes on NRK, 2020 Vision, Hooj Choons, Cyclo, RZ, Airtight, Simple Soul and Afterhours. He has also produced a string of amazing singles and EP’s for us including our very first release! Here Nathan’s got his sights set on some big room sleaziness. Don’t get the wrong impression when you read ‘big room’; there’s nothing formulaic or typical about these tracks. This record has been written with the singular idea to rock dance floors but both versions are oozing with Nathan’s almost fetishistic attention to detail. The Telectro Mix is built around a louder-than-bombs FM bass line. Spoken words are peppered over the track and a sax (played by Nathan) floats eerily in the middle adding a warm layer to an otherwise insistent almost robotic groove. The Jak Mix is as swinging as the Telectro Mix is straight. Bass warbles, stabs and fluttering shakers jut and bubble at odd times sounding like a jazz drummer whose been forced to play alien kitchen utensils. The track starts minimally and builds subtly so when the crescendo does finally happen it invariably causes mayhem with audiences. Both mixes have already ignited the imaginations of DJ’s like James Holden, David Duriez, Damian Lazarus, Lee Burridge and Three

DJ Reactions:

“This tune is killer! I played the Jak Mix at the Ten Days Off festival on Saturday and it destroyed them. Well done.“ – Damian Lazarus (Crosstown Rebels)

“Thanks for the new track, really digging the Jak mix. Perfect 4am dark vibe….†– Chris Duckenfield

“Really feeling both versions of this. Will play n support!“ – Geoffroy Hi-Phen

“Love the Jak Mix. Will chart and play.†– Fafa Monteco (Hypnotic / Redlight)

“I really enjoy the concept here. I can feel the Telectro Mix and yeah it's gonna be a blinder in a club too. No doubt about that. Support!†– Tuomas Salmela (F-com / 2020 Vision)

“Oh you dirties! Love the Telectro Mix; super twisted. I guarantee that'll send a few people under!†– Magik Johnson (NRK)

“Regarding the HOBD tracks, I love them! I think they're not very easy access, none of the two, but effective on a dance floor. Can't wait to try them. Great mental stuff!†– AlexKid (Fcom / Dessous / Missive)

“Love the Telectro mix. So tripped out!†– Tyler Stadius (Fabric)

“I really like both mixes! The Jak Mix is so demented but still maintains a really cool groove. I actually prefer the Telectro Mix a little bit more. I think it will really be huge in big rooms. Also the whole package is not your standard electro, house or techno; it’s a little bit off-kilter…which is why I like it!†– Joshua Collins (Nitegrooves / Grayhound)

“I like the Jak mix. It's a little abstract for me…but I like its dark mood and strong rhythms. Nice to hear Nathan's stuff!†– Miles Maeda

“This two track EP is without a doubt, my favorite Gourmet release to date. Fucking TWISTED! Outstanding production, creativity is oozing out of the speakers on both tracks. The A Side has been a staple in my sets…. Every time I play it, people rush up to the booth either to trainspot or tell me I am a fucking wacko! The B Side is just as good. This is 100% perfect stuff here.†– Little Mike (Phrunky / Casa Del Soul)

â€Thanks for this promo. I like the Telectro Mix; think I will play it this weekend and the next week end too…on and on….†– FEX (Brique Rouge / Dessous)

â€What can I say. Sick as usual! 10/10†– Chris Udoh

“These are both wicked!†– Spettro (Nightshift / Big Chief)

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