Christian Vance, Tiger Snake EP


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Ripperton and Sam K’s label Perspectiv got its start in late 2006/early 2007, just as the former was approaching his peak popularity. The imprint pointed its new found limelight at a cast of relative unknowns like Minz, Ndru, Lucy, October and Dachshund, among others. But as Ripperton’s popularity waned post-Lazy Fat People, so did listeners’ appetite for his label’s fresh-faced selection and its singles have gone by mostly unnoticed. That’s a shame, because the end of 2008 was an especially fertile time for Perspectiv, which released a tasty platter from Dana Ruh (backed by an equally sumptuous Agn├Ęs remix) and Christian Vance’s debut, the “Tiger Snake EP.”

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For a first timer, Vance’s sound is surprisingly detailed and well developed. A sparkling progression opens “Tiger Snake” carrying a sleek and winding mid-range riff in its wake, its attack growing ever sharper. Wriggling tones and tense pads notch up the pressure until a breakdown strips things back to square one. Some might dismiss Vance’s sound as too reminiscent of Carl Craig, but they’re missing out on the charged atmosphere “Tiger Snake” ushers onto the dance floor (and these days C2 is too busy with more artsy pursuits to churn out floor-fillers). Quarion manages to do “Tiger Snake” one better while maintaining its wide angle approach. By reducing the original elements to a fluttering loop churning in the background, he makes room for a Chicago-influenced bass line, syncopated plucks and a bright synth lead to get dancers grinning. Taken together it’s incredibly effective and ranks among Quarion’s best remixes. Minz’s “Rattlecat” remix is the least compelling of the bunch but doesn’t slouch, rolling the bass notes into squishy progressions and firing off distorted chords that fizzle and flare. It’s perhaps too early to say Perspectiv is mounting a comeback, as singles this solid make you wonder what you’ve been missing all along.

Marcus  on February 16, 2009 at 2:46 AM

Track is dope! Part future, part history. We like!

rubin  on February 16, 2009 at 10:57 AM

stunning tune, bagged instantly

Joe H  on February 16, 2009 at 3:21 PM

i liked the agnes mix of dana ruh you mentioned. this is growing on me too, i found it trancey at first but after further listening i’m hearing another side too it.

hutlock  on February 16, 2009 at 3:36 PM

“(and these days C2 is too busy with more artsy pursuits to churn out floor-fillers).”

Hmmm… I might disagree with that.

littlewhiteearbuds  on February 16, 2009 at 3:54 PM

If you include his very new remix of “Stoned Autopilot” and I guess the version of “Recomposed” I see your point. Beyond that it seems his focus has been elsewhere.

hutlock  on February 16, 2009 at 6:09 PM

Those are the very two I was thinking of!

Sam  on February 17, 2009 at 10:57 AM

Wow – really, really excellent track!

chrisdisco  on February 21, 2009 at 9:15 PM

vance has been producing and playing live in melbourne for a longtime, hence why this ep sounds pretty developed for someone ‘new’. glad to see he is finally getting some stuff out on wax.

soma_corp  on February 22, 2009 at 6:13 AM

He also runs a digital label with two other guys from Melbourne, Haul Music, which is exclusively distributed by Beatport.

Check out his second EP on Haul – ‘Too Long On Venus’ for more past / future goodness.

littlewhiteearbuds  on February 22, 2009 at 8:56 AM

Interesting that Vance has so much going on but Discogs saw fit to just leave it all out. Thanks for letting us know, guys.


Little White Earbuds » Little White Earbuds February Charts  on March 8, 2009 at 8:52 PM

[…] Paul Frick, “Steal My Heart” (Dub Version) [Kalk Pets] (download) 07. Christian Vance, “Tiger Snake” (Quarion remix) [Perspectiv] (buy) 08. Klockworks, “Grab Me” [Klockworks] (buy) 09. Kontext, […]

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