DOTW: Alex Israel, Spite Donkey Scolding Leech

Alex Israel’s 2011 EP for Will “Speculator” Burnett’s W.T. Records, Walking to Guntersville, turned out to be one of the year’s finer house EPs. On its four tracks, the Chicago-via-Detroit producer blended the historical sounds of his hometowns with a healthy element of jammy unpredictability. This year, he’s set to release a follow up for Holland’s Crème Organization, and if “Spite Donkey Scolding Leech” is any indicator, it’s every bit as freewheeling and raw. Beginning with a booming electro-jack rhythm, Israel adds a sharp, bouncing bass line, crazed, drunkenly dramatic church organ lines, and brisk synth arpeggios. As with the tracks on Walking to Guntersville, “Spite Donkey Scolding Leech” is a prime slice of synthetic funk, stuffed full of turn-on-a-dime changes. And while it’s brimming with layers, Israel coaxes its hectic energy into a coherent track that’s both party-ready and tinged with a slightly sinister edge. Our thanks to Alex Israel for making this one available for free.

Alex Israel, “Spite Donkey Scolding Leech”

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kuri  on April 27, 2012 at 10:25 AM

Alex bringing the heat! Watch out for him, he’s going to catch fire this year…

Dimitry  on June 5, 2012 at 10:05 PM

Alex Israel, best music.

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