Aptly described as “a pair of European weirdos looking for life and love between keyboard’s keys and automated faders“, the fascinating vintage talents of Jean Vanesse and Thomas Sohet, (AKA Spirit Catcher), have striven to revitalize the long forgotten era of Funk music with a cunning edge in exploratory dance elements. While these two stellar heroes have been quiet for some time now, their high profile skills have already graced the halls of Above & Beyond‘s Anjunadeep sub-label with their single of Miss U Right Now with the soulful lyrics of 72 Soul. When Electronic Music first arrived to many new artists and producers, it was meant to symbolize the coming of a new era in music; an era in which only the boldest and sleekest music would be further examined with a fine tooth comb, as the possibilities for musical output were then near limitless. However, after many years of dedicated craftsmanship and unique, innovative means of thinking, many artists are now taking cues from styles of the past to not only refresh a long forgotten sound, but to create an almost entirely new genre of music altogether. Spirit Catcher is the true embodiment of a risky experiment where a once established sound has organically grown into an entirely new entity and identity of music altogether and the suspenseful clash between past, present and future is laid bare throughout the pinnacle of human musical achievement. With that being said, we now look further into their discography for a truly inspiring remix to Joey Negro pres. Akabu‘s single, The Phuture Ain’t What It Used To Be, off of his debut album.
The Original Mix was steeply entrenched within the deeper side of the EDM Spectrum, and while the original has enough clout to hold up on its own as a solid, reputable single, the phenomenal remix of Spirit Catcher manages to combine both Deep House, Nu Disco and a slew of other styles in a genre I can only accurately describe as Future Funk. Everything about this track embodies the title of the track perfectly and its decadent, forward thinking sound design does its best at delivering the most innovative sound ideas and melodies onto the table. Additionally, every musical element from the arrangement, to the melodies, to the incredibly rich vocals, all contain that hidden aura of futurism that defines this track as a step up from the competition. However, there are plenty of obvious 70’s musical traits that are peppered throughout the track including groovy guitar riffs, retro synth warbles and the entire ‘mono’-esque feel of the breakdown makes it also sound like we are listening to a worn in vinyl record that has seen plenty of airtime from many repeated listens. But even more prevelant than the fantastic combination of objectively opposite ends of musical atmospheres is the personal craftsmanship that Spirit Catcher has imbued within their stellar remix. It is clearly apparent just how much time and care went into this rework and their relentless obsession for establishing hidden details that force you to listen again and again to catch the entire tale that they are weaving is a rare ability that is quickly becoming lost to many producers who only curate their sounds for the mainstage with no sense of creativity or savvy whatsoever.
Spirit Catcher‘s amazing remix to Akabu‘s The Phuture Ain’t What It Used To Be is out now on Z Records, so make sure you purchase a copy and support real talent!
Keep the music alive. -Q
On Sunrise Sessions, we find tracks that best exemplifies the chilled, low energy vibes of early Sundays to start your day off on the right foot. We want to show you what many are missing and help you discover an entire ecosystem of music that’s waiting to be explored. Not to be held down by genres, we look into music in a variety of styles, including Progressive, Deep House, Ambient and even tracks that aren’t a part of EDM! Every week, we unfold a wide variety of artists ranging from established, well known names to producers who purely reside in the underground.