Some DJs wear their influences on T-shirts; others shout 'em out from the rooftops. Then there are the spinners who allow their influences to speak for themselves, in every loop, sample, edit, and beat. Not loudly, or blatantly, or garishly, mind you. But with a keen, cool discretion, so that it's not so much about "name that tune" as it is about "feel that thrill."
Such are the spinners known as Dark Party. It's a tag team, consisting of Eliot Lipp and Leo 123, who just happen to be two of the swiftest DJs now working the post-electro boogie circuit.
Lipp you probably know, because back in '04 he broke via Eastern Developments, a prestigious label launched by a coterie of players, including Scott Herrin (otherwise known as Prefuse 73). That first Lipp LP, S/T, led to a series of Hefty releases, among them '06's four-sided Steele Street Scraps, a one-off on Mush in '08 (The Outside).
Then came a consequent onslaught on Lipp's own Old Tacoma imprint, the first of which was the single "Beamrider," taken from Peace Love Weed 3D, the spin-pin's sixth longplayer in five quick years.
123 is no slouch either, and according to Dark Party's press sheet he's
"produced for MCs like Subtitle, and No Can Do, collaborated/remixed
with John Hughes, Vyle and STS9, while also releasing some of his own
productions on [both] Mush and Old Tacoma Records."
Dark Party that we're concerned with here, a collaboration so funky
fresh it'll have you doing a whole new electric boogaloo. The twosome
has already been credited with a noted list of remixes, for the likes
of Daedelus, Duopandamix, Labwaste, and Retina.IT.
And they've staged
alongside such luminaries as Gaslamp Killer, Skream, Edit and
Bassnectar. But it was with '08's Ghostly Swim contribution ("Active") that
the world truly began taking notice of the front-and-center side
project. And it is with that in mind that we await Dark Party's swing
Here, for you, is "Status", taken from Dark Party's upcoming Light Years. Listen in and consider yourself learned.
MP3: Dark Party - "Status"