Split SecsReact Feat. Alona
“React” is Split Secs’ first record of 2015 and the year’s first release from the LA duo’s Machine Limited imprint. Composed of Alexandre Mouracade a.k.a SONNS and Travis Kirschbaum (TK DISKO), Split Secs has put out material on labels such as Throne Of Blood, Kompakt, and Jolly Jams. They’ve also crafted remixes for Mark E’s Merc label, BPitch Control, Remain, Waze & Odyssey, Future Classic, Pacific Horizons, Clouded Vision, On The Prowl.. etc. “React” further confirms Split Secs’ capabilities in creating all things tough & funky. As usual, Alex and Travis walk a fine line towards the light, but veer dangerously and deliciously into thee dark. The original mix of “React” is deep house in the classic sense of the genre; a pulsing bassline, which Marshall Jefferson would be proud of, conspires with rolling drums, drifting atmospherics, a chant repeatedly intoning “react” and an ominous, but extremely sexy, spoken, Italian vocal courtesy of Alona — the sometime chanteuse for 40 Thieves, who carried out vocal duties on Machine Limited’s first release, “Slave,” also by Split Secs. The package comes with three remixes, two by Indonesian producer Jonathan Kusuma, whose “Gong 3000” EP appeared on Cosmo Vitelli’s I’m A Cliché label in 2014, and the other by Hardway Bros, aka Sean Johnston, Weatherall’s co-pilot in A Love From Outer Space. Kusuma’s first mix is a driving house track with a definite late ‘80s warehouse feel that brings early Tommy Musto to mind. The bassline is chunky and surrounded by intricate and highly danceable drum patterns that wheel and swerve under the vocals. The track builds aggressively with haunting strings and syndrum hits. It’s perfect for peak time play.