Last month, Dummy Mag’s Adam Harper wrote an extensive piece outlining what he calls the “neon” sound of the UK, demonstrated by labels like LuckyMe, Keysound and Numbers and characterized by bright synth work, loads of syncopation and a generally progressive spirit. Harper also touches on Bristol-based label Donky Pitch, which plays house for a globally focused cadre of talented producers, ranging from London’s ARP 101 to Seattle’s based kingpin Keyboard Kid. This month, the label reached the rather momentous 10 release landmark and are celebrating with a free compilation cleverly titled We Didn’t Think We’d Make It This Far Vol. 1. If you’re a Donky Pitch fanboy (like ourselves), you’ll recognize a good deal of already released material (10 tracks in all) that has come to epitomize the DP sound. There are also eight unreleased songs available including Ghost Mutt’s hyper rework of that one Kendrick Lamar song with the awful video filmed in a field “Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe”. If Donky Pitch is a new entity for your ear holes, We Didn’t Think We’d Make It This Far Vol. 1 is a perfect introduction and if you’re already in the know’s know, well, show some damn support anyways.
In two weeks (April 22), Rhode Island-based producer The Range will release his second EP, Seneca, on Donkey Pitch, a tape that’s been on our calendars since it was announced. While we love The Range’s glittery take on footwork, the remix package is what really caught our eye. Howse and Supreme Cuts have reworked Seneca cuts and yesterday, we were lucky enough to get Astro Nautico don and recent LuckyMe signee Obey City’s take on The Range’s “PS 3”. The original is fine and all, but it’s a little too benign for my taste and it just needed that extra oomph to take it to the next level. The percussion is just that much more visceral on the Brooklyn-resident’s take, allowing The Range’s original strings and vocal cuts to occupy the open space in between drum hits. Stream below and head to XLR8R for a free download.