George Fitzgerald once again dips into his ‘House Loops Folder’ this time giving us the immortal words ‘Baby’ on his next single ‘Thinking Of You’. Following on from his Aus Music ‘Child’ smash and his recent ‘Every Inch / Needs You‘ single on Hypercolour Fitzgerald once again shows why he is one to watch for 2013. For those of you who are regular readers of BBB will know we have been championing the Fitz sound since early 2011, and its really interesting to see an artist who has focused more on legacy than hype. George Fitzgerald is one of those artists who will be the Sasha or Digweed of the current generation, if you dont believe us check his recent Essential Mix and his back catalogue.
George FitzGerald – Thinking Of You (Hotflush Recordings) Drops March 18th
When a set ends with Madonna ‘Vogue’, you know people had a good time….. (Boiler Room 21st Feb 2013). As DJs and Promoters ourselves the mark of a truly great set normally results in something being played that in the cold light of day you would normally think, “I cant get away with that”, however when the crowd are feeding off your every move there comes that realisation that the guilty pleasure you’ve always secretly wanted to play could actually become a reality. We heard it from Shinichi Osawa in 2009 when he dropped ‘Dancing Queen’, on paper horrific, in the moment couldnt of picked a better record, in Oct 2011 we had Orbison and Bashmore playing and the last half hour descended into them trying to out wit each other with the best 90′s R&B record, and even for us we’ve had parties rocking to UB40 – Red Red Wine and The Who – Baba O’Reilly. Guilty pleasures aside Scuba and George Fitzgerald are two DJs /Producers who were made to play back to back, a few wooly mixes but this is live, enjoy…..
Alternative Link – Boiler Room: Scuba b2b George Fitzgerald
01. Laszlo Dancehall – Gave Up.
02. Dusky – Nobody Else.
03. George FitzGerald – Thinking Of You.
04. Odd Parents – Fame (Catz n Dogz & Martin Dawson Friday Fever Remix).
05. House Master Boyz – House Nation.
06. Scuba – Hardbody (SCB Edit).
07. Close ft Scuba – Beam Me Up (George FitzGerald remix).
08. The eSs Project – The Airplane Track.
09. George FitzGerald – Nighttide Lover.
10. Len Faki – BTX1.
11. Laszlo Dancehall – Ain’t No Time.
12. Jimmy Edgar – Sex Drive (Scuba’s Dub Of Doom)
13. Mike Dunn – God Made Me Phunky.
14. Andre Winter – Blackmail.
15. Trikk – Basement Traxx.
16. Prince Club – Love Strong.
17. Xxxy – Larry.
18. Four Tet – For These Times.
19. George FitzGerald – I Can Tell (By The Way You Move).
20. Recondite – DRGN2.
21. Petter – Some Polyphony.
22. Scuba – Vogue.
Last week Radio 1 featured Duke Dumont in their ‘Future Stars of 2013′ series. This week it is the turn of the nailed on pick for future star of 2013 and beyond. Not only is George Fitzgerald an extremely talented producer, combining dance floor weight with headphone melody and depth, he is a sublime selector.
Having admired his sounds since Hearts on his own ‘Man Make Music’ label we have played everything he has put out since. Fitzgerald like many new UK producers made his first foray’s into the wider world via the UK Bass scene and unlike some of his contemporaries he has not quite enjoyed the same level of hype and success, however we can safely tell you that he is a Future Star, we even featured him in our ‘Electronic Artist of the Week Series‘ back in November 2011. If Fitzgerald is a new name to you, check his records Hearts, Shackled, Feel Like, Lights Out, Needs You, Every Inch.
George has made this mix represent where he is at as an artist at this moment in time. Dropping unreleased material from himself and his contemporaries, such as Scuba, Huxley, Midland and Bicep and weaving it all into a textbook builder, reminding us of those early Northern Exposure mixes by Sasha & Digweed. Quality stuff
Once again thanks to Pete Tong and Radio 1 for this Mix.
Essential Mix – George Fitzgerald
01. 69 – Desire [R&S Records]
02. The Raw Interpreter – Dub Surrender [Warm Sounds]
03. Medlar – Knockard Pearl (Detroit Swindle Remix) [Wolf]
04. Laszlo Dancehall – Gave Up [Man Make Music]
05. Citizen – So Submissive [Mad Tech]
06. Portable – A Deeper Love (Soul Capsule’s Ghetto Mix) [Perlon]
07. George Fitzgerald – Thinking Of You [Hotflush]
08. Huxley – Bellywedge [Hypercolour]
09. Bicep – Mixxmaster 88 [Wolf]
10. Scuba – Too Strong [White]
11. Midland – Trace [Aus]
12. U – I [Man Make Music]
13. Locked Groove – Waves [White]
14. Traumprinz – Changes [Traumprinz]
15. Jichael Mackson – Blender (Cologne Edit) [Pastamusik]
16. Hound Scales – Case (Nabis) [Fifth Wall]
17. Trikk – Basement Traxx (Lando Kal Remix) [Man Make Music]
18. Close feat. Scuba – Beam Me Up (George FitzGerald Remix) [K7]
19. Âme – Shiro [Sonar Kollektiv]
20. Mr G – Guidance (T2 Edit) [Holic Trax]
21. Fet Et Moi – Paris Is For Lovers [White]
22. Shelter Point – Braille [Hotflush]
23. Moonstarr – C-Minus Particles [Public Transit Recordings]
24. Dead Rose Music Company – Faith [Let's Play House]
25. Trevino – DolDrums [Klockworks]
26. EQD – #005 B [Equalized]
27. George Fitzgerald Child (NY Stomp Remix) [Aus]
28. Magic Mountain High – Untitled [Workshop]
29. George Fitzgerald – Every Inch (Deetron Remix) [Hypercolour]
30. Scuba – On A Sex Drive [White]
31. Jessie Ware – No To Love (George FitzGerald) [PMR]
32. George Fitzgerald – I Can Tell (By The Way You Move) [Hotflush]
George Fitzgerald keeps the quality coming on his latest EP for Hypercolour. The ‘Needs You’ EP features two originals and a remix from Deetron, who’s Essential mix we recently featured on BBB.
Title track ‘Needs You’ is undoubtedly the star of the show, opening with a plaintive riff and vocal touches that could have been sampled from an asthmatic porn star. The seemingly innocuous drop into a bounding portamento bass line masks the flexing of Fitzgerald’s considerable dance floor muscle. On anything less than a full soundsystem the meandering chords and lazy vocal will be enough to disguise the power this track has lurking beneath the surface. Hearing this in a club should be an absolute priority.
‘Every Inch’ employs the opposite tactic by using offset claps and a cantering rhythm to give pace and urgency in place of brawn. Burst tubes of saturated chords provide a lush backdrop for the ever popular, although particularly well chosen, RnB vocal.
Deetron’s take on ‘Every Inch’ teases the vocal over a shuffling drum pattern before easing into a techno roller. Dark, syrupy spoonfuls of bass devour the low end and ribbons of acidic treble flutter over the top while Deetron threads the original’s vocal and chords in between.
The ‘Needs You’ EP is yet another success from the ample pairing of George Fitzgerald and Hypercolour. Fitzgerald has produced a track that’ll slot nicely amongst many a DJ’s set whilst also offering something that’ll stand out from the increasingly busy house crowd.
George Fitzgerald – Needs You EP (Hypercolour) OUT NOW