New Day

by Nathan Drew Larsen

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‘New Day’ is Nathan Drew Larsen’s fifth collection of original music for Fresh Meat. As a Chicago native, Nathan’s music has always been influenced by the city’s house tradition. In this latest installment, Nathan’s emotional connection to Chicago is sublimely complicated by his creative nature and post-house approach. The three songs featured here have no real contemporary equivalent. Rejecting minimalist fashion and nostalgic sycophants, each track on ‘New Day’ brims with playful melodies, meticulous chord progressions, unusual arrangements, and fuzzy psychedelica.

Esoteric instruments and processes are Nathan’s raison d’être, but that does not stop ‘Lambdalette,’ the EP’s opener, from killing the club! On this groovy cut, a subsonic FM bass line and cracking RM-50 drums keep the momentum, while roaring analog synths and musical tape echoes swirl and wash over the rhythm and bass.

The EP’s namesake ‘New Day in a New Home’ is a proto-futuristic track that is light on its feet. Wet leads weave and modulate while a Polaris bass line bounces, crisp snares snap frantically and an upfront angular melody repeats like Laid Back riffs of yesteryear gone off planet. The edit here is by Fresh Meat’s in house utilitarian Mazi (Audio Soul Project), whose concise cut of the original sets-up the track perfectly for a dance mix.

Marking the start of a romance between a boy and his TX218, the angelic yet funky ‘Boys Choir’ rounds out Nathan’s new EP. Mid ranged drums bang and crackle holding together a choral of sweet children’s voices, unearthly pianos, delayed pads and insistent bass jabs – not to mention FM rays, shooting stars and solar winds.

*The original version of ‘New Day in a New Home’ will be released in ’09 on the full length Fresh Meat album ‘When Bad People Cook Good Food.’

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released December 19, 2008

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Fresh Meat Records Chicago, Illinois

Fresh Meat Records is home to producers influenced by the “other side” of Chicago House. Fresh Meat has recently released several vinyl and digital projects featuring music by Derrick Carter, Mike Huckaby, Audio Soul Project, MANIK, DJ Jes, and Studio Nova. ... more

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