Release Date: 21st November
Hard Ton, Italy's extravagant duo of all things house music are back on Luv Shack Records, unleashing six steaming hot tracks on the "Queer Nation EP" - a precursor to the first full Hard Ton album that is due for 2017.
"Queer Nation" has singer Max swapping his falsetto with a dark mangled voice, reciting names of queer icons over a dry acid house track that rejoices in repetition, and rightly so.
Classic Music head honcho Luke Solomon's remix of "Queer Nation" builds up an intense 707 drum pattern, underlining rhythm guitars and Max's voice, ending in a bold acid climax.
Italian newcomers Younger Than Me also take on "Queer Nation", marrying an early 80's wave touch with a classic house approach.
When Hard Ton pair up with ROTCIV, "Style Galore" awaits us. The cut up hushed vocals are thrown into a lush melange of filtered pad shots, Juno basslines, glimpses of 303 and a percussive house groove.
"Yeah Yeah" featuring Moralez & Sames is an ode to early Detroit and Chicago house, with Max singing vigorously, syncopated hihats swirling and stabs nodding towards lil Louis.
The final track is a LeSale disco dub of "The Way You Rock feat. Mirror People". LeSale strips the original drums completely, rearranging the vox, piano and synths to fit his disco workout edit style, adding a cheeky synth bassline to complete the boogie redress.
a1. Queer Nation
a2. Queer Nation (Luke Solomon Remix)
a3. Queer Nation (Younger Than Me Remix)
b1. Style Ga-Galore ft. ROTCIV
b2. Yeah Yeah Ft. Moralez & Sames
b3. The Way Your Rock Ft. Mirror People (LeSale Disco Dub)