Brand new label Contemporary Scarecrow launches this January with a double pack vinyl EP from Chicago house veteran Boo Williams, entitled ‘Back To The Future / Looney Chunes Vol.1′.
Contemporary Scarecrow is an Australian based fashion and record company bringing you intriguing clothing and music. Here the label’s inaugural release kicks things off in style with four fresh cuts from Boo Williams and three tracks from the past repressed for the package and accompanied by full colour sleeves. Boo Williams was propelled into the underground house and techno scene through long time ally Glenn Underground who introduced Williams to music production back in the late 90′s, Boo has since gone on to record for reputable imprint such as Josh Wink’s Ovum, Rush Hour and Cajmere’s Releif.
The release opens with ‘Further Teck’ a rugged analogue workout employing a weighty kick, shuffling hats and airy ethereal pads, a walking bass lick hook smoothly bubbles away in the background as Williams brings the melodic elements to the forefront with intricate progressive advancements in the groove, displaying his ability to craft deep, melodic house brilliantly. Following on is ‘Total Wreck’, embracing crunchy 909 drums and a heady arpeggiated bass groove, the track takes on the form of peak time raw house. Boo delicately introduces swirling synth lines, synthesized horns and smooth Rhodes to create a pulsating house track with an ever-evolving dynamic. On the flip side we have ‘Joy Ride’, a trippy electronica style track built around off kilter broken drums, warbling synth blips and warm bell chime tones. Williams once again displays his musical abilities radiantly here, blending a fusion of elements and a busy structure to meander around each other yet maintain unity throughout. ‘Joy Ride Beats’ follows and as the name suggests provides you with the raw shuffling rhythm from the preceding cut.
To close the release Boo offers up thee previously released tracks, starting wih ‘Real Tekno’, a dubbed out house cut featuring a hooky synth line and strident, crunchy percussion. The track slowly evolves for around three and a half minutes before stripping back the elements and introducing resonant, tweaky 303 synth flourishes to tail out the track. ‘Tickle Me’ follows, previously release by Boo under his Mandrake guise, the record is a smooth slice of deep melodic house driven by lush strings, jangling ride cymbals and a gritty electronic bass. Simplicity is key here with subtle additions being eased in and retracted every thirty-two bars in true house fashion.
To close the release Williams offers up the near thirteen minute epic ‘Big Fat Woman 2000′ a punchy filter house track that displays an intelligent use of samples, guitar licks, brass hooks and smooth piano chords make up the track alongside weight drums. Baroque key and structure changes are introduced throughout the cut keeping things captivating throughout.
This is an outstanding debut from Contemporary Scarecrow and a clear-cut sign of what’s to come from this promising Australian company.