NYC singer Amy Douglas makes her official DFA debut with “Never Saw It Coming,” a limited release 12” single co-written and produced by Tim Wagner of 33Hz, with two remixes by Sheffield artist Crooked Man. Buy the record here.
With a five-octave range and a diverse background in performance, ranging from rock to soul to jazz, Douglas’ voice is the heart of the song, lending heightened drama to the steady mechanical funk of Wagner’s production. The two remixes by DFA artist Crooked Man let the track grow and build slowly with longer, lush arrangements, while his hypnotic dub doubles down on the woozy bassline and has Amy’s vocals echoing out into the ether.
Though this is Douglas’ first release on the label, she is no stranger to the DFA roster. She is the voice behind “Happiness,” the epic closing track on Crooked Man’s self-titled 2016 LP, and also appears on the forthcoming Crooked Man album, due out on DFA this fall. Amy also works with Juan Maclean as one half of Peach Melba, who have released singles on both DFA and Defected / Classic. Crooked Man’s signature maximalist house sound has always been complemented by the support of strong female vocalists, and together the pair take each other’s work to a new level for an impressive collaboration. Rumor has it they’re currently working on more tracks together…
Lots of artists these days aim to ‘reimagine’ the sounds of disco, house, and soul, but Amy Douglas and Crooked Man are creating something all their own that pulls from the best of times past, while also looking decidedly forward.
Out now on DFA Records.
Crooked Man comes back around with their second release of 2017. The Happiness EP contains three alternate versions of this epic album track closer. Extended dance floor edits & bleeped out glitchy funk. Three new takes on one instant-classic song.
Earlier this year Crooked Man released the Remix EP Volume 1, which contained reworks from Whatever / Whatever, Juan Maclean and Barker & Baumecker.
Coming soon is the Remixes Volume 2 featuring versions from Tee Mango, Luke Solomon & Lovefingers. There is also a four part 30-minute new track on the way, entitled “Echo Loves Narcissus.”
Crooked Man’s debut album was one of the landmark releases for DFA in 2016. Crooked Man is Richard Barratt of Sheffield England, one half of Bleep music pioneers Sweet Exorcist (Warp Records).
This remix collection is Volume 1 in a series of forthcoming collections that revisit key tracks from the LP, reinventing them into headier dance floor explorations, without abandoning the undeniable pop hooks that set this whole release apart from your typical full length dance LP.
Whatever/Whatever remixing “I’ll Be Loving You”. Whatever/Whatever are a remix duo that includes famed DJ and musician Justin Strauss.
Juan Maclean remixing epic album closer “Happiness”. The vocals for “Happiness” were actually sung by Amy Douglas, also the singer in Peach Melba with Juan Maclean. So this remix brings the everything full circle in a tidy way.
Barker & Baumecker remixing “Fools & Fanatics”. This duo are recognized musical leaders in the Berlin techno scene originating out of the world of Ostgut Ton Records and the Berghain club. 2016 saw them releasing their epic 2nd LP entitled Turns.
Remixes forthcoming for Volume 2 include Tee Mango, Luke Solomon & Lovefingers.
Crooked Man is currently hard at work on the follow up album, due out in 2017 on DFA Records.
Crooked Man aka Richard Barratt (Sweet Exorcist, Warp) second EP for DFA Records is a full release for ‘Preset / Scum’, originally released on the Crooked Man label as a limited edition 12″.
“The song ‘Preset’ got started when we were flicking through sounds in an old soft synth. We were actually searching for something completely different, but this preset rhythm suddenly came out and inspired a new song. The lyric gently mocks religion and notions of fate. The “it’s my destiny” bollocks so often spouted on tv talent shows, the thanks to God on the back of a record sleeve. ‘Scum’ was written in the aftermath of the 2007 financial crash, and actually deals with a similar thing to Preset. Where v.rich people decide they must have more merit than people who’ve got less money. Meritocracy in action, the self-creation of a 21st century gentry.” – Richard Barratt aka Crooked Man.