As summer quickly approaches, we could all use a fresh dose of beach friendly disco jams, and our recent Swiss friend, Show Your Shoe, has delivered exactly that. Last week, 20 year old Swiss producer Nico Mueller released his freshman EP, Technik City, on Teenage Gang Records. The EP is pretty rad on the whole, and definitely worth checking out. Within the 4 originals + two remixes of the track ‘Technik City – Jet Skiing’, there is loads of quirky, funked and chilled out nu-disco. Good, happy music for driving, sunbathing, or just going for a stroll. I’ve always loved the idea of slowed down disco music… it’s like you take that hectic party that is often associated with disco, and slow it way down for a more mellow, friendly party. Heaps of slow-mo disco vibes on Technik City.
My favorite songs off the EP are probably ‘Pandi’ and ‘Technik City – Arrival’, the latter of which can be found below. There are so many crazy ass sounds in ‘Arrival’, I have a hard time focusing on any one in particular. Paired up with that funky bass line and a little four-to-the-floor action, this track has a lot of energy for what is, in many ways, a really chill song. It’s fast and up-tempo, yet I feel like I’m in a calm, faraway land in the future when it’s playing.
This song is just really fun for me… puts a big smile on my face, inspires optimism, and is a great start to any day. No lyrics to get hung up on, just a solid jam throughout with ups and downs, dramatic breaks and surprising transitions. Just try to only play this track once, I dare you.
Nico’s decription of the song? – “Well, there’s a little girl that comes to Technik City, spends a little time there and then can’t return home because her family leaves in their spaceship without her, taking a lookalike robot with them. That’s what i was thinking.” I suppose that’s not a terribly happy story, but oh well… it works for me.
This next song I’ve really wanted to post for a while now. Show Your Shoe’s first remix happened to be for Futurcop! & Keenhouse’s single ‘Dreams’, which was actually a Binary release… and arguably the most outstanding of those remixes. It’s so incredibly funky, with a point at around 3 minutes where he actually transitions from lasers into seagull sounds!! That’s one of the best moments in a song for me in 2011. The piano adds a real nice touch to the original too. One of my favorite remixes in recent memory, and a great way for SYS to preview his bright future.
Up is the only way
You can, and should, pick Technik City up over here on his label’s bandcamp to support the music and the dude. You can also get the rest of the ‘Dreams’ remixes + buy the original over on the Binary soundcloud page.
Finally, and just for the record, I love the name Show Your Shoe. Incites a bunch of fun dance imagery in my head, and just feels perfect for his style of music.