Even those of you living in a cave for the last couple of years have heard of Azari & III, the celebrated production duo from Toronto. Best known as their founding member, Alphonse Alixander Lanza III is an old timer, with his earliest productions dating back to the raving 90’s.

 

On GTCM08, Alixander III flies solo and delivers a superb EP that showcases his darker, edgier side. With three original tracks each more harrowing than the last, III expands and enhances the GTCM signature sound. This is an EP for discerning DJs who refuse to fall for the clichés of mainstream dance music and who have the confidence to unleash such powerful tracks on the dance floor.

A1 – Dichtschlamm – We’ve been told Dichtschlamm roughly translates in English as ‘rough sludge’. There’s no wonder Alixander III christened it so because this is a thick, viscous track. The starting point is a low-end groove woven with futuristic textures and an undeniably sombre vibe. Apparitions from 8bit and acid sound bytes feed off each other for maximum dancefloor torment. From the acid lead, to the twisted synths, pitch-envelope stabs, sleek filter sweeps and that most funky of 808 cowbells, there’s a lot going on here, but thanks to ingenious arranging this is a track that never feels overloaded or boring. With the apparition of each new element, you know the crowd willl become even more amped. Think Fritz Lang’s Metropolis filled with Kraftwerk robots that turn to brain-hungry zombies.

A2 – Belebtschlamm – Want even more groove than what A1? Well, « Belebtschlamm » stands for ‘activated’ sludge. With a bouncy, circular groove, martial percussion and congas as you’ve never heard before, there is a faint whiff of EBM as it interacts perfectly with jackin’ cymbals and snare programming.

With some wild synthetic freakiness we have a track that will not only creep’ em out, but also see them pulling some pretty serious moves.

B1 – Schlick – From the first few bars of « Schlick », you know that 303 and that 808 mean you’re embarking on an acid trip. But this unique track is far from your standard acid number. Schlick means ‘slit’, and starting with a hypnotic build-up, it’s all about layers of dripping 303 and 808 sounds. Just wait for that 808 kick with its barely legal sub-bass to blow the floor away. This is not acid house, but rather ‘noise acid’ closer to No Fun Acid than DJ Pierre Pfantasy Club. As far as tools go, this one needs to be handled with care, as it will bring utter devastation.

B2 – Dichtschlamm (Hold Youth aka Seuil & Le Loup Remix) – Hold Youth is a dream duo of sorts; it comprises two of Paris’ most revered house heads : Seuil and Le Loup. We are proud to release their first ever collaboration, which makes for an extra special remix, where sharp percussion contrasts with a remarkable sense of deepness. It’s slow, deep but definitely groovy and sexy as fuck. In other words, nothing short of amazing. Watch out for this one afterhours, it’s bound to cause quite a stir.

04 – Alixander III – Dichtschlamm (Hold Youth aka Seuil & Le Loup) sample by getthecurse

 

Belebtschlamm (Sishi Rosch remix) – Sishi is a brilliant newcomer from Barcelona, and the protégé of GTC artists Darabi, re-interprets « Belebtschlamm » with vintage sound design. With a catchy bass line, beautiful chords, reduced drum programming (not without old school toms, mind you), vocal hooks and chosen freak nuggets from the original. This is a track that sounds like a forgotten tune from a time before house.

 

What They Said…

ibiza voice (8,5/10 ) http://www.ibiza-voice.com/story/news/3615

Clash – (DJ Disasters) – http://www.clashmusic.com/feature/dj-disasters-alixander-iii

XLR8R – http://www.xlr8r.com/news/2011/11/alixander-iii-announces-debut-so

Raveline – http://www.raveline.de/news/alixander-iii-von-azari-iii-gibt-sein-schlamm-debut/

DataTransmission – http://datatransmission.co.uk/ViewNews/7703/

& more..

http://bateestaca.virgula.uol.com.br/2011/11/04/alixander-do-azari-iii-solta-disco-solo/

http://www.beatsandbeyond.com/News/alixander-iii-to-release-solo-ep.html

http://www.beatsandbeyond.com/EP-Reviews/alixander-iii-schlamm-ep.html

http://www.sssend.com/posts/clashmusic-features-2011-nov-16-dj-disasters-alixander-iii

http://www.clubbingspain.com/mp3/2011/alixander-iii-schlamm-ep.html

http://www.electronicbeats.net/music/news/azari-iiis-alixander-iii-releasing-solo-ep?utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=twitterfeed

http://magneticmag.com/2011/11/azari-iiis-alixander-iii-goes-dark-and-dirty-on-his-solo-debut/

http://wdpk837fm.com/2011/11/16/alixander-iii/

 

Sian – « Bang! Yet another super ep from Get The Curse! Hold Youth mix maybe the fav. »

Funk D’Void – « Love this!! WIll play everywhere and all the time! Serious FUNK on this EP! »

Diesel – (X-Press 2) – « Really like this Sishi Rosch mix of Belebtchlamm! Will be playing this! »

Carlo Lio – « Dichtschlamm original is really dope.. took me on a lil trip… also really love The Hold Youth mix.. full support. »

Bushwacka! – « Definite support from me on this. Interesting sounds. Cant wait to hear loud! Belebtschlamm my fav. »

Oliverho – (Raudive) – « Schlick is amazing!! I love it, super brain melt music. Cant wait to play this! »

Joe – (Hot Chip) – « Into the whole EP!! J Dichtschlamm very much!”

Michel de Hey – « The Hold Youth is the one 4 me, solid slow groove, love it! »

Teki Latex – “Thanx for this!! Nice Aaliyah sampler… we love it! Hold Youth remix!”

Club Madnezz Radio Holland – « Wicked techno!!! »

Corin Arnold – (Music Editor BLN.FM) – “Nice to get a release that isnt deep house or minimal or Drumcode techno J they’re all good but different is also good. »

Diversions – (CHRY 105.5FM Toronto, Canada) – « Fantastic numbers – love the originality and cutting edge spirit exemplified on these tracks! »

Ceoltronic Radio – (RTE Pulse Dublin) – « Nice one!! Belebtschlamm is pretty cool. Will feature on Ceoltronic Radio. thanks. »

Philip Sherburne – (beatportal) – « Good stuff here, shades of old Kompakt and older Chicago. « Dichtschlamm » and « Slick » are my faves. »

Joe – (DJ Magazine) – « Sishi Rosch strikes the perfect balance between gothic noir and slinky sexiness, the sonic euqivalent of a little black dress. »

Pablo D – (klubbers.com) – « Like Dichtschlamm for a radio show. »

Gerome – (Tsugi magazine) – « Nice remix from Seuil & Le Loup. »

Paul Woolford – « The first half of ‘Dichtschlamm’ is KILLER. May do an edit with this, thank you for sending. »

Krikor – « Yum Yum, this is a delicious release! Belebtschlamm is the pick for me. »

Mr. G – « Love the sound of this ep………… So fresh. Hold Youth win the day. »

Troy Pierce – « Really cool stuff as always form Get The Curse Music. I’ll be playing! »

Matt Walsh – « Wow, GTC gets better and better!!! Raw underground house music from Alixander, KILLER! »

Delete – « The twisted remix by Hold Youth REALLY nice! Will play! »

Mugwump – « Dichtschlamm original and that Sishi Rosch rejig are mega… totally and supremely MEGA!! »

The Hacker – « This is such a great ep! LOVE it! Schlick the pick. »

Varoslav – « Some quality music for GTC again! The label goes up and up… Hold Youth! in da house!! Full support. »

DJ Hell – « Dichtschlamm is very very nice… I will play it!! »

Brodinski – « Super EP! The names of the trax are seriously amazing too! Love all the EP, super good vibes! Congrats! »

Master-H – « Very good release here, really like Schilck, Hold Youth Dichtshlamm and Belebtchlamm Sichi Rosh rmx…Full support from me..Dope release! »

Orde – (Slam) – « This is a strong release from Alixander – will spin Dichtschlamm this weekend! »

Laurent Garnier – « Very good ep again from Get The Curse! Really like this a lot, will play these for sure. »

Wiebe – (The Subs) – « Schlick is so SLICK! J »

Nuno dos Santos (Trouw) – « Schlick is crazy!! Will also be trying the Hold Youth remix. Nice one! »

Stephan Bodzin – « Schlick is sick… really SICK!! »

Lee Curtiss – « Really good release! Hold Youth remix is GREAT! »

Remain – « This is a very nice EP from Alixander and the Sishi Rosch mix is excellent! Thank you! »

Arnaud Le Texier « Dichtschlamm original has a real weird atmosphere and I like that J Remix from Seuil & Le Loup top class! »

Strip Steve – « 100% up my alley!! The sound is fantastic! Special mention to Belebtschlamm & Schlick. »

Deetron – « The original of Dichtschlamm is amazing! Love the bassline and bleeps. »

Erol Alkan – « Schlick is the biggy for me. Great hair as well! J »

Marcin Czubala« The Hold Youth Remix is a great record!! 10/10 from Poland! »

Scan Mode – (DJ Magazine Spain) – « Really nice tracks guys! »

Groove Magazine Germany – « Review in our January issue. »

Little Mike – (Beatport) – « Absolutely love this EP. I wish more people were making interesting dance music like this. haha. Hard to pick a track – my favorites being Dichtschlamm & Schlick (great tool) – but will give the EP a few more listens through. NICE ONE! »

Clément – (TRAX) – « Listen to this one a few days ago and it directly caught me. One more great piece from GTC. Will be reviewed for December issue. »

Ibiza-voice.com – « To be reviewed. »

Raphael Dincsoy (Partysan / Stuttgart) – « Sick J but nice … i guess i have to try Schlick and Belebtschlamm. »

Soundwall.it – « Dichtschlamm is nice!! »

De:Bug Magazine Germany – « Considering for review. »

Sergio B – (deejay.es) – « Great tune!! Sounds fresh!! Nice nu-house. »

Tsugi Magazine France – « Cooool ep. »
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