House music is all too easily seen as simply music for dancing. And with too much of today’s electro house, mindless music at that. But at its best it should do more. It should take you on a trip, take you to a difference state, a different place. Gary Todd’s Anniversary Track is a wondrous example of this. Nigh on thirteen minutes of blessed out altered states. A tune in which a second isn’t wasted. The normal two minute clip simply isn’t enough to understand how good this is, so it’s very generous of BPitch Control to provide a stream of the whole thing.
Anniversary Track is taken from Todd’s Time Goes On EP, which is out now. The tune is an extended version of an existing track. But this version is on a higher plane. It is unafraid to gradually develop its case to occupy your mind. The opening is deceptively unassuming but oh so gradually lifts your soul to a higher plane. There’s an almost early 90s Weatherall-esque feel to the grooving through repetition and gradual change. The slightly druggy, spun out feelings it engenders. Marvellous.
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Blurb: “Club music that makes you wanna dance” – Garry Todd’s description of his art is as simple as that. And he’s right: it doesn’t mess about, it goes straight for your motor controls, and it’s really making waves on the club scene. We could also add that it’s in the house domain, it doesn’t cater to any clichés, and it has a certain twist that points to a natural-born talent. But who is this Garry Todd? He has a label, called Contemporary Scarecrow. It serves as his platform for both music and fashion. As a teenager he danced to sets from Masters At Work. Six years ago, having caught the house and techno bug and feeling the longing for an endless summer, he began a nomadic existence between Australia, Ibiza and his home in the UK. Making notable strides down under, he became a central figure as a DJ, producer and promoter in the nascent club scene in and around Sydney. In his own productions he delicately and subtly explores the house genre. His recent debut album “Nora Lilian” is just bursting with unique ideas – prepared on the TR-909, a Roland Juno-60 synth and supported with vocals from a few friends.
“Time Goes On” marks the first EP release from the album. The title track dances around the enchantingly presented voice of Nat Page and uses stirring claps and a frenzied synth line to bring it to the clubs – the true destination of this magic number. With “Go Green” – a track not included on the album – the globetrotter serves up charming froggy basslines and rasping acid hi-hats that ultimately lead to an ethereal, beatless synth texture. The EP then gets a special ingredient – a whole side of the vinyl is allocated to one of the stand-out cuts from the album, “Anniversary Track”, which Garry Todd extends to 13 minutes of epic, psychedelic deepness, without leaving any of the suspense behind. “I am doing something I love, and that I am grateful for,” he says of his work. This gratitude and love can be felt in every beat, every chord, every melody. And he can be sure that it’s reciprocated – deeply and sincerely!