We’re big fans of Rex The Dog around these parts. He’s like this nexus point of everything we hold dear; SynthPop, Disco, Electro, Italo, vintage drum machines and analog synths. There’s nothing glossy or overproduced about Rex’s music, this is the raw sound of electronic music. Groove leaden and intricate. Robotic drum machines ticking and undulating modular arpeggios.
Arpeggios that, these days, come from an increasing number of had-made modular components born of the time between 2013’s Do You Feel What Feel?, and Sicko from earlier this year, not being wasted. The more human side of the dup, Jake Williams, having spent 2014 and 2014 taking electronics classes to learn to build rack modules exactly how he wanted them.
Once on the way to building his new colossus Jake and Rex (the canine contingent part of Rex The Dog) returned to releasing, and returned to their original label Kompakt, to drop Sicko on us a few moths ago and are now following that up with another three tracks of organized electronic chaos in the form of the You Are a Blade EP.
The EP’s title track is an atmospheric slice of Sci-Fi Electro. You Are A Blade could easily soundtrack a dystopian future with its; gruelling Techno bassline and array of ethereal lead lines. Sweeping over an old School Electro beat, layers of analog warbling paint a neon soaked picture loaded with mystery and intrigue. But don’t worry, it’s a full on dancefloor beast too, and when it hits it’s peak around the seven minute mark you will be compelled to dance. Musik Hypnotises, the first of the flip-sides is an analog squelching excursion in nostalgic grooves. This is proper Electro, B-Boy style, with added 303-esque riffs. It brings to mind some of the darker Electro and Acid experiments of Juan Atkins. If you like Post-Kraftwerk robot beats and burbling Acid hook then this one is for you. Intoxicating and imposing. The EP completes itself with Iain Bank homage Wasp Factory whose spiky modular synth patterns complement the title perfectly. A powerhouse Techno track with unrelenting layers of intertwining hooks that was no doubt the result of Jake jamming with his modular set-up. You Are A Blade is one for the synth aficionados as well as those who love losing themselves in deep electronic soundscapes on the dancefloor.
Rex The Dog’s new single, Sicko, finally turned up on 12”. So we’re happy. The single is out now on Kompakt and should be a must listen for anyone who a fan of synthesizer music.
Rex and Jake have put together this awesome video for the track. Part music clip, part live studio performance and part demonstration of Jake’s DIY RTD-001 modular synth that Sicko is played on; it’s all synth porn.
Jake and Rex are back in the game and going home. Their new single sees Rex The Dog returning to their original home, German Techno label Kompakt. Easily one of the finest producers out there, Jake Williams and his four legged friend combines his love of 80s SynthPop with analog Disco grooves and twisted DIY Techno to create a sound unlike any other. This uniqueness will only be enhanced by Jake spending the last couple of years learning how to build synths. Sicko was composed on this home-made equipment, check it out.
Sicko is a spacious tune, but the stripped down elements it works with are used to their fullest to deliver a rich and full sound. Innovative arpeggiated rhythmic modulated voice sampling provides a unique and compelling core for the track; which then accessories with vintage Electro beats and Techno effects. This is the space that Rex works best in, taking eclectic instrumentation and turning into something effortlessly funky. Over it’s six minute length Sicko just keeps delivering the surprises, so dive on in. Fire up the strobes lights and raise the dog with laser eyes, Rex is back to wreck shop.
♫ Rex The Dog – Sicko
Rex The Dog’s Sicko is released 2nd March on Kompakt. Pre-order the 12” here, we have!
This is Bonn, Rex The Dog’s Record Store Day opus. Released on the auspicious day in a limited quantity of 300 12”s with hand etched sleeves, Bonn will (thankfully, for those who missed out) also see a digital release next month via Southern Fried Records. Rex really is the don when it comes to funky analog workouts and Bonn exemplifies this.
Bonn is a huge dancefloor monster. At times Poppy, at times Acidic, at times dirty Electro. During the course of it’s seven minute length it keeps quite a strong Minimal Synth feel, but applies these sensibilities to a dark dancefloor groove. A grinding, hypnotic, synthetic juggernaut that is relentless in delivering it’s mesmerising hooks. Also, sounds like it was a hell of a lot of fun to produce too, which is nice.
After what feels like an age waiting, the awesome Rex The Dog is back with a brand new single set to drop in May. Do You Feel What I Feel? features the vocals of Jamie McDermott and hard hitting slab of Italo goodness with a 80s SynthPop twist.
The video is directed by, and starring, performer and director Scottee, who soups up some start, striking visuals for the track.
Rex The Dog’s Do You Feel What I Feel? is released 6th May on Southern Fried with a preceding vinyl release limited to 300 pieces including a Tiger & Woods reMix and a new track, Bonn.
Rex The Dog Vs. RUFUS&Bambi – BREED Podcast 20 ‘RUFUS&Bambi And Rex The Dog BACK TO BACK’ = Get you robotic beats and machine Disco bleeps here. Rex’s BREED club night is back at the Dalston Superstore on the 3rd August. Here’s the latest BREED podcast, expect deep, deep synthetic grooves.
01. Jimmy Edgar – Too Shy
02. Skatebård – Vuelo
03. Paul Woolford Presents Bobby Peru – Erotic Discourse
04. Pantha Du Prince – Behind The Stars
05. Fat Bastian – Inhibitions
06. Jakeone – La Onda
07. Nude Photo 88 – Rhythm Is Rhythm
08. Paul Woolford – Idle Hands
09. Polymath – Saw Pump
Rex The Dog, Pleasure Cruiser and RUFUS&Bambi – BREED Podcast 18 ‘First Birthday Retrospective- Three Way Action!’ = It’s almost Rex The Dog’s BREED clubnight’s first birthday and to celebrate all the BREED residents have got together for one whopping retrospective mixtape. it’s you’ve been following these mixes, or are a regulate at BREED you’ll know what to expect , if not hold tight for synth heaven!
Rex The Dog – BREED Podcast 14 ‘Neutralise The Dubstep!’= The BREED podcasts keep coming in the build up to the latest BREED night at this weekend. This time Rex himself takes us on a 40 minute synthetic Disco journey featuring some amazing tunes, and Alex Metric’s ‘Rave Weapon’. In true Rex style there’s some slick Reel To Reel editing going on too.
BREED Podcast 16 – Pleasure Cruiser‘s ‘One Of Our Submarines Is Missing’ Mixtape = Rex The Dog is hosting his latest BREED night on 6th APril alongside residents Pleasure Cruiser, who continue the warm up with this 45 mins of pulsating Electro beats and robotic grooves.
01. Girls On Top (Whitney Houston Vs. Kraftwerk) – I Wanna’ Dance With Numbers (Richard X Bootleg)
02. Terry ‘Housemaster’ Baldwin – The Bitch Is Naggin’ Me
03. Mayday – Nude Photo ’88
04. ISE8 – When Adam Plugged His Fender (DJ Version)
05. Spektrum – Freakbox (Losoul reMix)
06. Tiga & Zyntherius – Sunglasses At Night
07. Databass The Son Of Cybotron – Basic Terminology
08. Model 500 – Night Drive
09. ISE8 – From Cheetham Hill To The Cass Corridor (DJ Tool)
10. Thomas Dolby – Submarines (Ricardo Villalobos reMix)
Rex The Dog hosts the next BREED party on the 6th April at the Dalston Superstore, details here.