Founded in the summer of 2005 by Slum Science, Hudd Traxx has grown significantly in the last 9 years, acquiring an impressive and diverse repertoire of artists that spans across continents and genres alike. Their thirst for high quality output has led them to the release of only a handful of records each year, so it comes as no surprise that in the span of 9 whole years, the number of releases reached the shy number of 45. Don't get me wrong, this is by far the best way to do it and I wish more labels would take quality control better into account. So after a bit of a hiatus since their last pressing back in November, Hudd Traxx returns in 2014 with a very special collaboration that joins two of the most prominent producers of the moment and one of the few remaining true legends of house music together.
The story goes that Manchester-based Tomson and Eddie Leader, who previously worked together for Morris Audio and 124Recordings, were working on a track for some time when they felt the need to spice it up with a well-deserved vocal. Soon enough Chez Damier was invited to play at a party Eddie used to host and a friendship quickly ensued. The next time Damier was in town, the guys brought him to the studio straight after the gig and recorded the vocals on the spot. Rumour has it that the session went on until 9 in the morning only because Chez had to catch his flight and that Brawther was also in the studio.
So that's the story behind 'I Am With You', a true homage to the classic Chicago house sound enforced by the perfect harmony between the lush dreamy landscape and the punchy rhythm felt throughout the track. The sharp keys, soothing strings and airy pads showcase an exemplary synth work, while the simple arrangement of tight kicks, slapped claps and swinged hats denote a thorough understanding and deep feel of the early era of 808 house music. The trademark Chez Damier vocals add that magic touch to the mix and are strongly felt on multiple layers across the entire piece.
Out this week at your favourite online record shop and selected store across the world. Don't miss this one!