Northern California Bay Area native and 90s baby (am I getting old?) Nick Monaco is back with a brand new two-song EP out today on Dirtybird Records via Beatport (Birdhouse release date June 27th, iTunes release date July 15th). I’m not going to lie, I considered alternative music for today’s post but what really got me about the 5 Feet EP is those damn live drums. If you know me you know the story – growing up with an obsession with all things drum and percussion, the best way to my heart is with a killer rhythm section. Nick Monaco has had releases on Soul Clap Records and Dirtybird Records and he has one of the most unique-sounding styles out there. Normally I hate copying and pasting press releases in the body of my posts but I really think the Infamous PR team and the Dirtybird team nailed the descriptions of this EP. I’ll let them take it from here, but I ask one thing: Dirtybird crew, can you guys please start streaming full songs online? Thanks!
“The Crew Love crusader makes his long awaited return to dirtybird. The latest in a long line of slickshot pieces this year, both ‘5 Feet’ and ‘American Holiday’ are two of his shiniest, sleaziest, slinkiest adventures to date.
‘5 Feet’ opens with Nick’s trademark organic drums, dubbed-out to create an early night empty concert hall feeling. But the venue fills faster than the naked eye can possibly see as the tightly plucked bass guitar drops into the pocket of a supreme classic old school house pattern. Adorned with Nick’s simple falsetto vocal hook, there’s a cool Bootsy-meets-LCD vibe running throughout. Sexy, infectious and purring with groove science.
‘American Holiday’ takes us much deeper into Monaco’s outer-dimension. Drama trembles off every space-out tub-thump before a stark piano hook takes intro duties. Suddenly replaced by a shimmering guitar line, we’re soon massaged by crying synth stretches, an array of percussive sprinkles and bold synth leads. Part Amazonian, part Neptunian, this track is definitely outside the box.”
For added Nick Monaco flavor, check out his mix for THUMP, with the track list after the jump! (Steve Miller Band intro? uhhh yes please)
Steve Miller Band – Space Intro
Nick Monaco – BabyFace
Gator Boots Vol.2 – A1
Phil Kieran – Snakes Crawl (East Village Mix)
Tom Tom Club – Lorelei
Rhyze – Free (Nick Monaco’s Liberation Mix)
Soulphiction – Mind & Body
Bosq – Wuk Up (Nick Monaco Remix)
Nick Monaco – She Got That Fire
Dennis Ferrer feat. Bola Belo – Dem People Go (Fred Everything & Olivier Desmet Remix)
David Martson AKA White Jamaican – I Don’t Want (November Mix)
Greg Paulus – BK To Stay (Ruff Mix)