I’ve recently become obsessed with the 100 BPM range. This infatuation was sparked by a lot of Sebastian’s new work which captures a grooviness that I feel is not possible in the 120-130 range where I spend most of my time. However, bridging the gap between my two favorite ranges has proven difficult with moombahton, electronic’s bastard child that nobody likes, being the only established intermediary.
Alas, my problem is no more thanks to those lovable Auzzies from down under. A new sound (at least to me) has been developing in Melbourne led by guys like Nick Thayer and Opiuo. Their music is derivative of big beat and electro, slowed down to the 100-110 range. I still have no idea what people are calling this stuff but it definitely needs its own name. Fun, funky and brimming with character, I think I’m in love.
Earlier in the year Nick Thayer pulled off the impossible and released an enjoyable “Barbara Streisand” remix. Amongst the vast ocean of garbage trying to catch some residual fire off of Duck Sauce’s megahit, Thayer’s was the only one that was allowed an exclusive villa on my hard drive.
I recently started digging through his releases including a brand new album, “Just Let It Go” and I can’t understand why he doesn’t have a larger presence in the United States. He’s tackled remixes of some huge tracks and seems to have a huge following in his native land of Australia. Thayer doesn’t seem to hold allegiance to any single genre but he almost always guides his tracks back to some raw headbanging electro-style riffs. Check. Check.