Artist: CYCLIST ft Maiko Watson
Label: Continental Records
Cat. #: CONT011
Release Date: 29 July 2013
1. ‘Shine’ (4’23)
2. ‘Shine (Drop Out Orchestra remix)’ (6’32)
3. ‘Shine (Lou Teti remix)’ (6’33)
4. ‘Shine (Rogue Vogue remix)’ (6’28)
For its 11th release Jerry Bouthier’s imprint Continental is feeling soulful by hooking up with Canada’s Cyclist who delivers torrid new single ‘Shine’ featuring Maiko Watson on vocals.
New Torontonian-via-Vancouver-via-Winnipeg, Mark ‘Cyclist’ Penner has been a fixture in Canada’s live funk scene for years as part of impressive live dance outfit Moses Mayes. Enamoured with the post-disco, electronic paths dance music took in the early 80s – electro funk, proto-house etc – it was only a matter of time before Penner would catch the dancefloor bug and turn his ample production skills and musicianship to his solo project Cyclist.
With internationally acclaimed releases on Homebreakin’ and Punchout! not mentioning an array of remixes – including his rendition (with buddy Pat Lok) of The Rapture’s “How Deep is Your Love” voted winner of a DFA remix competition by the band itself and an inspired indie-dance take on Shindu ‘Just Go’ for Continental) – Cyclist is soon growing into an important producer. His impeccable references by no means tying him up to models but on the contrary inspiring him to continuously push things further.
‘Shine’ sweats and drips like a block party jam on a hot New York day, D-Train and Tom Tom Club lost on the Paradise Garage’s dancefloor… phat chunky beats, swirling skippy keyboards and guest singer/songwriter Maiko Watson (also Canadian, with an enviable solo career) belts out her gut-wrenching delivery with as much conviction as yesterday’s legends Gwen Guithrie or Chaka Khan. Yes ‘Shine’ is electronic soul that rocks.
Remix-wise, an imposing cast has got down to business with this little gem of a song. One of Sweden’s finest exports Drop Out Orchestra plug the vocoder and stay faithful to the original while opting for a more big room angle. Next, relying on his trademark spaced-out synths, live bass and perc, New York’s far-out groover Lou Teti lets wild on the pitchbend and expertly dubs things out. Completing the package, Chicago’s Rogue Vogue gives ‘Shine’ a rugged, jackin’ house make-over complete with tasty pianos. Beware this could be the release’s dark horse.