Title: West Portal
Remixer: Smash TV
Label: Bad Animal
Cat. #: BAD002
Format. Vinyl, Digital EP
Release Date: 19th March Digital, 5th March Physical 2012
Distribution: Decks.de, Finetunes
A1. West Portal
A2. Lets Go
B1. Smoke (Smash TV Remix)
Deep, dank and dusty is the name of the game for Bad Animal’s second vinyl release. San Francisco’s Safeword (Marc Smith and Clint Stewart) have been on a tear since forming last year in San Francisco. Right off the bat they’ve hit a stride with releases on fine labels such as Dessous, Paso Music and are currently remixing for the mighty Mobilee. This, their debut EP on Bad Animal titled “West Portal,” weaves down more soulful yet dark avenues. Deep vibes, smooth synths and silky vocals are perfectly accompanied by heavy, churning rhythms and tasteful reflections of acid house.
The legendary Smash TV lend their expertise to round off the EP with an acid house monster of a party jam. While still retaining the dusty soul of the original material, the Berlin-based duo has brought their “Midas touch” to Bad Animal with this golden rework. Massive stuff!
This fine EP will be released on vinyl early March, with the digital to follow shortly thereafter.
Inspired by a left-of-center take on dance and a primal urge to create music more personal than your standard nightclub fare, Bad Animal is an independent imprint founded by Berlin-based, California native DJ and producer Alland Byallo. Born out of a hunger to explore the more experimental sides of dance without straying too far from the music’s purpose, Bad Animal’s mission is simple: to release emotional, soul-baring house and techno that is mindful of yet never restricted by the dance floor. Informed by the desire to create more intimately, the label’s output will focus on original productions and remixes from Byallo and a close-knit group of friends.
Profits from digital sales will be donated to the Wildlife Conservation Network.