Artist: Stacey Pullen
Title: Any Which Way EP
Release Date: May, 2013
Label: Blackflag Recordings
Cat. #: BFR012
1: Any Which Way (Original)
2: Any Which Way (Dirty Mug Mix)
3: Any Which Way (Dub Mug Mix)
4: Any Which Way (Martin Buttrich Red Remix)
5: Any Which Way (Martin Buttrich Green Remix)
After entrusting his team of rising firebrands to fly the Blackflag in recent times, label head Stacey Pullen makes a welcome return with his first solo release of 2013.
‘Any Which Way’ sees the Detroit legend take a trip into the deep, creating a sleek cosmic slice of techno that evokes an unmistakable sense of the Motor City. The track has been a key feature of his sets in recent months, with its deep, searing melody line and atmosphere-laden grooves working perfectly whenever he’s had the opportunity to take dancefloors on extended journeys.
The package includes Pullen’s ‘Dirty Mug’ and ‘Dub Mug’ mixes, with the twisted synth lines that teeter on the brink between acid and psychedelia providing a souped-up contrast to the original.
On the remix tip, Desolat’s Martin Buttrich has been drafted in to superb effect. The ‘Red Mix’ sees the German utilise the main synth line from Pullen’s original to create a melody-flushed re-rub, while the ‘Green Mix’ re-routes it towards moodier deep house territory, with its delicate brew of drums, low slung bass and swirling synth layers.
For Pullen, ‘Any Which Way’ marks the follow up release to last year’s ‘Circus Act’ on Blackflag that was supported by Pete Tong on BBC Radio 1 and a host of DJs across the techno and house scenes, while also featuring strongly on Beatport’s Tech House chart.
It also continues a busy 2013 to date, with the re-release of his 1998 classic ‘Sweat’ under the Black Odyssey moniker (originally Blackflag 001) and a Beatport sponsored competition to remix the track.
“With ‘Any Which Way’ I wanted to get back to moody but groovy techno, something that hits your emotions, but still packs a punch. There’s so much music out at the moment, I really wanted to create something with a fresh edge to it, while still producing something that DJs and fans would connect with a modern take on Detroit. On the remix tip, I chose one of my favourite producers Martin Buttrich. Technically speaking, for me, he’s one of the best and really understands the quality of melodies and soundscapes.” – Stacey Pullen