Snax - 'Honeymoon's Over'
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I know what you’re thinking, can any record be that good? Well, he’s been preparing for this moment for long enough as he’s been craving the musical spotlight since he was 5 years old.
Other historical notes tell us Snax upped sticks from his native Maryland and ended up in the early 90s in a gay punk band in San Francisco. Later moves into house and hip hop production in NYC gave him further experience but it wasn’t until his tour with Foetus and Jamie Lidell that he got to release a debut album out on Mental Groove, From The Rocking Chair To The Stage.
For his debut 12” on Fine, Jamie Lidell is called in to add his classic electro-soul vocals to a funked up hip hop groove. The original version of ‘Honeymoon’s Over’ harks back to popular 80s synth funk of a type that Sa-Ra tends to avoid.
It always comes as a bit of a surprise just how good Jamie Lidell’s voice is; guys that sing this well don’t usually have albums on Warp Records! Check Multiply (with his mate Mocky) which showed that electro-soul is back and live.
He’s been prolific on the remixes this year and has touched no lesser gods than Richie Hawtin and Kling Klong’s Martin Eyerer. What first hits you is how he’s matched melancholic minimal good stuff with the upbeat tone of the original. It’s almost like Kraftwerk! Can you remember how good Kraftwerk were? Possibly not, but this is the pick of the mix(es).
We’re promised the forthcoming Snax album, Love Pollution will feature further collabs with Mocky, Ka-Os, Shapemod, Peaches and Soffy O so there’s food for thought.
If you haven’t heard of Snax already, he’ll be on the tip of your tongue very soon now the honeymoon’s over.
Hectic Mix nominations: Konrad Black Mix, Album version and Overdose mix
Reviewed: Snax — Honeymoon’s Over (Fine) Release date 16th July 2007
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