Here’s an inspired mash of sounds – early ’90s Detroit techno with a bit of disco house. Dutch producer Tom Trago previews his forthcoming album ‘The Light Fantastic” with this modern throwback vocoder track, “True Friends.” Collaborating with Ben Westbeech, aka Breach, the guy behind the summer jam “Jack,” it’s a wonderful mix of various sounds with a subtly groovy and sexy vibe overlayed with cadenced vocals reminiscent of Outsiders/Amanda Wilson “Keep the Fire Burning.” The video is kind of dark, yet fun at the same way, and we’re always happy to see the effective deployment of mimes to express emotions. If you like “True Friends,” be sure to check out “Two Together,” that Tom Trago did with Steffi.
What is Jack? Well, let’s start with Who is Jack. In the classic house track “Can You Feel It” by Mr Fingers (aka Larry Heard), Jack is the mythical deity who “declared Let There Be House and House music was born.” Jack as a verb describes dancing to house music and getting it in, so to say. For Ben Westbeech, aka Breach, “Jack” single is a throwback to old school house with the playfully repeated vocal line “I Want your body, everybody wants your body, so let’s jack.” The simplicity of the track is so refreshing that it becomes addictive after the first listen. With the current ’90s house revival, the track’s release couldn’t be more perfectly timed. As classic as “Jack” sounds, the bouncy house groove has enough modern elements and sounds to make it fit in 2013 just as easily as it would have in 1993. The hairy video has gone viral and fits nicely into the video meme that the Duck Sauce guys have been broadcasting (“Big Bad Wolf” and “It’s You”). If house isn’t your thing, check out the Cazzette remix of Ben Westbeech’s last vocal release, “Something for the Weekend,” for some harder beats (and shame on you for not embracing the “universal language spoken and understood by all”).