Does TS stand for Two-Step? Judging by the Garage mix of his new single “Give Me a Sign,” it just might. On the surface, it is flat-out classic ’90s two-step garage, every other beat highlighted with a triplet groove. Two-step was a British house subgenre that blended urban vocals with house that punters (aka clubbers) would dance to in half time so it was even slower (similar to drum and bass). If you listen closer, you will hear modern touches to the production – drum fills, electro kicks, and synth flourishes that weren’t used the first time around. The vocals are processed just like they were back then as well – which stands out because if you listen to Yaz Nikk’s cover of “Royals,” she really can emote and sing – but that doesn’t really fit the vibe of the the track. It seems like you kind of need that robotic inhuman vocal feel for a two-step track to work. Though it’s not lounge music per se, the track has a lighter feel – it’s definitely not a banger – but would fit a pool party vibe or a pre-club warmup. While on the TS7 tip, check out his mix of Signum’s “Nobody to Love.”
Following yesterday’s “Perfect Lady” writeup, let’s go back to another sample track that’s been huge in the UK and is making its way over to the US. Drum and bass producers Sigma took two lines from Kanye West’s “Bound 2” and used it for the drop for an explosive bootleg aptly called “Nobody To Love.” Massive support from DJs and radio led them to make an official version with a someone resinging the part of Charlie Wilson, which became a number one UK pop hit. The remixes transformed the track to fit many tastes – synth-pop (Grum), retro-house (Jakwob), stadium (Third Party), and baseline house (TS7). For the US release on Atlantic records, it was rerecorded as a cover version by Alex Newell (singer from Glee) with a new house mix by Freshup and Harley that clocks in at 114BPM and keeps the vocals sounding just like the original. I bet it would mix perfectly with the Solidisco mix of the original Kanye track.