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TJR – Funky Vodka
Despite the positive times surrounding the industry, you can’t help but feel there is a slight digression from the uplifting roots that made Dance music what it is today. San Diego’s own TJR evidently sympathises with this gaping hole in the modern get-up and with pursuasive force, ‘Funky Vodka’ steps in to set the genre a positive outlook of epic proportions.
Drawn from a real vintage in musical history, there are no unsuitable wobbles or three frequency leads amid this persuasive funky banger. Instead, TJR opts for concoction of sexy saxophone leads and coherent melodic endeavours that culminate into something intrinsically sun kissed for the colder days of 2012. This might seem a strange singing to Rising for those who are not more familiar with Lake’s own pretty persuasive early roots, but its escape from the realms of Progressive House sits as an apparent relief to certain peers of the British visionary and his funky American companion.
With enough meticulous rhythmic play and ‘back-to-basics’ drum deviation to get even the older of aficionados excited, there is something inherently pure and unpretentious about this ballsy yet adept attempt to bring a little enthusiasm back to an industry far too busy replicating those immaculate wobbles and uninspiring synth leads to look on the brighter side of a genre that has remained unstoppable.