Hard Ton, Italy’s extravagant duo of all things house music are back on Luv Shack Records with the precursor to the first full Hard Ton album that is due for 2017.
“Queer Nation” has singer Max swapping his falsetto with a dark mangled voice, reciting names of queer icons over a dry acid house track that rejoices in repetition, and rightly so. Classic Music head honcho Luke Solomon’s remix builds up an intense 707 drum pattern, underlining rhythm guitars and Max’s voice, ending in a bold acid climax. Italian newcomers Younger Than Me deliver an early 80’s wave touch with a classic house approach.
One the B Side Hard Ton pair up with ROTCIV shaping some quality acid house called “Style Galore”. The cut up hushed vocals are thrown into a lush melange of filtered pad shots, Juno basslines, glimpses of 303 and a percussive house groove. “Yeah Yeah” featuring Moralez & Sames is an ode to early Detroit and Chicago house, with Max singing vigorously, syncopated hi-hats swirling and stabs nodding towards Lil Louis. The final track is a LeSale disco dub of “The Way You Rock feat. Mirror People”. LeSale strips the original drums completely, rearranging the vox, piano and synths to fit his disco workout edit style, adding a cheeky synth bassline to complete the boogie redress. Both the Style Galore and The LeSale remix of The Way You Rock are the ones for us.