In music, as in comedy, timing is everything. Given that as a general truth, the life and career of Andrew Wright has run like clockwork.
A long-time drummer in several stylistically various bands, he happened upon house music on a Whistler ski trip in the mid-90s. This chance encounter sent him digging through Vancouver's crates for rare grooves, and to the Commodore for their infamous disco night, all of which eventually led to his first raves. Moving to Australia, he honed his skills as a DJ, landing his first residency, so when he came back to the BC's west coast in 1999, he had a mission.
Donning the name Andy Clockwork, he worked the late night grind and began to get regular bookings, then residencies, capped off by a near five year reign on Saturday nights at the city's most influential house club, the Lotus, where he performed alongside the likes of Justin Martin, Swayzak, and DJ T, among others. Somewhere in between, he started working the production angle, and he soon became as adept in the studio as he was behind the decks.
Following the experience of running his own label, he went on to become one of East Van Digital's most prolific producers. Aside from his best-selling remixes of Chilli & Sage and label boss Joseph Martin, he has appeared on several installments in the imprint's famed EVD House series, while the Scronk EP marks his third original EP for the label.
Opening the EP with two slices of old school, "Scronk" sounds smoother than the name suggest, with its grumbling bassline outlined by warped pads and classic digital percussion, while "Fortuity" has an early '90s house sound, largely due to its hi-hat, snare, melodic keyboard lead, and an organ-esque drone that maintains its texture.
The last two tracks are sure to take no prisoners on the dance floor. As the 4/4 kick for "New Jam Old Jelly" pounds mercilessly, the organ lead and bassline melody seem to lag behind the beat, enhanced by the shaker percussion adding to its flavorful swing. Repeatedly, a vocal samples asks "Can you get into this?" This is obviously rhetorical. You'd have to be dead not to shake your rump to this funky mutha.
"Out with the Old" brings the EP to a close on another pounder, bass you could feel in space made to feel like an ethereal float with its effervescently flanged lead giving way to a dirty bass line, saucy stabs, and perky percussion.
Everything is in its right place on this EP. Andy Clockwork delivers his refined mix of funky bass lines and groovy hooks with impeccable timing. For modern house created with an old school work ethic, accept no substitutes.
This is the stuff to set your party watch to.
All tracks CanCon.
All tracks clean.
February 12th, 2015
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"Out With The Old is the biznass, def supporting" 10/10
"Scronk sounds good!"
"New Jam Old Jelly is crazy tight"
"New Jam Old Jelly is sooooooo wicked. Love the bumpiness of Out With The Old too. 100% support on my 'In The Greene House' show and podcast."
"Super funky and will be great to mix."
City & Mixxxy
"very fun stuff"
"Great work Andy! Love the old school vibes across these."