6 hour session with Trunkfunk label honcho Dj Nibc, celebrating the release of his new single 'Hold On':
House music first captured Fredrik Nyberg’ attention in the early 1990s, and has held him rapt ever since. Hold On is both his modern day exploration of the genre, and his collaborative journey through its many shades.
As DJ Nibc and as the founder of Trunkfunk Records, Nyberg is one of Sweden’s most versatile and sought-after talents. “Hold On”, a sleek slice of modern house, replete with string samples and sultry female vocals, is an ace in the hole for the DJ, producer and label manager, and here his latest productions receives the remix treatment from icons of the scene, Basic Soul Unit, DJ Downtown, Ian Pooley, and DJ Nibc himself.
Toronto’s Basic Soul Unit is no stranger to house music’s charms, and here he delivers a rollicking old school re-rinse. The reverbed handclaps, airy synths and vocal stabs of the intro don’t hint at the swollen wallop of a kick drum that’s soon to be unleashed. It duels with a bouncing, fidgety bassline and string sounds that have been moulded, cut and pasted into signature old-school chords. The journey into nostalgia is then propelled into the present day, as mid range synths and tambourines inject some melodic texture into this peaktime monster.
DJ Downtown has mastered the art of rubberised bassline manipulations as one half of Renaissance Man, and his take on "Hold On" is a quirky cut-up affair, with he-said-she-said vocal snippets, filtered, sampled strings, and a bouncy fidget sound heralding its arrival. Channeling the spirit of French-flavoured microhouse, DJ Downtown’s interpretation is a delightful mélange of leftfield funk, fairytale chimes and dancefloor flavour.
DJ Nibc’s own dub mix saturates the arrangement with a thrumming bassline and jingling percussion, while layer-upon-layer of dubbed-out strings are wrestled into an uplifting minor key melody. Snatches of vocals and cool atmospherics help to create the ultimate dub mix combination of bass propulsion and melodic swing.
Don & Palm following in the footsteps of the legendary Swedish House Mafia with their Ibiza interpretation filled with massive build-ups and well used vocals they deliver a certified new banger for the white isle.
Last but not least, German house legend Ian Pooley gives “Hold On” his own trademark tech house spin. Swirling vocals and skippy beats allow for Pooley’s deftness, where he manipulates single handclaps and vocal grabs into percussive elements. Upending the formula, he then pushes vocals back to forefront, amidst fuzzed out synths and jagged shards of strings, bringing the track full circle to its roots - pure, unadulterated house music.