is the latest project by producer Jay Haze and Samim. In the wake of recent singles 'Ride the Pony' and 'Cellphone Hit', Fuckpony’s first full-length effort ‘Children of Love’ is slated for release July 21st.
Behind a name like this you’d expect colourful characters, and that’s what they are. Samim, of Iranian descent, was a dotcom entrepreneur who lost his shirt in the crash and more recently he overcame cancer. Jay, meanwhile, comes from a poor part of Pennsylvania 'where no one escaped from'. On his journey to Berlin, he sold LSD while touring with The Grateful Dead, becoming a glass blower and sculptor and even ending up living homeless on the streets of San Francisco for a few months before he ran into Samim as he backpacked across Europe.
"I was walking around Zurich looking to buy some weed and by chance I asked Samim and his friends. Next thing I know, we're off having a beer together and I end up staying there for three months", Jay recalls.
The duo are best known for their stripped back, quirky techno outings on Haze's Contexterrior and Tuning Spork labels, but for Fuckpony they wanted to try something different. As their press puts it, ‘Children of Love’ is an album “inspired by dance music's evocative, emotional past - Detroit techno, deep, Chicago and acid house.” Jay Haze explains.
"We're in an era of robots and machines, so we're trying to step back in time and go back to dance music's roots. We have our ears on the future, but the real inspiration is old house music.”
Samim sees the project as a break from the norm.
"It's like a retreat, a holiday from making minimal music. Parts of it are minimal, but Fuckpony allows us to show something different of ourselves. There’s a whole new generation out there who have no idea about old school techno and house, and we want them to discover where electronic music came from".
But ‘Children Of Love’ isn't solely about house music: listen to the deep fried acid of 'Freaky Story of Earth' and it's clear that the psychedelia of Funkadelic left a big impression on the pair. Featuring vocals from Big Bully, Shaniqua and Lil Dirrty Ghetto Bastard, Jay and Samim believe that they have created something that is not just 'tracky and for the dance floor but a lasting body of work that friends and family can appreciate.’
"We just hope that people feel it's great music. One of the biggest mistakes that people make about me is that I'm serious, but nothing could be further from the truth. All my music is done with a smile because that's how I interact with people and build relationships", Jay explains.
02. Children of Love
03. Ride the Pony
05. Cellphone Hit
06. It's Only Music
07. Freaky Story of Earth
08. 93 n 4am
09. Get Pony
10. Make Money, Ho
11. Bongo Porn
Fuckpony’s ‘Children of Love’ will be released on Get Physical July 21st, 2006.