Preview: Naive Presents...Tensnake & Tiger & Woods Live
PREVIEW: Naïve Presents...Tensnake and Tiger & Woods Live
“Can I get, can I get get”. In the summer of 2010 there was one record which touched every dancefloor. Instantly engaging and impossibly catchy, it bridged the gap between the all-encompassing, and some might say indistinct sound of 21st century ‘nu-disco’ with the familiar sensibilities of classic House. Released in January via the consistently on-point Permanent Vacation, it was an instant hit, going on to top charts and even feature on daytime radio. The record in question is of course ‘Comacat’, Marco Niemerski’s biggest release to date. With a melody which was overwhelmingly infectious it was impossible to ignore, but what was arguably the song of 2010 only scratched the surface of Tensnake’s irresistible groove.
Headlining the triumphant return of Naïve at Chambre69 this Saturday, those who are familiar with his work will be preparing for a night of high quality four to the floor, taking in sounds that range from the deep and sexy ('Holding Back My Love') to the classic and funky ('Something About You'). Having been influenced by early boogie, Marco's love for disco was always going to manifest itself in his music, but he rejects the ‘nu-disco’ tag and describes his sound as open minded and unaffected by unnecessary labels. Either way, his music embodies everything that makes 4x4 so instinctively appealing…
Joining him on support will be the mysterious production duo of Tiger & Woods who will perform a very special live set to get feet moving and bodies grooving. Having created a buzz with a series of exceptional white labels before launching into a string of releases which climaxed with their debut full-length ‘Through The Green’, the duo have become undisputed masters of the dancefloor. Expect loop-heavy disco-funk which will mesmerise, seduce and percolate.
Check out sounds and mixes from both Tensnake and Tiger & Woods below:
We also had a chance to catch up with Tensnake before the weekend, here is what he had to say:
Synth: So it seems like the last few years have really been incredible for you, how do find the balancing act of touring and producing, do you find a lot of inspiration from visiting different countries?
Tensnake: I remember keeping the balance was a bit difficult in the beginning. But once you get used to it, it’s really not a big problem. I try to have one music-free or at least non-job related day in the week. Also I try to stick to my 11 to 6 studio routine, so the evenings are free to meet friends and family. But I find inspiration in all sorts of places, from things people say to places I visit. ‘Coma Cat’ came to me when I was sitting by the beach in Miami!
Synth: Many of us will know you from some of your early releases on the likes of Mirau Musik and Players Paradise, but it was undoubtedly 'Coma Cat' which took you to a wider audience. Did you have any idea it would explode like it did and why do you think it became so popular? Did you envisage it being on mainstream radio?
Tensnake: I had no idea - and I still hear it in all sorts of places today, including the gym. It has several simple elements which work well together - and the 'can I get' vocal hook which has become something of a catchphrase in some cities. But really, you'll have to ask the people why that is.
Tensnake: 'nu' what?
Synth: At the time of its release you were often described as 'nu-disco' or even 'future disco', however a lot of your music is a lot deeper and housier, would you describe disco as a direct influence and what do you think about the idea of 'nu-disco' in general?
Tensnake: I was never a fan of the ‘nu-disco’ tag and my forthcoming album and my recent remixes haven't had that vibe at all. But I think it is important for the media to invent new music tags a little now and then to keep the ball rolling. And people are always keen to discover new shit; I think this is kind of natural. To me, good music is good music, whether that's hot or not. My favourite 3 albums so far this year have not a lot to do with "nu-disco" or a certain club sound: New Look, Frank Ocean and The XX.
Synth: You'll be headlining Naïve in Glasgow this weekend alongside Tiger & Woods, can you tell us one record your looking forward to playing over all others and why?
Tensnake: I am really looking forward to dropping "Mainline" and seeing peoples' reaction. I might play the Dub-mix which I also really like. Haven't played that one out yet.
Synth: Speaking of 'Mainline', we’re absolutely loving it at the moment, it really channels that 90s vibe perfectly without sounding over the top or cheesy, can we expect an album any time soon?
Tensnake: Thanks. I am working on my album right now; it will feature some special guests, some amazing vocalists. I don’t think there will be much of a 90s vibe going on there. It will cover all different kinds of music and will probably be mainly downtempo…
Tensnake 'Mainline' will be released Nov 5th via Defected.
WHO: Tensnake, Tiger & Woods (Live), HaHaHa, Tanner
WHERE: Chambre 69, 69 Nelson Mandela Place, G2 1QY, Glasgow
WHEN: Sat 13th Oct // 11-3am
TAX: £7 Adv // £10
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