Wednesday, May 07, 2008

What is "Vintage" ?

As some of you might have recognized I've referred to the term "Vintage" more regularly throughout the past months not only as a description of sound but also as a style definition itself, a style that differs from what has been there and seems to gain popularity amongst music nerds and experts as well as mainstream listeners the same. So it's about time to give a short definition of what we're talking here...

"Vintage" is a part of contemporary Dance / Pop music that basicly can be described as amalgamation of influences taken from styles as there are Soul, Rare Groove, Acid Jazz and similar, combined with up to date production as well as studio techniques plus beats and structures referring to Club / Dance music styles as HipHop, Downtempo, Funky Breaks and Broken Beats / Phusion - mixed and merged at different rates.

"Vintage" music is mostly original and does not necessarily rely on obvious samples to create its special, kind of smokey sound that is responsible for the aspect of being "Vintage" at all, a sound that makes it hard sometimes, especially for untrained ears of mainstream consumers, to tell if a track played out is from way back in time or fresh and contemporary, even more as "Vintage" tracks are played out by HipHop-DJ's the same as Freestyle-jocks, in front of Rare Groove-audiences (without complaints!), in standard discotheques, bars as well as - talking more commercial releases - on mainstream radio stations and apply to crowds as different as crowds can be. Yet it's not to figure out if "Vintage" is only a short term phenomenon or will leave a trace in music history as a new retro movement here to stay but talking in terms of new "Vintage" releases appearing in stores in each every week these days it seems to be relevant and remarkable.

Some examples for commercial "Vintage" releases are well known as the likes of Amy Winehouse or Duffy are all over the place right now but also more underground releases as Lack Of Afro ft. Steve Marriott's "Touch My Soul" on Freestyle Records or cat.no. 029 of Rebtuz Isle Records, sister label of Tru Thoughts give an idea of what is happening in terms of "Vintage" these days...

4 Comments:

Blogger blossom said...

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11:25 PM  
Blogger baze.djunkiii said...

well, as your music seems to be influenced by italo disco, cosmic and classic disco i'd not exactly refer to it as VINTAGE stylewise 'coze the soul / rare groove aspect is missing. plus you're very very close to the original sound but seem not to mix it up with new influences or beats - rather reproducing the sound of back then than recreating it in a new way, kinda updating maybe.

but - defo the sound on yr page is top notch, do you have any records coming out soon?

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Blogger blossom said...

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5:58 PM  
Blogger baze.djunkiii said...

you ain't? that's been a mix up indeed pu t it wasn't quite clear from yr posting if you were or weren't. but anyway, when it comes to IDIB i'd rather call it tribute or paying respect then rip off...

talking italo disco - guess u're aware of berlin's das drehmoment records? they're pretty close to a proper 2008 italo disco update with some of their releases.

8:33 PM  

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