Amongst an ocean of re-issues from household names during this classic House music revival we’re currently experiencing, FTTK has dug a little deeper into the history books to unearth a somewhat understated gem in the form of Casey Tucker for the second chapter of For Those that Knoe. The mid nineties was a time when the sounds of Techno and House were being combined, new sub genres were emerging into clubs and DJs were forging their own unique take on dance floor electronic music. After a handful of releases on Probe under various aliases and before that on Plus 8 with no other than Ritchie Hawtin, Casey Tucker set up Fine Balance Recordings to showcase his unique melodic Tech House solo productions. The label released two EPs (The Carpet Dancer and Accumulated Knowledge) on 12”, both bubbling well under the surface of the mainstream but changes in the music industry and the difficulties many labels felt at that time meant that the label was put on hold. Very much in demand today and extremely rare, FTTK has worked with Casey to dig out the original DAT recordings of those records as well as a fine selection of unreleased material to represent the second chapter of For Those That Knoe.
Previously unreleased, BST is a summertime melodic Techno piece with glorious strings, sun drenched pads, liquid acid funk and sizzling hi hats. It’s a melancholic encapsulation of the end of the dreamy acid rave sound and the purity of the early tech house sounds before digital audio workstations became favoured over their analogue counterparts.
Habit of Awareness, originally released on Accumulated Knowledge has the Casey Tucker swinging rhythm and uplifting acid melodies backed by fizzing distorted chords, archetypal of the 90s yet somehow not stereotypical. It’s bright and cheerful yet still maintains a sense of ethereal soothing with its slow attack dreamy pads and plucked lead.
Finishing off the EP is Momentum; the stand out track from the Carpet Dancer EP has choir style moodscapes, a bouncing bassline and wonderfully syncopated chords that skip across the rhythm like a pebble across a lake’s surface. The opening 2 minutes are an ambient tease switching from those Detroit style chords and formant pads to the bass and into one of Casey’s metallic swinging drum rhythms. Topping off the track is a bubbling delayed twinkling lead adding some additional funk into the mix for good measure.