Two days ago, an email from one “Matthew” hit the inbox. Entitled “Feelin Kinda Horny,” it eluded my spam filters, and I’m glad it did, as it was from Mattie Safer, the bass player from the Rapture. Safer is seemingly in the habit of randomly distributing mixes–one landed in the inboxes of Fader folk just last month. Given that it’s free, we recommend you just download the thing.
Though it’s still only April, Safer’s mix feels more like summer than spring. Maybe he’s reminiscing about previous Augusts? Why else would you set things off with “Bucky Done Gun,” as if I already forgot about playing NBA Live in ’06? Do I really need to hear Maya Arulpragasam (or the Rapture?) boast–a full three years on–“I’m working on this new bit/ I’m hot now, you’ll see”? Not really, but I do believe that “I’m hot now” bit, as it was a scorcha out there this past weekend. So what if it is actually summer and this is the first mix of the season?
“Feelin’ Kinda Horny” is hot, twitchy, fidgety, and of course centered around horny horns: the unlimited bumblebee bleet of Baltimore house (DJ Sega’s “Let Me Clear My Throat”), say, into a grab of Chicago’s “Street Player,” a song that even Beavis and Butthead tittered at when Bucketheads’ dropped it back in 1994. Everything from electrified sax squeals to needling shenai to mosquito tweeters to the drunken bass farts of a rusted trombone on Jesse Rose’s “Touch My Horn” gets aired out. The mix’s velocity and quick flips (at least until he peaces out with the sea breezes of 808’s “Pacific State”) match the metabolism of a hot summer. But on frequency of blat and pulse-raising alone, Matty also makes “Horny” feel like Sunday afternoon traffic out on the Van Wyck, which seemingly lasts all year long. The tracklist:
MATTIE SAFER “FEELIN KINDA HORNY”
Push The Feeling (Sax-a-pella)- Nightcrawlers
Bucky Done Gun- M.I.A.
Big Money Comin’- Crookers
Samir’s Theme-Big Money Comin’
Let Me Clear My Throat-DJ Sega
The Bomb! (These Sounds Fall Into My Mind)-Bucketheads
Calle Ocho (75 Brazil St)-Pitbull & Nicole Fasano
Calabria 2007-Enur ft. Natasha
Took The Trompeta-SmartTech
Touch My Horn-Jesse Rose
Push The Feeling-Dances With White Girls
Feel The Horns-Trevor Loveys
A Black Man In Space-Son of Raw
Northern Hustle-Mark Trophy & Oliver Lang
Pacific State-808 State