Get Up Recordings continues to establish themselves as forerunners of underground house with the Basic EP from Chicago’s Alinka. The release contains two original tracks straight from the Chicago House scene, “You’re Basic” and “Reaching”, each with an accompanying remix from wizard producers, Lauren Flax and Lil’ Mark.
The first original track off the EP, “You’re Basic”, really showcases a producer who was born and raised in Chicago. Influences like the 303, Adonis and Trax Records all contribute to the fierce groove. The voice in the track, Alinka herself, lays down the rules of the game in a steady command and tells all the others ‘you’re basic’.
The remix of “You’re Basic” comes courtesy of Lauren Flax, a DJ, songwriter and producer from NYC. Flax is currently a member of the band, CREEP with long-time collaborator, Lauren Dillard, and was the official Fischerspooner tour DJ from 2008-2011. Her debut single, “You’ve Changed”, featured vocals by Sia of Zero7 fame. Flax’s remix strips down the track even further where it just becomes the most basic elements of dance music: drums, bass and voice. Flax’s streamlining of the track really packs a full dancefloor punch to it.
The second original track of the EP, “Reaching” is a jackin’ ethereal house track. This is a true house track in the sense that the keys, the kick and the claps make up the rhythm nicely. There is a sprinkle of vocals that ride along with the eerily beautiful lead, giving the track a unique appeal. Veteran UK DJ and producer, Lil’ Mark takes the track one step deeper. He adds a bit of funkiness and puts his hypnotic house mark on the track to get the listener ‘into the sound.’ Mark has had a deep connection with the Chicago House scene after living and touring with Derrick Carter in 1997. Mark’s bumpin’ signature style can be heard on releases from Classic Music Co., MFF, Bump, Leftroom and Hot Waves.