Nic Tasker’s Whities has already made their mark as a must-have catalog of wax heat. Tasker’s position as a tastemaker and selektor is evident in the forward-thinking sounds of 16 releases. After a couple of test runs, we can firmly say the 017 is no different. After cutting his teeth as Bwana on AUS, Cin Cin, and Lucky Me, Nathan Micay debuts on the NTS Resident’s thriving label. Leftfield in background but techno at heart, the two track twelve inch is an essential late night record and salute to sunrise.
Following in the footsteps of other melodic Whities anthems by the likes of Avalon Emerson and Lanark Artefax, Micay’s catchy approach to record borders radio-ready sounds of the afters. A-side ‘First Casualty’ layers powerful lead distortion on a nostalgic yet simple percussion line. 7 minutes of those drums tell a story through keys, strings, and synth interludes. Made for listening, best for dancing.
“For me, these tracks are a rebuttal to the endless churn of negativity in the news and online. They have become my battle cry in the club, something to mobilize while also offering a chance to escape it all, even briefly.” -Nathan Micay for Mixmag
On the backside of the record, Micay keeps the melodies while adding an industrial flair to back up the steady kick drums of a warehouse track. Titled ‘Beginning Ballads’, a set start with this one is a well-paced statement of techno.
A fitting addition to the Whities crew, Nathan’s next phase as post-Bwana producers is a refreshing look at a rave new world. Blending the past through trance tones while sticking to percussive foundations of techno and garage, is sustainable dance. Can’t wait to see what’s next from Nic Tasker’s team. For now, this one’s spinning on repeat.