TOTD // 23/07 // X-Coast

Published: July 23, 2016, words by Undefined author

X-Coast is an elusive figure to say the least the Serbian
born producer and live performer has been putting tracks out on his Soundcloud
for three years now, showcasing his own brand of funky groove infected house
music with a distinctly tropical edge* that’s nigh on impossible to listen to
without giving your booty a lil’ shake. Two years ago he made an appearance in
the Boiler Room,
showcasing his live set in Belgrade and providing the soundtrack to countless
convertible road trips along Mediterranean coastlines in the process. His
productions have gained support from a range of producers including lo-fi
maestro Mall Grab who took a serious liking to the huge Ghetto
Baby
.

You can hear the single from X-Coast’s debut release, a five track Mango Bay EP here (out by the end of the Summer). A single for Mall Grab’s Steel City Dance Discs label, a video for a collaboration with Brooklyn based artist Xhosa, as well as experimental soundscapes for a virtual reality piece are on the way. Somewhere in the deep blue Caribbean Sea, between your imagination and what’s real, lies an island – X-Coast.

We reached out to X-Coast to contribute to our Tracks Of The Day series, and
the theme he chose for himself was “Four tracks that utilise the Loon Call
sample”, a sample that you’ll hear used repeatedly in his own productions — you
can check his picks out below.

*DISCLAIMER: This is not “Tropical House”, the maligned
sub-genre that has recently gained popularity in the mainstream of UK dance
music, its proper house that makes you feel like you’re lying on a hot beach
sipping Pina Coladas.

via youtube

Soundman & Don Lloydie feat. Elizabeth Troy

Greater Love (Potential Bad Boy Dubplate Special)

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“Wonderful track. This remix was a part of the first jungle tape I got my hands on in ’96. Elizabeth Troy’s beautiful vocals and fast programmed jungle breaks, accompanied by loon calls and time stretched sound system samples create the perfect mixture of light & dark. I’m still learning from this track to this day! (Check out the video for the original too)”
via youtube

LTJ Bukem

Demon's Theme

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“Danny Bukem could do no wrong during this period. This is a great loon sample placement, alongside with my favourite shakuhachi flute. As the late Terence McKenna used to say, it gets you in touch with your archaic being. We go deep into the past to be ready for the future.”
via youtube

808 State

Pacific State

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“This simply had to be included. 1989 – Arguably the first use of the loon call sample in music, and also one of the tracks that marked an era. Beautiful chords and loon calls create an illusion of a far away, tropical heaven. Let it take you away.”
via youtube

Beat Street

Opsesija (Obsession)

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“Now here’s a 90’s Serbian loon-infused gem if I ever heard one! People who grew up in the Balkans have probably heard this one before, since it hit the charts hard back in the days. The loon sample was used to deliver a sense of danger, being placed as the call of these crazed Amazon-styled women, chasing our poor lads. Genius video – must watch!”

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