TOTD // 28/08 // Basic Soul Unit

Published: August 28, 2017, words by Joe Wilde

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With a career spanning twenty-seven EPs and two albums across a slew of labels including Dekmantel, Creme Organization, NonPlus+, Ostgut Ton it’s fair to say Basic Soul Unit has garnered a healthy reputation for himself. The Toronto based producer and DJ has been churning out high quality house and techno releases since 2003, and that experience shines through when listening to his productions that can vary from lush delicate soundscapes to crunchy, jacking dance floor bombs. His taste was honed during his time working at Cosmos Records, selling vintage jazz, soul, funk, Latin, Brazilian, disco, house & hip Hop to local aficionados, and this broad range of sounds can be heard in his DJ sets today.

It’s been 3 years since the last Basic Soul Unit EP on Lab.our and the label co-head is back to top form! Loose, melodic and funky, the Toronto producer stretches his legs across 4 tracks in this kaleidoscopic gem of an EP. With a killer reputation to live up to, thankfully we have not been left disappointed. Beautifully expansive synths feature heavily across the record, but that is where the similarities between the tracks end. Behavoural Issue features scatty frantic percussion where Propulses takes the form of a more straightforward techno thumper, albeit one with a brilliantly groovy bassline. Basic Soul Unit displays the full range of his tastes and talents on this release, and we can see it becoming a staple in the record bag of more adventurous house and techno DJs for the foreseeable future, preview the release here:

We’re pleased to have Basic Soul Unit contribute to our Tracks Of The Day Series, and he has provided four diverse tracks all telling their own message. Check out his selections from the likes of Subculture, The Temprees, Horace Silver and Pharoah Sanders below.

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The Voyage (Hayden Andre Remix)

Subculture Feat. Marcus

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  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

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  • Wonky

“A classic Toronto production on Strobe Records from Hayden Andre Brown. A timely message on the state of the earth when politics and greed ‘Trumps’ environmental concerns. The smooth and emotive voice of Marcus Turcotte conveys the sense of lost.”
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I Had a Little Talk

Horace Silver (feat Andy Bey)

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  • Wonky

“As I’m getting older, this number from Horace Silver is resonating. I’m attempting to take better care of myself physically. A message not only about state of mind but state of body. Andy Bey’s voice is one of the first that comes to mind when I think of spiritual jazz vocalists (along w Leon Thomas of course).”
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The Temprees

People Make The World Go Round

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  • Wonky

“I chose this version over the Stylistics original with it’s funkier back beat (credit goes to the legendary Thom Bell for the original composition, who incidentally is Leroy Burgess’ uncle). Beneath the facade of the ruling corporations and governments are everyday people who churn the gears that turn the world. We have the power to make a difference. “Go underground, young man. People make the world go ‘round.””
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Pharoah Sanders

You've Got To Have Freedom

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  • Wonky

“Other than the repeating refrain of the title, no more words are necessary. Just the music and a feeling that conveys positive energy and universal freedom for all.”

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