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Dirty Talk
William Djoko
Voyage Direct

VD25 | 2016-10-31
William Djoko is in a frisky mood. On "Dirty Talk", he delivers an X-rated dancefloor bomb that's as unashamedly filthy as an all-night rave at one of Amsterdam's most salacious brothels.

Djoko is no stranger to Voyage Direct. Having first appeared on the label way back in 2012, he's returned numerous times since, becoming an integral member of the imprint's growing family of artists. Elsewhere, he's delivered material on Tuskegee, Mobilee and Leftroom, amongst others, developing an approach that takes inspiration from numerous styles of house and techno. However, little he's previously released can match the raw, eyebrow-raising lust and sexually charged funk of "Dirty Talk".

Driven forward by Djoko's sleazy, whispered spoken word vocal, the original version combines the rubbery, bass-heavy rhythms of classic, Dance Mania-style ghetto house, the delay-laden guitar flashes of vintage NYC proto-house, and the kind of darting, funk-fuelled keys ' provided by fellow Dutch producer Kid Sublime ' that recall the glory days of '80s electrofunk. Djoko provides an alternate version in the shape of the thrusting, stripped-back 'Club Dub', with his breathy 'Accapella' rounding off the A-side.

On the flip, two Voyage Direct stalwarts take it in turns to rework the track. First up is label boss Tom Trago, who builds on Djoko's elastic percussion with some dense new drum hits of his own. These are combined with spacey synths and sharp string stabs, giving 'Dirty Talk' a more classic techno/house fusion flavour. In contrast, Werner uses the opportunity to turn in a triple-X-rated interpretation full of bounding, Chicago-influenced beats, intergalactic pads, sleazy acid lines, and sweaty, surging drum fills. It's a fittingly breathless remix.
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