Review: Having previously proved they are more than capable of crafting accomplished house and techno with output on Further, Uzuri and Argot, Pittsburgh Track Authority further showcase their versatility on Edits Vol 1 which sees the US trio try their hand at disco edits. Face up the Pittsburgh Track Authority edit of "I'm A Dancer" leans heavily on the electronic side of the disco spectrum, deftly opening up from taut basslines and soaring synths into a huge arrangement of horns and wobbling arpeggios. Face down "All Night Long" contains the freakiest guitar lick we've heard since an In Flagranti track circa 2005.
Review: In three years of operation the power-house trio Pittsburgh Track Authority have hammered out a staggering amount of high-end material, focusing on outboard methods and a classic approach to house and techno that punches hard without losing the soul. Now they present their debut album, and it delivers on all the fronts you would hope for. There's a Detroit-friendly pressure to their production style, whether dropping the sample-licking heat of "Broader Disco" or whipping up a dubby synth icing on top of snaking techno opener "Genta", but they never put a put wrong. For instant satisfaction without a compromise on ideas, you can do far worse than these eight fine sounding cuts.
Review: Pittsburgh Track Authority come through with the latest release on their eponymous label, teaming up with fellow Pittsburgher Nice Recs for a four track 12" that delves deeper into the sumptuous terrains of house that the crew has already explored on Uzuri and Further. "Snap Off" is an undoubted centre piece of this release, the PTA's skill for arrangement evident throughout as the warm, heavily set groove slips through various melodic movements culminating in a wondrous concoction of playful synth patterns and shimmering chords. This is by no means the only highlight however, with "Get Out Of Your Head" exploding with reverberant colour midway through its shaken down disco groove and the stripped back drum machine flex of "Pittsburgh Rich" unfurling melodically in a similar manner.
Review: For their latest release, Pittsburgh Tracks has turned to Shawn Rudiman, an experienced producer arguably best known for previous releases on Applied Rhythmic Technology, Matrix and Detroit Techno Militia. There are four quality cuts to choose from, of which the muted Detroit futurism of "Works On Paper" - classic sounding riffs and spacey electronics over a rolling techno groove - and the acid-fired deep space thrust of "Switching Rails" are our picks for peak-time plays. That said, ultra-deep, daydreaming IDM closer "One More Sometime" is also superb, while "Last Light On" is a deep and driving techno box jam. In other words, it's an excellent EP.
Review: First producing in 2009, C.Scott is an MPC virtuoso inspired by hip-hop's golden era. He jumped head first into Pittsburgh's music community after having perfected his craft, maintaining a strong presence in the local electronic scene. After his 2016 debut release on Lumberjacks in Hell, this is his return to vinyl with a seven track EP on Pittsburgh Track Authority's imprint, that covers a wide variety of moods and grooves. From the soulful hi-tech jazz of "Departure", the low slung/slo-mo boogie down vibe of "Distance Fog" and the dusty late night deepness of "Daily" which is filtered to perfection and includes a remix from LA DJ/Producer Aaron Paar, who is one half of the legendary Teflon Dons.