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A Taut Line

by Shaun Mckenna

Staff Writer

Tokyo-based British DJ/producer Matt Lyne, aka A Taut Line, coruns the record label Diskotopia, with Brian Durr, aka BD1982. A Taut Line’s melodic broken house, garage and techno productions are just as influenced by the Chicago jazz and postrock scenes as by the 1980s Chicago house scene. Meanwhile, Greeen Linez, a joint project Lyne has with Hong Kong In The 60s member Christopher Greenberg, unites early ’90s dance music with ’70s and ’80s jazz funk. Keeping in mind the variety of music Lyne has been exposed to, we took a look inside his record bag.

Opening Number: Mim Suleiman — “Hebu” [Running Back]. Maurice Fulton-produced futurist-Afrobeat taken from the East African singer’s album “Tungi.” Just a very solid, stoic start to a set that I’ve taken to recently. Although if I want to begin slow and build, I’ll often kick things off with something like Patrice Rushen’s “Remind Me” or “Mambo” by Wally Badarou.

Golden Oldie: Mr. Fingers — “Can You Feel It?” (The original instrumental version) [Trax]. This 1986 deep Chicago house tune is unmistakeable; although often imitated nothing else quite sounds like it. Simple yet powerful, melancholic yet rapturous, it all depends on your mood when listening to it. I remember Chris Greenberg (from Greeen Linez) and I used to dance around his family’s living room to this for hours when we were 10 or 11 years old. Still play this out from time to time, and very often outside the clubs, there are times when nothing else really sits better.

New Classic: Oriol — “Coconut Coast” [Planet Mu]. This was released in the summer of 2010, and also featured on his album “Night And Day,” which came out about a month later. The whole album is incredible. I’ve been constantly playing this for two years now. When I found out that Oriol was in fact the older brother of a girl I went to school with, I felt even more of a connection. Sunshine-drenched bliss.

Floor Filler: A Taut Line — “In This Heat (Photomachine Remix)” [Diskotopia]. I appreciate how ridiculously arrogant it might look to put one of my own tunes in here, but it’s not my work I’m crediting, it’s Photomachine’s incredible remix. We released this last summer on Diskotopia, but still every time I play this track out it gets the best reaction from the crowd. He took my original and flipped it into something so much better!

Must-Listen: Myakkah — “Warehouse Soul EP” [Diskotopia]. The next release on Diskotopia. “Warehouse Soul” comes across like vintage NYC house recordings culled from dusty DAT tapes in the early ’90s that by contrast contained lost reel-to-reel Motown session outtakes. Definitely very excited about this release.

Set Closer: Sato Hiroshi — “Evening Shadows” [CBS/Sony]. The version I have (and play) is credited as being by Sato Hiroshi, although he was a member of Seaside Lovers and this track also features on Sunshine Lovers’ 1983 album “Memories In Beach House.” A perfect DX7 end-of-the-night tune.

Myakkah’s “Warehouse Soul EP” is Diskotopia’s next release and goes on sale May 21. Greeen Linez’s “Things That Fade” is set for release in July. For more information, visit www.diskotopia.com.