To all but the most literate of electronic music buffs, Seattle’s Dave Pezzner may seem like a relative newcomer to the house and techno community. His debut Pezzner album, the much heralded ‘The Tracks Are Alive’ dropped on Freerange in 2010, following a spate of releases on the label since 2008. Subsequent releases on Om Records and Urbantorque, as well as remixes for American staple labels Mothership and Ghostly International have projected Pezzner once again on to the worldwide stage.
However those that have been watching and listening long enough have probably already discovered his work as one half of West Coast house duo Jacob London, noted for releases going back ten years on the likes of Doubledown and Classic Records. For 16 years he cut his chops with partner Bob Hansen, creating eccentric house and break beat rhythms.
Pezzner’s own work could be said to be more serious, with an abstract artistic sensibility, lofty percussive themes and intentions to create hypnotic soundscapes for the body as well as the brain. ‘The Tracks Are Alive’ is a 13-track walk-through of his organic sounding style, in full dance-floor mode traversing with ease between disco, house and techno.
Featuring heaps of brand new productions, remixes and originals, his live set continues to take him to the far reaches of the dance music globe, on stages including Mutek festival, Cielo in New York, Smartbar in Chicago, The End Up in San Francisco, Trouw in Amsterdam, Space in Ibiza and Seth Troxler’s DEMF party. The recent completions of hugely successful European and Australian tours signal the launch of his critical assault on the wider global circuit.