Roland Clark "What The F**ck"
Get Physical is thrilled to share another take on an old Roland Clark classic.
From Roland himself:
The song WTF derived from a piece I wrote entitled I Get Deep back in 1999. The entire piece is an observation of how the house music club scene had changed from my earlier years of being organic and pure to something disingenuous. The people were still packing the clubs but the dance moves went from a flowing big hommage to the track that was playing to a movement of the body just for the sake of the movement. The tune is primarily from a dancer’s perspective and frustrations. Hence the line,.
THEY KNOW WHAT IS WHAT, BUT THEY DON’T KNOW WHAT IS WHAT, THEY JUST STRUT, WHAT DA FUCK
For this release Santé has delivered his own take on the track. In his remix, he reduces the track to the basics, and adds a bit of electronic honey on top. Lush synths and driving percussion support the iconic vocal in a fresh way.
Biography Roland Clark
Roland Clark is known as House Music's Songsmith, Producer, Deejay, and Vocalist, all in one. He was born in New Jersey however hails in New York City for his musical upbringing. Some of Roland Clark’s early recordings helped to define the underground house scene in NYC in the 90s. Under the alias South Street Player he had a big hit in 1993 with "Who Keeps Changing Your Mind" released on Strictly Rhythm. His latest alter ego Jesus Jackson pegged the 3rd season opening of the show Grey's Anatomy with his song "Running On Sunshine".
Roland's voice is often described as wildly erotic, soulful, loving, and deep. His voice penetrates throughout the different realms and sub genres of House Music and his vocal touch is consistent; he is considered by many to the "Voice of House". His lyrics are powerful and political, and his voice is instantly recognized by everyone in the electronic dance music culture. Roland has written and sang vocals for many top producers, and his voice gives the tracks their soul and meaning. He is a featured vocalist on many Fatboy Slim releases, including the hit "Star 69 (What The F**k)" and Armand Van Helden's gorgeous "Flowerz". As Roland (under the alias Urban Soul) says himself on King Street Sounds' 2003 hit "President House" ... "If House is a nation, I Wanna be President".
Roland has also made a name for himself with his phenomenal deejaying and production skills. In 2000 he scored a huge hit with "I Get Deep" and had another massive hit in 2003 with "Resist". His production contributions fuse together many artists' best works, and he has worked together with other producers such as Todd Terry, Kenny Dope, Mark Knight, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Bob Sinclair, and many others. Roland has had his share number one tracks on both Beatport and Traxsource, and is one of the only artist to have a number one track at both sites at the same time.
Roland's sound can be described like a chameleon that goes from a raw deep bass drive to a ceremonial tribal explosion as well as some hypnotic techno. In 2006, Roland started his own record label, Delete Records, which brought out the 2012 hit "All Of Me" featuring the legendary Robin S, and the 2015 full-length album Afromation that contained the smash hit "Whuup", which was the top selling track on Traxsource and the most played track at Miami Music Week that year.
In 2014, Roland was inducted into Pete Tong's BBC Hall Of Fame and received the BBC Radio 1 Legend Award for all of his vocal, production, and deejay accomplishments. Roland is the official spokesperson for Pioneer DJ's Rekordbox and has a weekly radio show on Pioneer Radio called "I'm With The DJ" that is aires every Monday and features mixes from himself and guest mixes from other notable deejays.
In summer of 2016, Roland took Ibiza by storm and deejay'd in all of the biggest clubs, including Amnesia, Cafe Mambo, Cafe Del Mar, and Pikes Hotel. His set at Cafe Mambo was broadcast live and had biggest live viewership in their history, with over half a million views. In late 2016 Roland was also hand picked by the owner of Strictly Rhythm Records to bring Strictly Rhythm into the millennia, and to help revive the legendary label and to sign new music and artists to the label. Roland Clark is definitely a force to be reckoned with in the underground electronic music world and has a lot of new productions and collaborations coming out in the end of 2016 and throughout 2017.
Berlin’s Santé emerged as part of a wave of new producers with a different cut to their electronic jib around the time that deep house was losing its way somewhat. His productions ooze character, charisma, soul, colour, humour and above all a sense of humanity.
After teaching himself to play the guitar in his early teens, Santé bought himself an Akai MPC-2000 when he was 16 and set the ball rolling for a life entrenched in electronic music. “I was totally into sampling and house” he recalls of those early days of button bashing and experimentation. He left his hometown when he was 21 to immerse himself in the dance music mecca that is Berlin. The plan was to study music at university, but failing the entrance exam meant he had to pursue other endeavours. A studio internship blossomed into a full-time career, with the emerging talent spending six years producing jingles and ad music and nurturing his passion for house music at any opportunity. Nothing was released, however, until one of his demos found its way to Matt ‘Radio Slave’ Edwards. His first ever release came out on Edwards’ acclaimed REKIDS imprint, setting the bar incredibly high and garnering him a lot of high-profile attention in the process.
The next major stepping stone for him was meeting two guys named Ali and Basti - also known as Tiefschwarz. “They were looking for a new engineer and took me to their label Souvenir, where I got the freedom to release my music and have a playground” he explains. This fruitful, intense relationship lasted three years before Santé decided to fly the nest in search of new pastures, his sophisticated sound developing all the while. In recent times, his style has taken on yet more verve, with the warmth of the house he has always known and loved now bolstered by a loose techno rhythm and percussive drive. The sensuality remains, yet with more dance floor urgency. Whether its one of his acclaimed live shows or one of his DJ sets you’re listening to, the infectious energy is always there.
He describes himself both as a party animal and a studio gremlin (“because you need to be both to do music!”), and cites his biggest influences as The Cure, Talking Heads, Aphex Twin and the Detroit techno pioneers and legends. Embracing both the convenience of the present (producing wherever he goes on his MacBook) and the charm of the past (one look at the rented 808 in his studio will attest to that), he is a producer who effortlessly spans the old and new skool in the most uncontrived of ways.
A look at his upcoming release schedule spells out what a diverse producer he is and how far his popularity ranges - from bastions of techno like Cocoon to the kings of big room house Defected, through to underground darlings like Desolat, Supernature and 8Bit. Few producers can claim such a breadth of imprints to be associated with at any one time. When you ask Santé to describe his musical style, he says he doesn’t really know how to - which goes someway to explaining his widespread appeal.
Plans for the future include his long-awaited debut artist album, which he promises will be more of a song-based affair than a straight-up collection of dancefloor grooves (“to show a few more skills”), and his fledgling Avotre brand, currently housing a record label and with a clothing line in the making. With his impressive release schedule to boot, he’s looking to be bigger than ever over the coming months.