PREMIERE: BUDD ‘Shift The Needle’ on Toolroom ADE 2019

Over the incredible number of tunes, we pick up our favorite, BUDD's Shift The Needle, an incredible groove-house tune that will make you dance all night.

Toolroom is ready to deploy a massive 70-track compilation for the annual Amsterdam Dance Event. With 13 exclusive tracks from Mendo, Sllash & Doppe and more, Toolroom ADE 2019 is one of the biggest compilation to date on the label.

With an incredible variety of house, techno, tech-house, and other sub-genres, the compilation features tracks for every taste. Over the incredible number of tunes, we pick up our favorite, BUDD’s Shift The Needle, an incredible groove-house tune that will make you dance all night.

Kicking off with a very clean rolling rhythm, Shift The Needle continues injecting an incredible top hypnotic synth. With an even cooler beat, the tune continues inflaming your sound system to open up in a deep-inspired breakdown. With cinematic and ambient melodic lines, BUDD Shift The Needle, as the name suggests, shifts styles on the various part of the tune creating an incredible feeling into the listeners. An amazing production by BUDD that we’re sure to hear a lot during this year ADE especially on the more underground and deep club.

We reached out BUDD and we asked him a couple of questions about the track and his project/s with Toolroom. That’s what he told us:

Shift The Needle is your debut record on Toolroom. Could you tell us more about it? how the track was born and, how you came up for a release on the label?

Shift The Needle is my first release as ‘BUDD’ on Toolroom but I’ve actually been working with the guys for over a decade actually under other project names so it’s nice to keep some of my new projects within the family. I did an artist album with the guys in 2010 amongst other things. Shift The Needle really came from me playing around as I do try to come up with really simple punchy melodic ideas rather than my usual way of composing with chords first. This one just came from the main synth sound and then the interplay between that and the bass. The drums and groove kinda came last on this occasion. As is so often the case, the best records are the ones that come quickly and quite easily and this one was quite fast.

You produce a very vast array of music genres, from progressive house to deep. Do you have a favorite genre that you like to produce? Have you ever thought to make something more techno-oriented but keeping your melodic signature sound?

I think this record is probably a little step towards the melodic side of techno (whatever that even is). Both progressive house and techno kinda blend into themselves more and more these days. There’s actually a lot of new material sat ready to go that’s more in that ballpark and a little deeper/darker and moodier, but then on the other side of the coin I’ve got 80s sounding jams, some killer song-based stuff and more “crossover” sounding material. Day to day I just go with how I’m feeling, sometimes it’ll be a downtempo cinematic type thing or a darker proggy record, or I’ll feel like doing a more melodic or euphoric type thing. Sometimes ill mock up an orchestral piece or a piano suite and then another day I’ll just want to make a face melter that’s purely a club tune. My big goal and that with my team is to be able to put my own “BUDD sound” on whatever I’m working on and people be able to recognize that it’s probably me in some way/shape or form.


In terms of a favorite, really anything that’s melodically driven ticks my boxes (which is weird as I’ve made a living a drummer for over a decade)

You have developed your unique sound over the year. Do you use any sort of analog gear in the studio or do you go all digital? Do you have a specific path that you follow while producing a new track or do you let your creativity going?

For someone who spends so much time sat in a studio I’m not really a gear head. I’ve used analog gear in the past, current I tend to be more in the box. In terms of a path that I follow, I’ll tend to begin with a melodic element or chords, maybe an arp…something that I can set a mood with and build up some kind of harmonic structure. Then the rhythm section will come a little later when I want to lock things into a groove. I guess I’m more composition heavy than just sitting and throwing loops or drums around. That’s not to say I won’t spend a day working on a drum loop mind HA!

The full Toolroom ADE 2019 compilation is availble for the download here or you can check below for the stream.

As every year, besides the annual ADE compilation, Mark Knight label will deploy one of the greatest party of all the conference. The 16th of October at Chicago Social Club n Amsterdam, Amine edge & DANCE, Hannah Wants, Leftwing : Kody, Mendo, Opolopo, Tube & Berger and tons more will perform from 22 to 5 in the morning for an incredible night of pure house music. Tickets and more info here.

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