I’ve been playing this tune so much on the drives to and from work.
It’s a rare tune, honestly. I might be alone in thinking that it’s one of the best club tunes ever, but it’s for a couple of reasons.
I picture Flava D sitting down and going through all her favorite garage/grime tunes (maybe Dom Perignon & Dynamite stuff), as well as digesting classic club mixes, and then deconstructing what was so great about all of them. And picking all of those factors and implementing them into a tune.
That should be the ideal way of creating your individual sound, right? Sorta like listing all your favorite aspects of a genre, and then making it your own. I just watched Bok Bok’s RBMA lecture and it goes into detail about that process for his tune Silo Pass.
Good DJ blends and transitions are so hard to come by. You need to be a total badass to be able to find tunes that are in the same key and have drum patterns that work well together. I’m still in love with this blend I heard DJ Oneman do that had him mixing 50 Cent/Justin Timberlake’s “Ayo Technology” with Girl Unit’s Showstoppa (so tight). But, yeah, the way Flava D maneuvers “Home” as a production, it’s like she’s mixing a blend live in the studio.
Notice how in 2:06, the song’s drum beat stops and all you hear is the bassline and melody combo. Almost like Flava D lets the club-goer breathe for a second. Then at 2:10, we go back to the song.
That’s like classic crossfade DJ transitions. When DJs do it between songs, they’ve figured out that both songs in the mix work so well together. Once you’ve realized that, you can juggle the tunes around and it makes both turntable nerds and casual listeners go nuts.
Flava D does that a lot in this song and it’s prime gunfinger flex.
Melody & Bassline
Heard of the Brown Note? It’s a certain frequency that makes you lose control of your bowels. Well I’m positive the same can be applied to specific basslines and melodies that flip you out and make you lose control of your emotions really.
Flava D has the bassline down-packed. Using a familiar grime synth (I’m sure you can find it in one of those grime sound kits) as the core, and a really high-pitched sample to coat the bass with a glowing melody.
It’s really great to see the journey Butterz has taken since I first heard them. They’ve gone on to release tons of music, start a club night and collaborate with clothing lines. As far as sound goes, Flava D’s “Home” is both really familiar and kinda foreign, no? Sounds like Royal-T and Swindle kinda, but also kinda feels like an organic early-00s garage tune.
But yeah, I expect Home will be played even more when my vinyl comes in to my crib.