Toby Tobias - Pathfinder (Pathfinder EP)
The Pathfinder EP on DOG features four tracks
A2. Pathfinder (Fabrizio Mammarella Remix)
I've opted to go for the title track on the EP of the same name as for me the execution is absolutely spot on whilst at the same time there's a very warm soulful and melodic electronic vibe that I've found missing in so many new deep house tracks over the last few months (my fault as I should look harder I suppose)
I really like how the intro section on Pathfinder is abundantly musical and doesn't rely on the usual standard approach before getting to the "meat" of the track
There's definitely a sign of musical maturity on display here early on which acts as a great appetizer before we get into more energetic territory around the half way stage on this one
Keeping things restrained until the half way stage adds a sense of drama and occasion for me at least that keeps Pathfinder both interesting and heaps of fun at the same time
Never obvious but always engaging, definitely one for the floors early on in 2013 that should stay around long enough to stamp it's authority over the course of the next 11 months this year .... possibly longer
Here's what the industry has to say about Pathfinder
Toby Tobias joins the DOG crew for release number 29 and fits like the proverbial glove with an incredible EP which truly lives up to its name. Itʼs probably fair to say that Toby is one of the unsung heroes of the UK scene having played a pivotal part in developing the underground disco scene of the late noughties. His Late Night Audio parties alongside releases on Rekids, Letʼs Play House, Nang and Quintessentials speak volumes as to the mans skills and fastidious nature and here he delivers what weʼd be so bold as to say his best work yet with the 'Pathfinder EP'.
The title track kicks off and instantly you know youʼre in for a joyous ride with the rawest house-not-house beats, P-funk bass and echoing stabs. Toby has a way of mixing up the sounds and vibes to bring a fresh and original sound but with plenty of depth and drive. Next up Fabrizio Mammarella gets stuck into 'Pathfinder' reworking the original into a slightly straighter, bass-heavy monster of a track which keeps the dubbed-out chords but totally wreaks havoc on the bottom end when the bassline drops.
Flipping over weʼre treated to the slower paced 'Backbeat' which builds around floating chords, chopped vocals and a boogie-inspired bassline. A true Balearic beauty! Finally we have a stunning little number called 'Abregon' which completely defies categorization but manages to successfully fuse elements of jazz, fusion, hi life and house into a brilliantly quirky track which we challenge you not to want to do some freaky-deaky dance to.