Article by Jamie Kass
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Hailing from Detroit, Michigan, Scott Pitcock, better known to the world as Butch Clancy, wasn’t always mixing heavy bass with melodic lyrics. In fact, Butch got his foot in the door weaving rap and hip hop beats over a decade ago, under the moniker Scott the Engineer. After running solo as The Engineer, Pitcock started a hip hop production team called “Beatzzeria” with Anthony Diem. But after some complications about four years ago, the team went their separate ways and the bass crushing alter ego of Butch Clancy was born.
Jumping head-first into the Dubstep world, Butch Clancy created his own style of music that fuses some of the grimiest bass with the soft, often sensual vocals that have become exceedingly popular with the masses. He has also transformed some of the hottest tracks by Calvin Harris, Foster the People, and Sia into his own masterpiece creations with stunning remixes that are almost—if not more—pleasing than the originals. Butch was nice enough to let us all enjoy these massive tunes with his latest FREE release dubbed “The Freebies,” a compilation of tracks he has produced over the last few years.
Consisting of thirteen dynamic bangers ranging from dubstep to electro and everything in between, “The Freebies” demonstrates Clancy’s diverse abilities as a long-standing fixture within the EDM community. The first six tracks are originals, with “Boogie Knights” starting off the album strong incorporating island sounds with a deep dubby drop about halfway through. Next up is “Hard Eight,” which combines electro and dubstep. This track constantly changes paces, keeping the listener engaged from beginning to end with the myriad of complex sounds used. “Lonely” has a more classic oldies feel to it with its sexy, sultry lyrics, yet still stays true to the Butch Clancy sound with some of the heaviest bass drops and wobbles we’ve heard in a while, this track is absolutely a Dubstep.NET Favorite. “Low Tide” starts off slow but quickly picks up the pace with a more bouncy sound that you can’t help but move to, leading you perfectly into “The Devil’s Quid Pro Quo.” This track also consists of a mellow build up that progresses into a heavy drop, punctuated by unique samples, like the crisp snap of can opening. Last of his originals, “Heavy Glow”, is a funkier tune with delightful, poppy synths that make you want to boogie down, while also incorporating some of his classic bass wobbles, making for a more glitchy, mid-tempo track.
Next up are the seven remixes of the album, beginning with Calvin Harris’ “Feel So Close.” Clancy slows down the electro track adding heavier bass undertones, yet manages to consistently escalate the level of energy throughout the track with absolutely addicting drum-work. His monstrous remix of “Pumped Up Kicks” gained him a tremendous recognition as a newcomer in the scene. The inescapable bass drops laced with the indie lyrics of Foster The People evolved into one the biggest track of the year, attracting the attention of RemoteKontrol dancer Marquese Scott and quickly becoming a viral internet phenomenon. Katherine E’s “I’m Alright” proved to be another great track to remix due to the fast paced piano line mixed with slowed-down layers of extremely heavy bass.
“Pow 2011” by Lethal Bizzle is slightly different from his other remixes because of the marked Hip Hop vibe, but again is extremely high energy, keeping up with the rest. Clancy then brings the 70’s straight into the future with a masterful remix of the class “Simple Man” by Lynyrd Skynyrd. With this track, and the next, “Diamonds are Forever” by Shirley Bassey, he proves how a song from another era can be forged into a present day masterpiece. Last on “The Freebies” album is Butch Clancy’s remix of “Breath Me” by Sia. He transforms the haunting track into a deep and breathy bass-laden tune with the classic Dubstep sounds he is known for. Each of the thirteen tracks on the album has a uniquely different spin, showcasing Butch’s impeccable and highly diverse production abilities. His eclectic style will place him as a frontrunner in the electronic music scene for years to come; Butch is on the rise and he’s certainly not stopping anytime soon… how lucky are we to get all these bangers for free?
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