Release Date: Jul 5, 2011
Record label: Running Back
Genre(s): Electronic, House, Pop/Rock, Club/Dance, Progressive House
"We love loops." This is the most important and thoroughly unnecessary statement secretive dance duo Tiger & Woods said in what is one of the few interviews they've given to date. Because listening to their debut album, Through the Green, it is blindingly, stupidly obvious that they love loops. Though they belong to a tradition of disco and funk edits that dates back to the early 1980s (a tradition that saw a major revival in the last half-decade), they've essentially applied power pop's maxims-- all the good stuff, over and over again-- to their source material.
Tiger & Woods are a rather mysterious twosome. Here's what we know about the production duo: Tiger's first name is Larry and Woods' is David. Oh, wait—come to think of it, those given names seem suspiciously fake as well. But this we are certain of: The pair have been causing a commotion in the slo-mo-boogie and disco-edit worlds as of late, largely through the strength of a series of hand-stamped white labels released over the last year or so on the Editainment label.Then there was that great electrofunked remix of Hundred in the Hand's jangly disco-wave tune "Commotion," and a chugging, totally groovy RA podcast from this past winter.
Being that so many are copyright-infringing bootlegs, collections of “edits” don’t often get official releases, yet Tiger & Woods’ Through the Green gives the everyday shopper a rare look into this world of white labels and hypnotic loops. Don’t expect things to change much as the duo's edits are minimal beasts built from breakdowns and bridges, but if you’re in the mindset, this is chopped post-disco heaven with Prince, electro, new wave, and all things ‘80s swirling in the clean mix. A good place to start is the conga and fader epic called “Kissmetellme” or the up bit of sunshine funk dubbed “El Dickital.
If you are a dance music aficionado simply looking for something to shake your butt to, then Tiger & Woods might be for you. For everyone else, Through the Green will likely be an exasperating listen. The duo work almost exclusively in the fields of disco and samples, and yes, disco samples. These tracks are generally built from a handful of different sources; a drumbeat here, a bass line there, a string figure or rhythm guitar riff over there, and occasionally some vocals.