When you hear the name Flashmob, it's easy to instantly think of house anthem 'Need In Me' which saw a release on Defected in 2012 and is still a dancefloor mainstay. In the five years between then and now – Flashmob produced countless hits as a duo and collated some huge achievements, including the launch of the label Flashmob Records which made its debut in 2014 with support from Maya Jane Coles, Disclosure, Dusky, Eats Everything and Tiga to name but a few. No longer a duo and now fronted by Alessandro, EARMILK were keen to hear about the transition from duo to solo act.
The main reason for the change I suppose is my infinite drive to move the project to an even bigger scale and level, that of course means bigger sacrifices and dedication. I feel when you get to this level either you are perfectly in line with what you wanna do and how you wanna do it or it’s maybe best to take separate paths. I wanna run both labels in a certain way and invest both in that and in the radio show that is something we disagreed on. I have a more techno part of my studio work that at the time was sacrificed, I wasn’t happy with that either, and so on. Things have worked out for both of us since I have gone solo and I am also very proud to see Danny happier not to travel as much etc, and we are of course we're still great friends.
The first release of this year, 'Freakin' Babe' has joined the likes of Camelphat, Doorly and Solardo on Mark Knight's coveted Toolroom Records. Toolroom is a label synonymous with releasing well loved house and tech house – as well as expanding into Events, with Toolroom residencies and festivals to be found internationally.
Freakin’ Babe has been played for quite a while now by a number of heavy weights and a number of incredible labels were after it. I chose Toolroom in the end for a number of reasons, the first being that all the most relevant acts are releasing on this label, it has become the most credible and with a huge output. I sent the record to Toolroom and they immediately jumped on it, I feel Mark Knight has a huge talent spotting big tunes so I was really happy to see him bite “Freakin' Babe”.
'Freakin' Babe' is a deep tech house number of tom-based drums and a powerful female vocal, staying true to Flashmob's club sound. Supported by Danny Howard and Pete Tong at Radio 1 plus label owner Mark Knight, this one gained huge popularity and online interest for Track IDs. 'Freakin' Babe' is a huge release for the summer – but took Alessandro some time to perfect before it made it's debut on Toolroom.
This track was done quite a while back but I was never really convinced to release it, I road tested it so many times and then in Ireland I played it after some final adjustments and it blew the roof of the Hangar, so I understood it needed to be released. It was done in a few hours or a rainy day just after freaky person visited me, I can’t say more :-)
With this huge release only the beginning for Flashmob as an exciting solo venture, EARMILK were sure there would be lots to come in the pipeline – and we were not disappointed. With multiple releases due in the coming months, Flashmob is looking to be a heavy influence in this Summer's sounds.
I have a remix coming on my Flashmob LTD from Kompakt legend Terranova in June. A remix for Raffa FL on Material and one for DJ Hell for Gigolo Records 10 Years’ VA. Then I have remix of Romanthony “Let Me Show You Love” for Glasgow Underground. I also have a big release in July/August for a German label I cannot yet announce and I will def be dropping a single on my Flashmob LTD before the end of the year too.
'Freakin' Babe' is out now on Toolroom Records and is available to stream and purchase HERE