CRMBS and SCHEINY, emerging artists in the house music scene, have recently released two new tracks through Hood Politics Records, an underground label run by DJ Susan. Their first track, “The Way You Moov,” was released on December 6, and the second track, “Sidechick,” is out today.
“The Way You Moov” is a reworked version of the Outkast song “I Like the Way You Move.” CRMBS and SCHEINY have transformed it into a dance track with a catchy groove and bassline. “Sidechick” offers a new take on the Pointer Sisters’ “Betcha Got a Chick on the Side,” featuring a strong bassline and modernized vocal samples.
CRMBS and SCHEINY first met in 2017 on “Holy Ship” in the Bahamas. Since then, they have been collaborating and sharing music ideas. Both artists are focused on producing club-friendly tracks that are suitable for dance floors.
In addition to their new releases, CRMBS and SCHEINY are scheduled to perform back-to-back at Sound Bar in Chicago on December 9th. They will be supporting Wenzday, a well-known figure in the tech house genre. This event is an opportunity to experience their new music live.
These releases and the upcoming performance highlight CRMBS and SCHEINY’s growing presence in the house music community. Their work is characterized by its club-friendly nature and innovative reimagining of classic tracks.
They took the time out to chat with us for an exclusive interview – see below!
1. What inspired you each to remix “The Way You Moov”?
Spenser- “I had been experimenting with remixing the original version of the track live, and the crowd reaction was always super positive. The thought occurred to me like, “hey this would make an awesome throwback remix. It’s such a classic early 2000’s track, and since nobody has really dusted it off for a remix recently…we thought “hey why not?””.
Alex- Spenser initially approached me with the idea of flipping this Outkast sample, and honestly the first thought in my mind was , let’s NOT do “just another tech house remix”. I really enjoy playing breaks live, and they are a great way to switch up the energy on the dance floor, so turning this classic into a break was definitely the move for us.
2. “Sidechick” is described as a bold reimagining of the Pointer Sisters’ classic. Can you share the creative process behind transforming this iconic track into a percussion-forward bass house heater? What elements did you focus on to bring it into the 21st century, so to speak?
Alex- I grew up learning to play the drums in my parents basement. I would listen and play along to old records out of my Dad’s collection. One of those records happened to be the Pointer Sisters classic record “steppin” which features the track ‘betcha got a chick on the side’. Its got this grooving 4/4 beat and this saucy little whispered vocal that was just BEGGING to get turned into a house track. i
Spenser- We both knew we wanted this track to be something high-energy, that would really create a moment on the dance floor. Being that the original vocal was whispered, it didn’t seem to match the driving, punchy, and aggressive sound we were after. We decided to go ahead and re-record the vocal ourselves, which we then further manipulated with pitch shifting and processing to give the vocal the same energy as the track, and put it more in line with other tracks within the bass-house genre.
3. The collaboration between you two seems to be a natural fit. How has your dynamic evolved since you first met in 2017, and how does your friendship influence your creative process when working on music together?
Alex – So when I first met Spenser, we were both wearing full body chicken suits, raving on a cruise ship in the bahamas. To say we’ve both matured a bit personally as well as musically since then would be an understatement. We’re both more goal oriented in terms of our music careers, and have both really made a conscious effort to pour our hearts into our music production. It certainly helps that we have very similar tastes in music. But I think beyond that, we’re on similar paths so working together seems like the most natural thing in the world for both of us. I respect the hell out of Spenser’s ear and tastemaking skills,
Spenser- Yeah we’ve gone from “rave homies” that occasionally send music back and forth, to best friends that go on ski trips and travel the world together. On a musical level, we’ve both gotten more picky. We both know the vibe we’re trying to create on the dancefloor and yeah, our tastes so in sync certainly helps with all that. Alex is a talented producer and when you combine our skill sets, we’re a force to be reckoned with.
4. You have an upcoming performance at Sound Bar in Chicago, offering direct support for Wenzday. How do you prepare for a b2b set, and what can the audience expect from your performance on that night?
Alex & Spenser – This one’s gonna be wild! It’s going to be a 3 hour set and we’ve got so much new and unreleased music to share that all we can say is “buckle the fuck up”. We’ve spent a ton of time crate digging, making fresh edits, and planning out an absolute musical journey for the crowd. Wenzday is a super talented rising star in our genre, so to say we’re hyped to be offering her direct support, would be an understatement. It’s going to be an absolute monster night.