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192 Clubbing: Sinking feeling that could sneak this into the charts.

Byline: Stuart Barrie

IT'S not going to be a shock to most clubbers that DJ Sneak's latest production Fix My Sink isn't exactly about plumbing.

House music has always had a raunchy side and the tune certainly has a sassy groove but it's the lyrics that have another agenda.

The simple "fix my sink" chorus, sung by the Sneak's cousin Bear Who, seems innocent enough, but the implication behind it taps into something far seedier. Which is just the way Sneak likes it. He says: "We're trying to be dirty but keep it clean. Fixing the sink is a special thing a man can do for a woman. You can take it for what it is - but when you see the video you'll see what we're getting at."

Born in Puerto Rico, DJ Sneak moved to Chicago in the mid-Eighties, where he was seduced by House music and served his apprenticeship in the same clubs with legends such as Frankie Knuckles and Steve Hurley as they were pushing the burgeoning house sound.

The city was saturated with talent and Sneak was quick to realise production was the way for him to get noticed. In 1994, he teamed up with Cajmere (aka Green Velvet) who released Sneak's early tracks on his label.

At that time Sneak's idiosyncratic sound of disco filtered house grooves was groundbreaking and made his name in the dance world were he became a direct inspiration for the next generation of producers like Basement Jaxx and particularly Daft Punk.

The larger than life Sneak says: "I went to the University of House in Chicago. Now I've got my master's degree and I'm sharing it with everybody. I like that people respect me. The more the message gets out, the more I know I'm doing it right."

Sneak's is still inspiring generations of DJs, with young guns Yousef and Lottie citing him as a major influence. With this single and the forthcoming Housekeeping album, Sneak wants a following that isn't just DJs.

He says: "In the past I've made underground tracks such as Hide From Your Bud and that's what I call a track. But this time around people need something more song related."

Fix my sink is out on Credence and Sneak plays Pressure tomorrow night at the Arches, with FC Kahuna, Umek. Doors 10.30, tickets are Pounds 18.
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