US-based Funk’n Deep Records, headed up by Durtysoxxx, has been one of the fastest-growing brands in the techno scene, particularly in the past year, with huge releases coming from artists like D-Unity, The Reactivitz, Spartaque, Skober, and more. The support they’ve been getting is well deserved, and we are proud to be reviewing this release from the main man himself.
The original mix is dark, driving, and straightforward, using classic vocals to add that extra emotional touch. The producer uses a few short breaks to provide an extra bit of tension that release with a bomb-shell blast as the track drops, an effect that’s a bit reminiscent of some of Raffaele Rizzi’s recent productions. The elements of darkness and groove are balanced to perfection, resulting in a tune that won’t be forgotten quickly.
Up next is a remix from Peter Bailey, which is our favorite track from the single. This mix is a bit more tech-influced, but still carries the vocal and the darkness from the original. For his mix, Peter has chosen a unique percussion line and pad combo that give the track a memorable, distinctive feel. As the break approaches, a deep and majestic melody rolls in like a siren call.
Sonate closes the release with his own interpretation of the track, and this version is by far the heaviest of the three. He makes use of the reverb from the original vocal for an ambient effect, and introduces a stab that becomes a hook at the end of the break.
Slam is still going strong with their “Soma Track Series” project. In this third installment, they take on a Richie Hawtin classic from 1993 in order to meet current dancefloor demands. It’s obvious that the Scottish producer duo is saving some of their finest productions for this series, for the quality of this track is just as impeccable as previous releases. What more is there to say? See for yourself why Slam continues to be such an incredible force in today’s techno music.
Slam’s interpretation of Jack Master’s “Bang The Box” is a particularly hard hitting track that’s already being embraced on dancefloors around the world. One could say that this track is somewhat of a blend of “Make You Move” and “Take You There”, but it’s the playfulness of the melodic lead that sets it apart from its counterparts. With the usual elements, like the distinct snare rolls and a repeating vocal sample, Slam delivers an addictive, minimalistic weapon in their unmistakable signature style.
My writing history probably reflects that Unrilis is quickly becoming one of my favorite labels of this year. After releasing “X-Pollination” and the “Solar” EP, the label decided to invite Kaiserdisco and Fabio Neural to present their absolute stormer of an EP. It should be noted that this EP is quite different from their usual releases, for both producers tend to lean more towards a deeper, tech house-oriented style. I always like to see producers broaden their horizon. Especially when it results in a pleasant surprise, like this EP.
“Stay With Me” starts off with a thumping kick drum, subtle shakers and reverberated ambiences, which set the tone for a fairly minimalistic track that shares a vague resemblance to Roberto Capuano’s “Trust”. I find it quite interesting how the various elements contrast with each other in this track. To illustrate, on one hand you have the tough kick, a rough stab and a trippy synth, but then there’s also the playful shakers, a smooth vocal sample and the soothing ambiences. It definitely makes for an interesting mix, which, as it turns out, works surprisingly well.
As the name suggests, things are kicking into full gear with “Rush”. With a kick drum of the same caliber as “Stay With Me”, rolling percussion that pushes the track forward, subtle, atmospheric pads and a small variety of ecstatic vocal chants, Fabio Neural and Kaiserdisco have managed to create a joyous and thrilling track that’s ready to take you on an exciting journey.
“Stay With Me” is scheduled for release on August 5th on Unrilis.
Today we share the newest EP from Netherlands producer Love Over Entropy (Michel Sanchez-Infante). First appearing in 2013 on Nuno Dos Santos’ label Something Happening Somewhere (SoHaSo), Love Over Entropy really made waves when Dixon retouched his original ‘Tonii.’ We encourage you to check out the back catalogue of Love Over Entropy, Nuno Dos Santos, and the whole label, as there’s tons of new music to discover. But today we highlight the three tracks from Love Over Entropy’s newest EP called ‘Sea’ – the title track, ‘Finisterre,’ and ‘Worth While.’
The title track ‘Sea’ may be instantly recognizable to some, as it’s been getting a lot of love lately. The track revolves around a strong, warm melody complimented with the repetitive vocal of ‘Sea’ and beautiful but not overbearing shimmering synths. ‘Worth While’ is next which takes the listener on a right hand turn into the deep. We recommend listening while while closing your eyes, soaking up every bit of the full acid synth lines and letting the full sound transport you away to some imaginative place. Finally comes ‘Finisterre,’ with its instantly identifiable fuzzy bassline and meticulous chord play. The full EP took us on a great journey, and is one of our new favorites.
Love Over Entropy ‘Sea’ is out today on SoHaSo in digital and vinyl formats!
It’s been nearly two years since Argentinian producer Shall Ocin (Nicolas Abalos) last released on Maceo Plex’s Ellum label, so today we are happy to share two new tracks ‘ISO’ and ‘SCI.’ Of course, this is not to say that Shall Ocin has not been busy during this time. Nicolas has released originals and remixes on labels such as Herzblut, Bpitch Control, and Hotflush, the latter of which saw one of our favorites, ‘The Cliff.’
The EP opens with ‘ISO’ (first heard back in Nov 2015 in Maceo Plex’s essential mix), which is a dark synth-based piece. The track really grows as it rumbles along, and is a nicely timed piece with the culmination occurring around the 3:30 mark. ‘SCI’ takes a turn for the edgier, with intricate chord stabs and a chunky bassline. This a real techno track right here.
Listen below and let us know what you think! Shall Ocin ‘ISO/SCI’ is out now on Ellum.
After the release of “Breath” on Unrilis, which was about a month ago, Mars Bill is back on the label for the release of his collaborative effort with Marco Conte aka Audiomatiques. It’s not the first time the two producers are working together, for they’ve already successfully released tracks on labels like Octopus, MKT and Respekt. Now the journey continues with “Solar”, which contains two originals and a remix by Stephan Hinz. This release can best be described as a varied EP with each track offering something for a completely different setting.
The EP opens with “Solar”, which seems to be mostly defined by Mars Bill’s signature sound. The track starts out strong with bouncy drum rhythms that are hard to resist and slowly builds up with various layers of echoey stabs, rhythmic synth loops and distinct, atmospheric pads that work together really well in this understated, but also festive sounding track.
Stephan Hinz delivers a particularly deep interpretation of the title track. He has taken away most of the momentum from the original, but retained the melodic leads, which have been diluted quite a bit. Additional weary synths contribute to the ambiance of this monotonous track, which isn’t the strongest contribution to this EP, I’d say, but it definitely helps in bringing some variation to the release.
“Theory” has a somewhat softer sound than “Solar”, which seems to carry some more Audiomatiques influences. This becomes really clear when you compare the track to “Rainbow”, a production that he brought out a few months ago. With light percussion and a deep, resonating bass that seems to relay some Timmo influences, the Italian producers have created a foundation for the rigid, but also jittery sounding lead that makes this track a somewhat repetitive journey.
Enrico Sangiuliano is getting ready for the release of his second massive EP of this year. After bringing out “X-Pollination” at the end of March, he’s now releasing his highly anticipated track “Hook At The Border”, which quickly gained notoriety when Luigi Madonna played it in his set at the Awakenings Drumcode Special last year. Aside from the original, the EP also features two remixes by Paride Saraceni, which provide a deeper take on Sangiuliano’s track. With the heavy support this EP is getting already, I’d be quite surprised if this EP isn’t gonna end up as one of the top releases of 2016.
“Hook At The Border” follows the trend of “X-Pollination”, but what’s different in this track is that it’s quite melodic and also more focused in its delivery. Enrico’s less-is-more approach has worked quite well and this has resulted into a solid dancefloor-oriented track that sets the mood with atmospheric effects, a subtle, yet infectious melodic riff and resounding chants that immediately fill the room. This standout track will work really well in big venues, but it’s also subtle enough to create the right atmosphere in a smaller setting.
Paride Saraceni takes the listener on a completely different journey. His first remix is a deep track that uses just enough elements from the original for it still to be considered a remix. The track alternates between monotone dub sections and melodic breaks, which creates an interesting contrast. On a few occasions, the two overlap, but the monotone elements are still the defining factor in this track.
With his second remix, Paride Saraceni showcases an even deeper side of himself. This laidback track has basically left the constraints of techno and uses minimalism to the point that it’s pretty much indistinguishable from the original. It puzzles me why this track was also included on the EP, for it definitely doesn’t match with other releases from the Tronic catalogue. Could this be a step into new territory from Christian Smith?
Enrico Sangiuliano’s “Hook At The Border” EP is out on July 4th on Tronic.