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Gary Burrows – All Your Dreams

Gary Burrows - All Your Dreams

It was at the end of last year that Gary Burrows made an impressive debut with two tracks (“You & Me” and “Why Can’t We See?”) on the “Prospekt EP01” compilation. Around that time, Spektre was already hammering “All Your Dreams” in their livesets and podcasts, which was destined to be released on their label as well. It was a bit of a wait, but now the highly anticipated track finally sees the light of day. It comes with a remix by Ukrainian producer Yan Oxygen and an additional track by the British producer as well. I’m very excited to share this release and I hope you’ll like it just as much!

Opening track “All Your Dreams” is a thundering track that’s firing on all cylinders. Gary uses a combination of oldskool vocal samples and a chilling arpeggio that’s been made out of the hardest of materials. The underlying, distorted bass, which materializes and vanishes at certain intervals, adds to the rave portion of the track and cements it all together. In just five minutes, this high energy festival track will manage to lift your spirits and get your heart pounding at a rapid pace.

Yan Oxygen brings the listener into deeper territories with his remix of the title track. While the changes made to “All Your Dreams” aren’t revolutionary, the softer percussion, the slowed down main riff and the additional pads definitely bring a certain calmness to the track. In the process, the track has also lost some of its momentum, which is a bit unfortunate. This could’ve been avoided by a less drastic BPM change.

Final track “Koda” shows a completely different side of the British producer. Even to the point that I wonder if I’m actually listening to a new Shelley Johannson production. This isn’t a bad thing, of course, for this deep track with its ominous vocals definitely speaks to the senses. The percussion is soft, yet still energetic and provides something for everyone on the dancefloor.

“All Your Dreams” is out now on Respekt Recordings.

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Raffaele Rizzi – Secret Combination

Raffaele Rizzi - Secret Combination

After debuting on “The Blokk Vol. 2” last year, Italian producer Raffaele Rizzi returns to Unrilis for the release of his first EP on the label. On this EP, which features two original tracks plus a remix of the title track by German duo Drumcomplex, Rizzi returns to his usual style, which is a bit of a surprise after the release of his “Hybrid / Under The Lights” EP from a few months ago. Even though this release isn’t as refreshing as his Tronic EP, “Secret Combination” is still a solid effort and definitely worth checking out.

Title track “Secret Combination” opens with a hard hitting kick and a somewhat restless melody that slowly fades in. This combination results in a calm, but also driven effort that has some hypnotic tendencies. While the arrangement is fairly straightforward and doesn’t contain many twists or turns, the journey is still intriguing and definitely keeps you going.

Even though the Drumcomplex remix of “Secret Combination” does not stand in stark contrast to the original, the German duo has certainly made some positive changes to it. Aside from bringing in additional percussion layers and rearranging the main riff to make the track more dynamic, they’ve also supplemented an extra synth, which brings some more depth to the track. Thankfully, its use is subtle enough to not draw too much attention away from the main melody.

Final track “Total Black” is not so melodic. The first three minutes consist of soft percussion, airy atmospherics and irregular synth bursts and vocal loops. Except from the melodic break at the three minute mark, the track doesn’t deviate from its course, which results in a bit predictable, but certainly not a lifeless effort.

Raffaele Rizzi’s “Secret Combination” EP will be out today on Unrilis.

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Vinicius Honorio – Through The Darkness

Vinicius Honorio - Through The Darkness

If you’ve been following Adam Beyer and listened to one of his Drumcode Radio Live episodes recently, then you’ve most definitely heard of Vinicius Honorio. The London based producer has a proven track record with releases on labels such as Funk’n Deep, Renesanz, Unity and Elevate, which is only the start of more great things to come. With his first Drumcode release in the pipeline (that’s scheduled for release next week), he even got a DCR172 tattoo, which speaks volumes about his passion and dedication to the music. The four-track EP he’s releasing, conveys just as much emotion, but leans more towards the melancholic side. All in all, a worthy Drumcode debut!

The EP opens with “Walking Shadow”, which quickly sets the tone with moody pads and howling synths. This is offset by drum’n’bass inspired percussion and rough bass grooves that make their way into the mix at the 2:30 mark. Both sections complement each other nicely and make that the melancholic portion doesn’t overshadow the solid, danceable backbone of the track.

Second track “Through The Darkness” starts out with a light percussion repertoire that gently leads the unsuspecting listener into a much darker place. Honorio has used a mixture of haunting arpeggios, ominous basses and lamenting vocals to turn this track into a dark, brooding expedition. While the arrangement is fairly straightforward, it carries just the right balance of anticipation and intensity to be mesmerizing throughout.

“Desolate” is a lighter affair, but it does express stronger sentiments of sorrow. These are conveyed through a dreary synth loop and mournful vocals, which have been used more sparingly. Driving percussion and subtle atmospherics provide an industrial setting, which gives the track quite a desolate feeling. This won’t make it the ideal candidate for your average spring-themed set, but it’s still a solid production nonetheless.

Final track “Out For Blood” stands out most on this EP, mainly for its use of industrial hits and stabs that instantly reminded me of the prevalent style of techno from five years ago. The arrangement alternates between the desolate synths, which provide a modern touch and the mechanical sounds, which are the definitely the tastemaker in this track. This hard hitting track is meant to be played loud and will instantly turn your party (or even your late night study session) into a massive, industrial rave.

“Through The Darkness” will be out on April 10th on Drumcode.

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Tiga – Louder Than A Bomb (Dense & Pika remix)

 

Tiga - Louder Than a Bomb (Dense & Pika remix)

Dense & Pika are back with yet another remix of a Tiga track. After taking on “Planet E” last year, they went into the archives and dug up the classic “Louder Than A Bomb” from the early 2000’s. But it’s not just remixes the British duo is known for, because they’ve also been impressing the techno scene with heavy hitters such as “Edging Forward” and their collaboration EP with Adam Beyer. But also, let’s not forget their deeper material, like “Colt” and “Lack Of Light” on Hotflush. This remix attempts to integrate elements from both worlds, which has definitely resulted in a heavy hitting and fresh sounding production.

Dense & Pika’s take on “Louder Than A Bomb” is a stripped back, dancefloor-oriented weapon that revolves around the acapella from the original production. While the use of rap vocals in techno is very unusual, it works exceptionally well in this track, for it manages to create a great rhythmic flow. While a heavy sub-bass brings some more dynamics to the track, an atmospheric pad and a repeating synth sequence are providing depth and further bring the track to life. I’d say this remix is a great, modern update of the Tiga track and I expect that it’s already being played on dancefloors around the world!

“Louder Than A Bomb” is out now on Turbo Recordings.

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Raffaele Rizzi – Hybrid / Under The Lights

Raffaele Rizzi - Hybrid / Under The Lights

Raffaele Rizzi is a name that techno fans should all be familiar with by now. While he’s known for his versatile productions and his attractive blend of techno and tech house, in the last few years the Italian producer has been leaning more and more towards a techno-oriented style, which becomes apparent when you compare this EP to his earlier releases on Tronic. The EP provides two tracks, which I can describe best as no-nonsense dancefloor weapons. It’s a great testament to Raffaele Rizzi’s vision and an excellent addition to the Tronic catalog!

“Hybrid” is a calm and well-structured track that starts out with sturdy percussion, until a short vocal interlude transitions us to the deeper portion of the track. The balance between the rough synth stabs (that are very prominent) and the sidechained pads (in the background), makes for an engaging track, but also one that does not overwhelm the listener. Additional melodic touches during the break and a repeating vocal sequence provide the necessary variation in this composition.

“Under The Lights” kicks things up a notch by opening with a rolling bass sequence and rhythmic shakers. While the previous track can be described as a bit static, for this one Rizzi has brought out all the dynamics. This is expressed through a playful pattern of drawn-out and shorter notes that interact with each other. During the break, Rizzi slowly drives up the tension and the intensity and even adds some acidic apreggios into the mix. When the percussion kicks in, the track starts building up again, but does so in a much more subtle fashion.

“Hybrid / Under The Lights” will be released on February 13th on Tronic.

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Black Vise – Implications

Black Vise - Implications

It’s been a bit of a wait, but now the first release from Canadian producer Black Vise is finally here. With his involvement in the local underground music community in Vancouver, called “Groundwerk”, he’s slowly been building up his reputation, which didn’t go unnoticed by The YellowHeads, who have been hammering his tracks in their live sets and podcasts. A release was bound to follow and to kick off the first release on Reload Black FMLY, the fourth addition to their label imperium, they invited Black Vise to do the honors. The result is this four-tracker, which unveils the highly-anticipated track “Two Swords.[Worth]”, but the other tracks are also a promise of more great things to come. Watch out for this guy, for he’s got a lot to offer!

Opening track “Empty.[And.Self]” starts off with somber bass meanderings, but slowly picks up after the 1:40 mark when a short melodic hook is introduced. The tension increases as the track is layered with sharp, dissonant pads that quickly take over and drive the track home. It’s a powerful sequence that manages to instill a strong sense of despair and melancholy into the listener.

Next up is the remix from The YellowHeads, who stripped the track from some of its distinct features and gave it a somewhat lighter touch. The addition of reverberated effects and muffled vocal stabs transforms it into a refreshing techno cut that’s quite irresistible and also a little endearing.

The journey continues with “Two Swords.[Worth]”. On this track, Black Vise brings out an intriguing melodic arrangement, which is expressed through sweeping pads and emotional melodic blips. This main sequence is offset against driving rhythms and echoing sound effects, which proves to be a good balance. It’s hard to characterize the overall feeling of this track, for it’s a passionate mix of desire, sorrow and excitement. It’s an outstanding track that’s already one of my favorites of 2017!

Final track “Reduce.[To.You]” is dominated by a somewhat unusual percussion loop, which draws inspiration from genres such as breakbeat and drum’n’bass. After the 1:30 mark, the track dives into deeper territory when the droning atmospherics fuse together with a deep, rumbling bass sequence. While I’d describe the track as very captivating, it’s also somewhat monotone, which is a bit of a bummer.

Black Vise’s “Implications” EP is out now on Reload Black FMLY.

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Arjun Vagale & Ramiro Lopez – We Are Odd

Arjun Vagale & Ramiro Lopez - We Are Odd

Odd Recordings is an Indo-Spanish cross-pollinized techno label that is the brainchild of producers Arjun Vagale and Ramiro Lopez. The enigmatic duo had already been making waves last year with their so-called “oddCAST”, but now the time has come for the first official release on their label. The “We Are Odd” EP features two tracks, which have been produced by the label bosses themselves. It’s a promising EP that indicates a bold statement of intent for the label, so I suggest you keep an eye on the releases that will follow!

Opening track “Oddball” packs quite a punch. Menacing drums shuffle alongside trippy arpeggios and monotone vocal parts. The first three minutes of the track are fairly straightforward, but during the (somewhat unnerving) break a new synth is introduced, which brings some more purpose and excitement to the arrangement. Some say strength lies in simplicity and that’s definitely the case for this track.

“Even Flow” brings some more atmospheric elements into the mix. Early on, a mysterious pad sets the tone for the track, while a rolling percussion section makes its way to the foreground. At the 1:45 mark the tone shifts drastically when the pad is being replaced by a determined, rhythmic lead. Additional pads, a deep bassline and squealing arpeggios bring some more depth and variation to this interesting journey, that can also be described as a little odd…

“We Are Odd” is scheduled for release on January 20th on Odd Recordings.

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