Vinicius Honorio – Heartbeat

Vinicius Honorio - Heartbeat

After gaining much traction last year with his Drumcode EP “Through The Darkness” and the release of “Diamond Dust” on A-Sides Volume 6, London based producer Vinicius Honorio decided to step up his game and created his own label, called Liberta Records. In March he released his first EP “Dying Of The Light” and now he’s following up with five-tracker “Heartbeat”, which contains the highly anticipated track with the same title and showcases the development of his sound, which has become much darker and more minimalistic in its nature.

“Scatter” starts out with light and bouncy percussion, but the atmosphere of the track quickly gets turned around at the 2 minute mark, where a gloomy synth sequence takes over and turns it into quite a desolate place. The track is spruced up with grim bass/vocal shots, which manage to break up the drone of the main lead a little bit, but unfortunately, aren’t enough to really bring the track to life.

The opening of “Heartbeat” may remind you of the style of Petter B, but as soon as the dark basses kick in at the 2:30 mark, you’ll know there’s a different force at work here. Guided by a pondering voice that addresses the essence of techno and luring pads that pop up occasionally, Honorio takes the listener on an exhilarating journey in a harsh and unforgiving world.

“Don’t Look Back” can be described as the more calm and friendly version of “Scatter”. The track builds up slowly with swelling pads and murky sound effects, until, at the 2 minute mark, the main lead kicks in. As the track progresses, the main melody follows a wave-like motion, increasing and decreasing in pitch and volume, but abruptly ending at the 6 minute mark, leaving the DJ just enough time to mix in the next track.

On “The World We Know” we’re treated to a compelling mix of calm and uplifting elements. A repeating bass sequence is intertwined with scattered vocal chops and a smooth, sidechained pad that gives the track sort of an underwater feel. The end result is an immersive track that draws you in and submerges you into an atmospheric pool of sounds.

Final track is the dub version of “Heartbeat”, which, apart from the vocals, is identical to the earlier mentioned version on this release.

“Heartbeat” will be released tomorrow on Liberta.

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Various Artists – A-Sides Vol. 6

A-Sides Vol. 6

Drumcode has released the 6th installment of the A-Sides series, which is greatly renowned and for a good reason. The concept of the series is to feature tracks that are of high enough quality to be A-sides for their own EPs, but for which other tracks could not be found to complete the release. Each volume features a mix of Drumcode’s main artists along with some new faces. This edition sees the return of legendary household producers, such as Enrico Sangiuliano, Timmo, Luigi Madonna and Roberto Capuano, while welcoming Spektre, Amelie Lens, Mars Bill, Wehbba and others to offer their contributions to the label’s history. Due to the sheer volume of tracks, I’ve decided to select my favorites from this compilation, which are six tracks in total. You can find a link to the full release below.

Amelie Lens kicks off the compilation with “In Silence”, a minimalistic track in her signature style, but with a highly contagious acid twist. The Belgian producer has brought together rolling basslines, acidic arpeggios that twist and turn and calming vocal samples that make an appearance on a few occasions. With just these elements, Lens has created a compelling track that will definitely be of interest to lovers of the harder varieties of techno.

Brazilian producer Wehbba is a newcomer to the Drumcode family and for this occasion he’s created a dark and menacing track that’s nothing like his usual productions. The main focus of the track is a heavy sidechained bass, which has been augmented with rhythmic synth- and vocal patterns. An eerie arpeggio playing in the background creates the necessary tension, while an array of different sounds and effects breaks it up and prevents the track from becoming too monotone.

Adam Beyer and Enrico Sangiuliano have joined forces for the first time and the result is just phenomenal. “Preset Heaven” features an infectious melody, which is backed by subtle pads and Sangiuliano’s signature bass stabs. What gets me most, though, are the exhilarating vocals chants that immediately fill the air with love and elation. There’s no doubt about it, this is my absolute favorite track from this release and probably one of my all-time favorites from the Drumcode catalogue.

Pig&Dan’s “La Bruja” stands in stark contrast with their other Drumcode releases and is more in line with the tracks that usually end up on their own Elevate imprint. The structure of the track is simple, which is centered around an exquisite melodic loop. Aside from a few sound effects here and there, the track doesn’t stray very far from the beaten path, which can get a bit repetitive on occasion. For me, though, there’s just something about that irresistible melody that makes me listen to it over and over again.

The opening of Timmo’s “Muzik” features a loomy sub-bass and ponderous vocal cuts that have been contrasted with vigorous percussion. This section plays out for exactly two minutes and sixteen seconds before emerging pads swoop in and bring some playfulness to break up the weary mood of the track. Unfortunately, they only persist for a minute or so, which leaves us with two and a half minutes that don’t bring anything new to the table. This doesn’t make it a bad track or anything, but I will say that I’ve come to expect a bit more from the Bulgarian producer.

Observant listeners will have noticed already that Dense & Pika’s “Just A Beat” has some similarities with “Going Down”, which was last year’s collaboration with Adam Beyer. There are some differences as well, which are the wide selection of reverberated sounds that have been scattered around this production as well as the quality of the sounds, which are exceptionally crisp. Overall the track is quite an immersive experience, which is kept somewhat grounded through the reiteration of coarse vocal cuts.

The “A-Sides Vol. 6” compilation has been released today on Drumcode. You can check out the other tracks on SoundCloud or on Beatport.

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Credits go to M1KRONAUT for writing the intro text (that I modified a little bit).

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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