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Music Review: Various Artists – Winder 05

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After releases by Floog, Silat Beksi, IWOU and Ruven Medici, iO (Mulen)‘s dark and groovy operation-base Winder reaches its fifth chapter with a delicious VA catalogue. WINDER05 is a 2-on-2 battle between Romanians Costin Rp & Faster and Argentinians Franco Motta & Bernat

 

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The kickoff is entrusted to the Romanian team, with Costin Rp mighty “You Me Space”. Plucky lead rolls sweetly and sharp hats arise, fastly hitting on the top of the spectrum. Analog sounding pads and synths make the piece colourful and lively, whilst a retro-sounding synth charmingly clashes with tight drums in a superb contrast. Groove is light but engaging and bouncy, as the powerful upbeat bassline and we can’t stand still while the arps float. Proper party vibes.

 

 

“Necomestibil” by Faster goes slower and deeper. The whole mood is bit dusty and lo-fi sounding, and it’s easy to get lost in the harmonic texture. Drums are gentle and thick, not too bright. Track smoothly rolls till the break, where we can finally appreciate the profound bass at its full potential. A slow and poetic pad arises on the drop, laying softly on the groove. Bass is shacking, headbanger opening stuff.

  

On the flip we Buenos Aires’ very own Bernat who’s back after an incredibly productive 2019. The entitled “Mod” features a headstrong bass with a glidy and dirty tone. The harmonic layer is varied and everchanging, with a hail of tuned percs rolling thin on top of the groove. While noisy FXs sweep the mix, some melodic shots suggest listener a new emotional sense to the whole jam, aided by long-tailed pads and bleak chords.

 

 

Closing the EP is Franco Motta’s mental “Finish“. The track reveals is a dirty soul from the beginning, with pitched synths moving up and down uncontrolled. Swingy drums are woody and rigidly keeps the beat. A real-sounding bassline walks on the straight four fourth kick, while acid synths lead waving, coming in and out of the scene. Snare rolls building up, a cool, faded vocal on the background. A subtle vocal whispers the word “Seductive”, and this piece definitely is, with its nervous and clean pace.

 

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 Label owner iO (Mulen)

 

 

Words by Francesco Quieti & Francesco Zambianchi

Music Review: Arkityp – Pyramids Of Geezer [AKTP003]

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Conceived in 2015 as a party and then transformed the following year as a record label, Arkityp is the fusion of London’s Archie Hamilton and Rossko. From the very beginning, the project has generated an incredible hype around, as the pair have released both blissful deep cuts like “XR3i” and heads-down-hands-up stompers – as the name suggests – like “Maximum Boost”.

 

 

The second chapter called “3 for a Tenner” was released in 2018 and after a year hiatus to concentrate on their solo activity, the two halves meet again for AKPT003. In fact, both the guys have been super-productive over the last year, with Archie committed to releasing his debut album Archive Fiction and Rossko full-focused on preparing his upcoming Late Night Skanking label.

 

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 Click HERE to buy Pyramids Of Geezer EP – AKTP003

 

The project’s strength lies into a genuine long-time friendship and their ability on effectively complement one another, cutting down to the essential and providing exactly what the dancefloor needs, whether it’s peak time, sunset or those special after-hours moments.

 

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Arkytip then reaches its third instalment with the three-tracker “Pyramids Of Geezer” EP.

 

Opening with the infectious “Hyper Speed”, the Londoners up the tempo, delivering a high-octane club anthem. Their penchant for rich and dynamic soundscapes from across the house sphere quickly becomes apparent as they fuse driving synths and harsh drums beneath delayed vocals. The groove sounds sharp and boxy, with just the right amount of reverb, dense and defined, whilst the bassline flows liquid, undisturbed. Noisy snare rolls, introducing acid warped synths that culminate in an explosion of airy and uplifting spacey sounds. After the first few minutes, a catchy and emotional synth makes is appearance, stealing the limelight to the powerful groove. Grainy FX move all over the track, sweeping and washing out the mix. The speed continues to increase and it’s like a trip across the galaxy. We can clearly feel the tension the two wanted to express. Cruising in deep space. Dodging asteroids. Discovering new realities. Fasten your seatbelt, it’s “Hyper Speed” time.

 

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Up next, “Learning, Earning and Gurning” brings us down to earth, into the wiggly and trippy dimension so dear to both of the artists. Hypnotic leads stand out distant as the dubby percs wisely panned in the mix, while a robust kick and a snaking bass lay right in the middle, spelling the rhythm alongside pressing shaker-ish hats and overpowering snappy claps. Bell-like arps create a nice light atmosphere, whilst noisy pads shine in a huge space, merging with the heavily sidechained vocal. It’s the extreme-processed delay on the vocals that almost make them jump on the upbeat, creating a homogenous texture with the other drum elements, giving to the whole piece an endless rotation mood. There’s an impressive dose of craftsmanship in this music: confirming the two UK producers themselves as forward-thinking musicians.

 

 

Last up, “California Sunrise” definitely got the funk! Bass rolls super tight, with doubled congas hitting fast and swingy, reminding us in certain aspects the groovy “Ricochet” but in a heavier magnitude. Heads down. Hands up. Eyes shut. The clap is further apart, splashing in a wide plate. Dark pads create an evocative background layer, to which are added sinister strings and splashes of gloomy sounds. The main open-hat sounds very old school and introduces an interesting contrast with the grain of the other groove elements. There’s a very ambient-music imprint in the choice of the sounds used, in stark contraposition with the club-dimension of the track. In fact, when the track kicks in, abruptly, an acid bassline arises. The raw 303 sound is gritty and growly, answering to the dreamy stabs that open our panorama to a beautiful and wider view, only visible from the top of the pyramids of Geezer. Acid sunrise in the swing word. Stunning.

 

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ejy3Xpd268g

 

 

 

Words by Francesco Quieti & Francesco Zambianchi

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Music Review: Arkityp – Pyramids Of Geezer [AKTP003]

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Conceived in 2015 as a party and then transformed the following year as a record label, Arkityp is the fusion of London’s Archie Hamilton and Rossko. From the very beginning, the project has generated an incredible hype around, as the pair have released both blissful deep cuts like “XR3i” and heads-down-hands-up stompers – as the name suggests – like “Maximum Boost”.

 

 

The second chapter called “3 for a Tenner” was released in 2018 and after a year hiatus to concentrate on their solo activity, the two halves meet again for AKPT003. In fact, both the guys have been super-productive over the last year, with Archie committed to releasing his debut album Archive Fiction and Rossko full-focused on preparing his upcoming Late Night Skanking label.

 

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 Click HERE to buy Pyramids Of Geezer EP – AKTP003

 

The project’s strength lies into a genuine long-time friendship and their ability on effectively complement one another, cutting down to the essential and providing exactly what the dancefloor needs, whether it’s peak time, sunset or those special after-hours moments.

 

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Arkytip then reaches its third instalment with the three-tracker “Pyramids Of Geezer” EP.

 

Opening with the infectious “Hyper Speed”, the Londoners up the tempo, delivering a high-octane club anthem. Their penchant for rich and dynamic soundscapes from across the house sphere quickly becomes apparent as they fuse driving synths and harsh drums beneath delayed vocals. The groove sounds sharp and boxy, with just the right amount of reverb, dense and defined, whilst the bassline flows liquid, undisturbed. Noisy snare rolls, introducing acid warped synths that culminate in an explosion of airy and uplifting spacey sounds. After the first few minutes, a catchy and emotional synth makes is appearance, stealing the limelight to the powerful groove. Grainy FX move all over the track, sweeping and washing out the mix. The speed continues to increase and it’s like a trip across the galaxy. We can clearly feel the tension the two wanted to express. Cruising in deep space. Dodging asteroids. Discovering new realities. Fasten your seatbelt, it’s “Hyper Speed” time.

 

https://soundcloud.com/meoko/premiere-arkityp-hyper-speed-arkytip-03 

 

Up next, “Learning, Earning and Gurning” brings us down to earth, into the wiggly and trippy dimension so dear to both of the artists. Hypnotic leads stand out distant as the dubby percs wisely panned in the mix, while a robust kick and a snaking bass lay right in the middle, spelling the rhythm alongside pressing shaker-ish hats and overpowering snappy claps. Bell-like arps create a nice light atmosphere, whilst noisy pads shine in a huge space, merging with the heavily sidechained vocal. It’s the extreme-processed delay on the vocals that almost make them jump on the upbeat, creating a homogenous texture with the other drum elements, giving to the whole piece an endless rotation mood. There’s an impressive dose of craftsmanship in this music: confirming the two UK producers themselves as forward-thinking musicians.

 

 

Last up, “California Sunrise” definitely got the funk! Bass rolls super tight, with doubled congas hitting fast and swingy, reminding us in certain aspects the groovy “Ricochet” but in a heavier magnitude. Heads down. Hands up. Eyes shut. The clap is further apart, splashing in a wide plate. Dark pads create an evocative background layer, to which are added sinister strings and splashes of gloomy sounds. The main open-hat sounds very old school and introduces an interesting contrast with the grain of the other groove elements. There’s a very ambient-music imprint in the choice of the sounds used, in stark contraposition with the club-dimension of the track. In fact, when the track kicks in, abruptly, an acid bassline arises. The raw 303 sound is gritty and growly, answering to the dreamy stabs that open our panorama to a beautiful and wider view, only visible from the top of the pyramids of Geezer. Acid sunrise in the swing word. Stunning.

 

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ejy3Xpd268g

 

 

 

Words by Francesco Quieti & Francesco Zambianchi

Music Review: Oshana’s new label Psionic Records kicks off with Astral Travel – As One EP [PSI001]

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Psionic Records is the newly created label owned and curated by Oshana. For the first release, the American born DJ and producer has teamed up with her close and longtime friend Anthea under their Astral Travel moniker. This is their first studio endeavour together, which came naturally as both artists have frequently shared decks playing cohesive B2B performances and Oshana’s collaborations on Anthea’s imprint Partisan. Their new collaborative project unveils ¨As One¨, a three-tracker EP that evokes the ethos of the new imprint, one that drives inspiration from the supernatural ability and transcendental qualities of music to transport listeners to other dimensions. As the name suggests, “As One” is the result of the synergy created when two like-minded producers converge on a unified musical path which leads to new frontiers.

 

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 Click  HERE to pre-order your copy of “As One” EP – PSI001

 

The opening track’s called ¨Sky’s The Limit¨ delivers a refreshing take on ethereal techno as it grounds itself with a dominant kick drum, followed by an arpeggiated acidic melody, clicky electric beats and retro video game-like sounds. On the flip, ¨As One¨ is a breakbeat inspired theme that uses grittier and textured sounds for an edgy take on the minimal style, featuring splashes of electro and robust 909 drums.

 

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Lastly, ¨Orbiting¨ closes off the release with an elegant and deep groovy house roller, perfectly in line with the futuristic and transcendental sound of the recording. These dancefloor-oriented gems come together “As One”, and are the perfect EP to path the way of the newly conceived, Psionic Records for years to come.

 

 

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Anthea

 

More info on Oshana
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Words by Daniel Ordoñez 

 

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Music Review: Oshana’s new label Psionic Records kicks off with Astral Travel – As One EP [PSI001]

By Music Reviews, Reviews

Psionic Records is the newly created label owned and curated by Oshana. For the first release, the American born DJ and producer has teamed up with her close and longtime friend Anthea under their Astral Travel moniker. This is their first studio endeavour together, which came naturally as both artists have frequently shared decks playing cohesive B2B performances and Oshana’s collaborations on Anthea’s imprint Partisan. Their new collaborative project unveils ¨As One¨, a three-tracker EP that evokes the ethos of the new imprint, one that drives inspiration from the supernatural ability and transcendental qualities of music to transport listeners to other dimensions. As the name suggests, “As One” is the result of the synergy created when two like-minded producers converge on a unified musical path which leads to new frontiers.

 

FRONT

 Click  HERE to pre-order your copy of “As One” EP – PSI001

 

The opening track’s called ¨Sky’s The Limit¨ delivers a refreshing take on ethereal techno as it grounds itself with a dominant kick drum, followed by an arpeggiated acidic melody, clicky electric beats and retro video game-like sounds. On the flip, ¨As One¨ is a breakbeat inspired theme that uses grittier and textured sounds for an edgy take on the minimal style, featuring splashes of electro and robust 909 drums.

 

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Anthea

Lastly, ¨Orbiting¨ closes off the release with an elegant and deep groovy house roller, perfectly in line with the futuristic and transcendental sound of the recording. These dancefloor-oriented gems come together “As One”, and are the perfect EP to path the way of the newly conceived, Psionic Records for years to come.

 

 

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Anthea

 

More info on Oshana
Facebook | Resident Advisor | Soundcloud | Discogs

More info on Psionic
Facebook | Soundcloud

 

 

Words by Daniel Ordoñez 

 

More MEOKO: Facebook Soundcloud / Youtube

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Music Review: Revivis – Slung EP (incl. Nick Beringer Remix) [EWax]

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EWax resident and Berlin-based Revivis steps up for his first outing on the German label. Over the last year, the British producer’s output has been just incredible, raising the quality level release by release. After appearances on We_R House and Talman, he delivers “Slung” EP, which also sees another Berliner, Nick Beringer, on the remix duties. 

 

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Title track “Slung” gets straight to the point from the very first kick drum, showing Revivis‘ usual approach into a perfect melt between classic house and modern, minimal sounds. Bass is fat and liquid, with French male whispers that give a very lo-fi mood to the whole piece. Housy pad opens up gently, enlighting the scene and making the track breath. It is reduced from time to time to a low hum, but when the filter opens up again, it slowly fills up the piece with soul, contrasting the noisy drums move fast for a powerful dub shake. Despite the few elements in there, the track is immersive and goes on by itself, neverending.

 

 

Up next, Rubisco label-head Nick Beringer offers a more minimal and tighter interpretation of the main original track. The whole groove, starting from the hi-hat is shorter and lighter and everything is more swingy and dried-out, with wise processing creating the necessary variations. The vocal part is now in front, acquiring importance, whilst the bass is very thick and groovy, with short notes riding the kick and the FM pad sounds metallic, almost as slowed down bell hit. The drums, alongside the subtle acid line, are relegated in a small room, while pad and vocal lay in a wider space, creating two separate grounds that never collide. While the track walks, it gets weirder and more complex, changing chords, exploring jazzy progressions, standing out for its constant movement. 

 

 

On the flip, “Chicago Trippin” perfectly captures an old-school flavour with the classic 303 acid vibe. Who doesn’t love acid? The massive sub-bass noisily flows underneath, sharing his space with a gangsta-inspired bassline. There’s a lovely back-and-forth between the vocal sample and the main stab, in a crescendo that never stops making your feet move, as the track keeps on getting more and more crowded till the break. Tiny synths are zapping around and stabs are looped in short repetitive patterns, nervously crossing each other. Hard bouncy feeling and headbanging guaranteed.

 

Rounding out the package, “We Go” combines breakbeat patterns with lo-fi old-school sounds. Some classic house stabs meet a deep and soothing bassline, echoing the elastic behaviour of both kick and drums. When the arabesque arp kicks in we are catapulted in timeless space, with short lead sounds lift the heavy groove with a touch of sweetness. For the second drop, extra-drums are added, layering below the initial groove. Again, the stab doesn’t rest and keeps hitting, mental. 

 

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Words by Francesco Quieti & Francesco Zambianchi

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Music Review: Nate S.U & Elijah Something – Electrode EP (incl. Josh Baker, Ben Balance Remixes) [Conspiracy Music]

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Straight from the other side of the world, the Conspiracy Music crew joins the always longer list of proactive and vibrant Australian solid realities. The Sidney-based label reaches the 15th release from the hands of the figureheads Elijah Something and Nate S.U, to which are added European talents Ben Balance and Josh Baker, which respectively provide a version of the two originals. 

 

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Long time collaborators Elijah and Nate are specialists in up-tempo house with a tasteful electro flavour and hints of 90s rave-reminiscent melody. From hosting their own 1000 person+ parties with the Conspiracy Crew to hitting festival main stages like Lost Paradise in Sydney, Your Paradise in Fiji and 121 Festival in New Zealand, Elijah and Nate’s sound is thoroughly in demand in the Southern Hemisphere. Now the boys are ready to take it to the next level with their latest EP together: Electrode. It’s their first combined EP on Conspiracy since the label’s very first release three years ago.

 

 

Title track “Electrode” is a fuzzy banger. Aggressive and harsh drums are kept together by a lively layer of rampant synths, whilst melodic and harmonic elements nervously alternate in a swingy dance. The low-end area is dominated by the combination of a twisted bassline and a hefty 303 acid arp. Pitched effects and filter sweeps are wisely arranged to raise and release the tension, just like an electrode would do, until reaching the epic peak time drop. Hands in the air ensured.

 

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The thing gets funkier with second original, “Provocation“. Here too, there’s a powerful fusion of an acid bassline and jackin’ sub-bass, both helping on keep the groove up. The thick groove patterns progress fast and syncopated, with tiny harmonic elements restricted to the maximum, almost shotted as lethal bullets. 

 

Up next is the young talented Josh Baker (Tamango Records / META) who makes of the original a percussive monster, rising the heat with a naughty bassline, clean drum patterns and sinister pads. On his version of “Provocation“, Josh uses only a few parts from the original, keeping the acid lines alive and adding his typical dribbled percussions for a more straight forward house piece. Drums are fattened and dried out, being tighter on the beat and more prominent. That bold techy attitude is Josh’s favourite colour, and also ours.

 

 

The second remix comes from BE9 affiliate and Sukhumvit head-honcho Ben Balance, who’s also half of the Ho Do Ri duo with Fabe. He provides a joyful version of “Electrode“, featuring swingy drums that hit with enthusiasm. Electro synths are thin and shiny, exasperating the retro imprint of the original also thanks to the numerous old-school cowbells, shuffling hats and warped digitalized shots. Once all the elements are playing, we are completely lost in a rich texture of synthetic sounds and drums.

 

 

 

Words by Francesco Quieti & Francesco Zambianchi

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Music Review: Vincent Floyd – Music Therapy EP (incl. Nico Lahs Remix) [NICEPEOPLE]

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After the highly acclaimed ‘Positive Vibes’ EP by Orlando Voorn and the follow-up “Feel Good” EP, courtesy of label-head honcho Giuseppe Scarano, NICEPEOPLE drops a blissful brand new wax from the veteran Vincent Floyd. The US maestro is famous for having released house classics in the mid-’90s for labels such as Dance Mania, Relief and Gerking Records. In 2014 he experienced something of a career renaissance, with the release of ‘Moonlight Fantasy’ on Rush Hour, and since then he’s been totally on fire.

 

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Vincent kicks things off the lovely “Music Therapy“, delivering a laid-back track, perfect for some sunny (after hour?) moments. The track offers some joyful and retro-sounding drums, with the hi-hat being sharp and clean at the right point. The melodic pluck has something retro too, hitting high into a majestic progression, assisted by vintage arpeggiators and deep stabs that give to the track some extra-power. 

 

 

Thus, “What We Have Done” is an amazing 808 ballad, with the closed hat that presses right on the kick drum, almost getting over it. Again, the track is filled with celestial sounds, starting with the epic pads that set to the track almost a holy mood. The beat insists in short loops, simple but effective, while melodic elements give an housy romantic touch. Overall, the atmosphere is playful, making this track sounds like a real 90s anthem as if it were coming out of a lonely stereo near a basket camp.

 

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On the flip, Italian powerhouse Nico Lahs, turns the original of “What We Have Done” into a jackin’ dancefloor tool with a harmonious repartee of housy stabs that flow above a clean interplay. The groove is nothing but classic, with a powerful kick that perfectly fit with the long-tailed snare, blinking an eye to the last century house. The jazzy and soul chords do the rest, adding energy to the original but without ruining the smooth house feels.

 

 

Rounding out the package is the more melancholic jam “You Never Knew Me“. With fewer elements in the drums, the beat moves syncopated and rigid, almost felt uncomfortable. Some retro synths are arranged around a deep and steady arp sound, whilst moogish melodies arise from the filter sweeps. melodies are glidy and cut in the mix easily, laying on top of everything else. The arp cycles inexorably, with only the rimshot breaking its regularity, as if, at least, he really knew him.

 

 

 

Words by Francesco Quieti & Francesco Zambianchi

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Music Review: Maifaunu – Microwave EP [Midas Touch]

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Macarie‘s label Midas Touch is about to drop another juicy release. The entitled “Microwave” EP comes from the hands of elusive producer Maifaunu who debuts on the label following the previous formula of 001: three originals + one remix, which this time is courtesy of prolific Romanian Cosmjn.

 

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Click HERE to buy “Microwave” EP – MDT02 

 

Opener “Microwave” is a curious tool that sucks you in the loop since the first moment. Processed hip-hop vocal shots are melt together with nervous drums loop, pressing shakers and rhythmic percussions, remembering, in a way, some ancient tribal rituals. Dub stab oddly hits, far away, super delayed. The rich sound environment gets lost in the intricated texture of the groove. Almost experimental, it’s easy to lose the main beat and just float in the irregularities of the piece.

 

 

Up next, “Order In Chaos” slows the beat down, turning the things emotional with a sort of hidden melody in the interplay of all elements. A melancholic chant that emerges from the complexity of drums and synths. The sound palette is wide and variegated, with Maifaunu showing his skill on crafting incredible puzzles with many different sounds that fit together. Within this expanse of sounds, it’s the snare the pillar of the groove and everything comes back to it, making of it the start and the end of this endless cycle.

 

 

B1’s “Son Rise” takes the drum patterns to a whole new level introducing an exquisite ethnic flavour. Congas and percussions melt in a thick, vibrant whole. Some distant female voices in the background create a dark and spiritual atmosphere, in contrast with the acid splashes that barely emerge during the long piece, creating a wavy motion.

 

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 Cosmjn

 

Romanian established Cosmjn remixes A1. His version of “Microwave” features a thin kick that cuts nicely in the mix alongside reversed FXs, diverse congas and odd synth stabs, all together bouncing in a void. Proper SW stuff.

 

 

 

 Words by Francesco Quieti and Francesco Zambianchi

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Music Review: Djena & Swann Decamme – H2YPE EP [Time Has Changed]

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Timid Boy & Acumen’s long-lived Time Has Changed has been released powerful house, techno and minimal tunes over the last 13 years, involving famous artists such as Mihai Popoviciu, Leon, Julien Sandre, Alexkid, Tripmastaz, Todd Bodine, Gorge, Mathias Kaden. The label is approaching the 200th release and this time its latest EP comes by Djena (STAMP Records, Inwave) and Swann Decamme (Earthly Delights) with H2YPE EP which comes packed with a remix by label-head Timid Boy himself.

 

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The EP kicks off with “H2YPE2“, which is built around an exquisite and rich percussive groove and tribal chants. Over the whole duration, we can feel a nice Balearic feel, making of this track a versatile tech-house jam. Very essential elements-wise, this piece is energetic and strong, with the congas and bongos hitting continuously in a hypnotic cycle. After 4 minutes of wait, pads finally come in, creating a lovely melt with the vocals.

 

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The instrumental mix gets rid of the chants, leaving room for the groove which can now be appreciated in its full potential.

 

 

Timid Boy‘s DUB remix gets dirty with a dusty groove is lost in the sandy feel of the sounds. The tempo rises, as well do the drums that nimbly bounce above a rolling bassline. High strings are more prominent and an extra female vocal set the mood deeper and sexier with the tech attitude getting lost in favour of a more romantic atmosphere.

 

 

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 Swan Decamme

Closing “ELA” is a more minimalistic track, almost totally centred on the drums. Noisy hats and nervous low-end both rock on top of modular textures, with tiny groove elements arranged in intricated patterns. Suddenly, ethereal harmonic sounds kick in, projecting the listener in a totally relaxed mood, with delicate piano and guitar hits that remember us of Alva Noto’s music. Soon track gets dry again, with the typical gloomy dub-tech groove.

 

 

 

Words by Francesco Quieti & Francesco Zambianchi