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Music Review: Politics Of Dancing x Okain x Rowlanz [P.O.D. CROSS 006]

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The French duo of Politics Of Dancing seems to be more in strength than ever; by now with a certain frequency, the pair are delivering quality material both on their main Politics Of Dancing Records and sister-“collaborations only label” P.O.D. CROSS. And this time the latter has caught our attention, as they’re about to release the sixth chapter, sharing the wax with men of the moment Okain and Rowlanz.  




A-Side sees the guys bring into play Talman Records‘ label-head Okain. Their collaboration starts with fat drums ready to take us for the ride. A delicate sub-bass hums and shakes, creating the right foundation for the harmonic elements. The main stab is hypnotic and reminds to the Berlin-ish sounds that inspired Okain over the years, keeping us dancing throughout the piece. A lot is happening and the scene changes constantly, opening up and closing sweetly on new scenarios. We are being caressed by the intriguing sound of this track, but the groove is hard and feet can’t stand still, with the vocal sample being the cherry on top. It sounds like this piece doesn’t want to end and definitely doesn’t, staying in your head for days!



On the flip, the going gets tougher with UK Rowlanz (INFUSE) who joins forces with the P.O.D. guys for track 2. The glidy and raw bassline keeps the groove up and never rests, while beautiful harmonic stabs and lush pads introduce extra feelings in this dubby banger. The drums are tight and sting the hear with sharpness but despite this the piece breaths in and out liquidly, following rotative percussions. As soon the open hat kicks in, it’s totally hands up-head down vibes, with more mysterious vocal glitches fill up the bottom. When the track is about to end, it gets dry, and we can finally appreciate the neverending texture, a panoramic view of our emotional space. 




Words by Francesco Quieti & Francesco Zambianchi

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Music Review: Sound Process & Giorgio Maulini – Fourth Addition [Addition by Subtraction]

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We shone a light on the Addition By Subtraction imprint a little while ago in our 20 Record Labels to Keep An Eye on in 2020 article. Here, we take a look at their next outing which sees them put out their fourth release with the handy title ‘Fourth Addition.’


Music should not be restricted by the somewhat dubious borders of a so-called ‘genre.’ In essence, ‘Fourth Addition’ entails an all-inclusive selection of Tech and Deep House alongside Minimal and Techno to offer something for everyone and for those with an open mind.


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Argentinian export Sound Process kicks off the A-side with a lovely rolling tech-house number titled ‘Hoxton’, perfect for when you need to step things up a gear on the dance floor! Having released on labels such as 20/20 Vision and Little Helpers, the Buenos Aires-based producer and DJ has been well renowned in the scene for around 10 years now and was able to showcase his sound alongside Fuse head-honcho Enzo Siragusa earlier this year in his home country! 


Closing out the A-side is an exciting new joint venture between two artists who are undoubtedly one of house music’s hottest properties at the moment! PIV President Chris Stussy and DJOKO aka Stussko combine their reputable and well-distinguished sound and provide eclectic diggers with a track suitable for various types of listening and use. We are big fans of these guys and everything they seem to pump out of the studio is pure gold and there’s no chance to the routine here!




Born in Venezuela but residing in the beautiful Swiss Alps, Giorgio Maulini showcases his stripped-back sound to kick off the B-side. The Minimal House specialist is the founder of the amazing Underground Town, a vinyl-only record label aiming to influence the underground music scene in Switzerland. Having signed artists such as Silat Beksi, Michael James, Mihai Pol, and Kepler in recent releases, his refined yet uplifting style is clear to hear throughout his track ‘Send Me Your Location’ and is the perfect sunrise set-ender for those looking to close things up in style! Perfectly constructed drum hits and percussion blend with infectious pads and lead lines to create pure magic!


Last and by no means least, rounding off the release is the highly acclaimed and respected Voigtmann. The German producer and DJ has been rocking dancefloors and festivals for many years now and delivers a unique take on Maulini’s original to present his minimalistic techno-inspired sound ready to jump-start the dance floor! His rework oozes pure class from start to finish with a trippy and melodic bass, spacey glitches, and shuffling hats and shakers to really get you moving! Support has come in so far from the likes of; Archie Hamilton, Ben Rau, Djebali, Diego Krause, Fabe, Michael James, Stephan Bazbaz and Toman just to name a few.


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Words by Dom Fletcher


Music Review: Various Artists – MO-OB 003

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Spanish vinyl-only label MO-OB has dropped another stellar VA, featuring quality cuts from TERMS (aka Javier Carballo), MO-OB, stevn.aint.leavn and Akyra.




MO-OB 003 opens with a nervous jam called “Happy Nightmare”, where the FM stab insists on the ethereal pattern and cavernous sub-bass flows underneath, ready to blow your head in the darker rooms. Breakbeat feelings and airy pads give a kind of high-tech touch, until some cinematic chords kick in, breaking the loop and elevating us to the next level of consciousness.


Up next, “0003” kicks the things off with a well-balanced breakbeat pattern of steady drums and delayed vocal chops. The sick bassline immediately takes us back to the 80s and we’re grooving hard with this one. It spins continuously, wobbling and hitting. Sweet stabby sounds and glassy FXs do the rest and our head can’t stop banging to the beat.


On the flip, Berlin’s very own stevn.aint.leavn brings the funky bass we were all waiting for. The groove catches the listener instantly. Mysterious voices from the darkest fantasies come out and catchy sinister chords keep on dancing in a loop of two. Icy synths and delicious hats fill the last gaps to deliver a hard minimal and house banger. Sounds are dry, we can feel all the edges of them, we can almost count them. Nothing more than what is needed.


Rounding out the package is the entitled “Galaxy999” by the Italian groover Akyra, who chooses to close this record by insisting on the main percussive stab. This one is a true head-blower and makes us feel in the club, right in front of the DJ. It features evolving drum patterns, glitchy sounds from the spacecraft, housy chords and repetitive stabs, creating a complex signal from outer space and bringing the listener into the loop. The analogue bassline keeps us grounded on the planet Earth, while in the meantime some flanger sounds and tiny little FXs swing all around. When finally the kick gets regular, we realize that we have been dancing for a long time. Big tunnel piece.





Words by Francesco Quieti and Francesco Zambianchi


Music Review: Various Artists – LOCUS (curated with ASOY) [TECHFUI 003]

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TECHFUI label puts out this fantastic new 12 track sampler. It proves the label has plenty of different and talented names on its roster and they all serve up the goods here. 




“Evening Lying” from Halosaur is a deep and bubbly minimal number to get you in the zone. Stripped back and late-night sounds sure are the order of the day here as Leon Roberts proves with “Calypso”, a sci-fi laced groove with supple synths that get deep into your psyche. “Elsewhere Wood Drift” is a glitchy little groove with nice pixelated melodies. OZ Artists goes deep with more dreamy and floating grooves that carry your mind away. 



“80 Feet Tall” is another one from a dreamy realm with spoken word samples and lush ambient melodies eventually joined by a broken beat. ASOY feat. Dark Matrix is one of the many standouts – “Your Addiction” is a dark yet alluring and warm track with superb drums and whispery vocals.


“The Essence Of A Sou” l by Riki Inocente & Darren Roach is a chunky house cut to end on, with streaming deep house chords and bubbling beats. All in all this is super high quality and very tasteful selection of late-night house music.





Words by Ian Fleming


Music Review: Émoi – Story Telling EP [Émoi 001]

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Emoi is the brand new and independent label founded by MJOG. The imprint is about to reveal its first EP, which comes under the name of “Story Telling” EP, delivering both introspection and groove moments for the audiophiles all around the world. ÉMOI-001 delicately balances between minimal and deep house, with tinted percussions, dub atmospheres, dreamy digitalized synths, while still keeping a dancefloor-oriented groove. The A-side offers two lovely fresh cuts, while on the flip, Sunrise’s very own Jay Bliss serves up a soothing remix that perfectly fits with the whole emotional idea behind the label. Lastly, B2 closes the EP with a tropical and spiced dancefloor roller.



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Label-head MJOG has landed on labels like DaydreamUkiyo MusicRecordeep and STAMP Records over the last couple of years, and now he has finally decided to create a new own platform to share his dreamy vision of music. Émoi aims to display a wide range of human emotion, from euphoria to melancholy, moving from sensuality or excitement and joy, to love and other feelings, variating from release to release. Driving inspiration of daily thoughts and experiences that resonate with people, sometimes echoing dancing by the beach in intimacy and sometimes evoking the adrenaline and rush of a hot summer nightclub.



Opener “1pm Breakfast Time” is a tight bit of drum programming that gets you in a funk. The micro synths and deft chords are warm, deep and infectious. This first track sets the mood with a funky glitch groove and a vocal sample that develops forward and drives your feet second by second. “The Story Behind My Pain (dear C)” is another slick house tune with a tight rhythm and electrifying chords that pulls you deep into its core. Thus, Jay Bliss provides a dreamy rework of the former track, adding balmy pads and late-night romance feels. Last, but definitely not least, we have “Find Me¨ which closures the EP with a dubby, cavernous house cut that is gorgeously detailed with sci-fi pads and a distorted yet romantic Ibero-american vocal sample that makes for the perfect dancefloor experience. The boss himself says, “We aim to convey the idea that you need to get out of your comfort zone and cause the heart to flutter” and we couldn’t agree more. This is a fine start to what will be the new label’s going into 2020 and beyond.





Words by Daniel Ordonez and Francesco Quieti


Music Review: Various Artists – Body Movement 002

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London-based veteran Robert James is about to drop the 2nd chapter on his own newborn label Body Movement. Despite being not very active in the studio during the last years, the man has never lost interesting in music, collaborating and directing the big Paradise brand, which has seen him participate since the beginning. The label’s name is inspired by one of his first tunes, and now, 10 years later since its release, he’s about to open his own one, drawing to all the precious influences collected over the years.



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After a solid first EP by Robert himself last year, the label is ready to unleash another beast-wax which contains 4 original pieces by Robert James & Jack Michael, LVCA & Sidd, Frazer Campbell and North Phase.


Kickin’ off with “B2A”, head-honcho James join forces with fellow-Londoner and 2-steps specialist Jack Michael (INSTINCT, Dansu Discs) for an electro-inspired piece, with an unrestrainable and rough bassline which is magnificently balanced in the break by some lush female whispers and deep house strings.




Then is “Chroma” by the collaborative project between LVCA (a familiar face for the DC10-heads) and Sidd. Together, they’re running Dacha an Ibiza-based shop and record label and for their debut release, they’ve provided an housy dancefloor roller with catchy synths and smart arpeggiator lines which bring us back immediately to the early 90’s Italian-house days. The wavy bassline is glued with a sick acid line and creates the perfect scenario for the delicate analogue groove patterns to shine.


Up next, “One Armed Bandit” by garage maestro Frazer Campbell perfectly showcase his ability on crafting freaky late-night cuts with seriously warped synths and naughty basslines, all enclosed into a massive 136 bpm anthem.


Closing the EP is “Zone 1”, which also sanctions the debut of North Phase, a collaborative project between long-time friends Rober James and Burnski. The pair, 10 years later their hit “Malibu” on Hot Creations, decided to join forces again and “Zone 1” is the result: a hard and direct 909 drum section stands out above cinematic atmospheres, epic pads and rumbling basslines, wisely alternating 4/4 floor beats to breakbeat moments.





Words by Francesco Quieti


Press play and get comfortable: 20 emblematic electronic music movies and documentaries

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To better face these though and long days, we thought of making a list of movies and documentaries in which electronic music is one of the main characters. We really hope that these documentaries will heal a bit your lockdown period, breaking your routine and making your days a little bit sweeter. These stories have undoubtedly an important place in the hearts of all the (electronic) music lovers and we wish that they’ll find a place in yours too. 



  • The summer of rave (1989)


The most representative documentary about acid house music in the UK made by the BBC. At the end of the 1980s, the club culture here began to take shape in the context of the end of the communist era.




  • The story of the Street Rave (1990)


The journey of this movie takes us through the history of the last 20 years of the UK clubbing scene. Most interestingly, the documentary points very well the path of British rave culture. Many artists like Carl Cox, Iain Boney Clark or Graeme Park are sharing their sincere stories.




  • Detroit The Blueprint Of Techno (late 1990’s)


Originally from Germany, Techno went beyond its borders and began to develop in Detroit in the mid-1980s, making this city as popular as Berlin. In this documentary, a lot of the important names from this area, such as Carl Craig, Derrick May, Juan Atkins, Kevin Saunderson, and many others, tell us catchy stories about techno movements.




  • Dutch gabber (1995)


The action is taking place in Rotterdam. Lola Da Musica has made a short documentary presenting the Dutch hardcore scene, images that perfectly capture the experiences of the ravers of that time and how they were partying. At the same time, you will see Paul Elstak, one of the important names in this scene, and DJ Ruffneck from Ruffneck Alliance.






  • Love is the message (1995)


Even it is in German, this is an excellent Love Parade documentary to watch, a film made by Tommy Grube that managed to capture the 90’s moments of the most popular electronic music festival and techno parade in Germany. This event was held for the first time in 1989 and all started in Berlin, as host town. In 2010 was the last edition of this festival, due to a crowd crush that caused the death of 21 people and many others injured. Besides the German artists, there were performing also two other big names in the electronic music scene, such as Rhadoo in 1999 and Raresh in 2007.




  • Music is my drug (1996)


The documentary was produced by Martin Meissonnier & Jean Jacques Flori. Shot in four locations, very diverse as culture, Goa, Israel, UK and Japan, the images speak about what the musical movement of Psychedelic Trance means.




  • Universal Techno (1996)


Detroit’s techno music scene has become one of the most popular in the world. For 1 hour, this French documentary brings us in contact with the fascinating path of techno.






  • Human Traffic (1999)


This movie has both a dramatic side and a comedy side, in which it is presented to us the life of five friends, young people for whom, after work, on Friday, means going to the club, and their attraction was recreational drugs. A highlight of this film is the presentation of the British rave scene of that period.





  • The Chemical Generation (2000)


The history of the acid house and rave in the UK is presented by Boy George. This documentary gets together the stories of the club culture revolution since the ‘80s and how British young people meet with MDMA and ecstasy, as dealers or clubbers.





  • It’s All Gone Pete Tong (2004)


This is one of the most appreciated films in this area, a British-Canadian production, which is based on the real story of DJ Paul Kaye who at some point he completely became deaf. The character Frankie Wilde, a British music producer and artist who performs in Ibiza, experiences different states with this body change, seems to have lost control over his life and in these conditions he is gradually trying to regain those important parts that he had lost in this period: appreciation as an artist, his job and his wife.






Moog (2004)


Hans Fjellestad directed a documentary about Dr. Robert Moog who was one of the pioneers of the electronic instrument. He invented what is called the Moog synthesizer.






  • Disco: Spinning the Story (2005)


We have to admit that the disco offered another face to the music. In this documentary, Gloria Gaynor presents the phenomenon together with the featured interviews by Donna Summer, George Clinton, the disco group Village People and many others.






  • Feiern (2006)


The English name of this movie is “Don’t forget to go home”. We meet here with the story of 72 hours of partying in a city known for its nightlife, Berlin. The pictures manage to capture both the good and the bad parts of the mix between regular life and partying in the weekend in clubs such as Club Der Visonaere, Watergate, Bar 25 or Berghain. All are fully completed by the interviews offered by Ricardo Villalobos, Luciano, Nick Höppner and Ewan Pearson.







  • High Tech Soul: The Creation of Techno Music (2006)

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Directed by Gary Bredow, the documentary covers all the historical periods of techno in Detroit and also by the interviews of great artists such as Carl Craig, Jeff Mills, Juan Atkins, Richie Hawtin, it offers a great overview of what techno sounds and culture means.






  • Berlin Calling (2008)


The movie main character, DJ Ickarus, is played by the well-known German artist Paul Kalkbrenner. This video piece presents the artist, a drug consumer, who was often hospitalized for this reason. These things make him lose his girlfriend and at the same time, the record label with which he collaborates cancels the partnership with him. Nevertheless, he manages to release a remarkable album of electronic music.






  • Kraftwerk & The Electronic Revolution (2008)


Kraftwerk is a symbol when you talk about electronic music. This German band was formed in 1970 and their incredible story presented in this documentary will allow us to understand how these guys manage to inspire other artists such as Radiohead or Coldplay and how they popularize this music genre.






  • Slices: Pioneers of Electronic Music – Richie Hawtin (2011)


Richie Hawtin is one of the successful artists and a complete artist. Producer and DJ, his career is a great inspiration and his music is well-known all over the world. This documentary allows us to get to know Richie Hawtin much better, the videos and the interviews will tell an interesting story of his personal and artistic life.






  • Sub Berlin – The Story of Tresor (2014)


Tresor is one of the most legendary clubs in Berlin which was opened in 1999, an unconventional place, located in the basement of a building, which in the past was a bank vault. Besides the history of the location, we will enjoy the interviews of important artists such as Sven Väth or Atkins, as well as those of the people who contributed to the creation of the club’s story.






  • Why we DJ – Slaves to the rhythm (2017)

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A 40” documentary that explores the link between the DJs psychology, their creativity, passion and lifestyle. The interviews featured by Pete Tong, Seth Troxler, Carl Cox or Luciano, will help us to understand the ups and downs of a DJ career and life.






  • Everybody In The Place – An Incomplete History of Britain 1984 -1992 (2019)


This is a documentary produced by the Turner Prize-winning artist Jeremy Deller. The movie’s author successfully managed to analyze rave and acid house movements in the UK during ’80s-’90s. The selection of archive materials chosen, presents the journey in time during a period of social changes, with protest movements, a time when rave parties were illegal.






Enjoy! Stay home, and stay safe!



Words by: Miruna Ioana Dan

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Music Review: Cerec – Moving Visual Things EP [RE.FACE LIMITED 007]

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Italy’s RE.FACE Records continues to deliver fantastic music reaching the 7th release, which is brought to you by Cerec. The young Argentian talent, after having inaugurated both The Senss and Unic vinyl-experiences, debuts on RE.FACE with “Moving Visual Things”. He perfectly follows the path of the label, continuing the journey started with previous releases by Vern, Ted Amber, Fabrizio Maurizi, Peshka, Vincentiulian, Nektar Agu and Petar Milicevic. The EP features three deep ‘n raw deep minimal originals which are already played and support by Arapu, Giuliano Lomonte, Gescu, Sepp, Cally, Prichindel, Viceversa and more others.


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“Brisa” opens with a funky and jackin’ bassline that winds below the entire track. The light groove is dominated by crisp claps and delicious snare drums, making of this one a bouncy roller. Some early Tale Of Us” synths appear in the mid-section of the arrangement, giving an extra twist to the track.



On the flip, “Recuerdo” goes moody with dark textures, sinister synths and dreamy pads that float above a super fat bassline, driving drums with SCI-FI details that bring real charm to the track. 


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Closing the EP is “Laguna”, which is also the track we have chosen to premiere. This one is a truly compelling deep house track that over its 7+ minutes ride, is a real ballad of love. Here, everything’s delicate and composed: from the tiny hi-hats to the shakers, each element is exactly in the right place, giving you, despite some stretched and resampled nervous atmospheres an absolute sense of peace, not allowing existing excuses to stand beside the wall. Just close your eyes and dance like nobody is watching.



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Words by Francesco Quieti 

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Music Review: Jamahr – Cloud Formations EP (incl. Urulu Remix) [Captea 001]

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The Italian duo of Jamahr is finally ready to launch their own label Captea. The label’s name draws inspiration from the Romanian “to capture” and for the first release called “Cloud Formations”, the guys have unleashed 3 powerful originals, calling US veteran Urulu on the remix duties. Hailing from Biella, a small city near Turin, these long-time friends have started their venture of 10 years ago, slowly making a name for themselves thanks to their deep and techy productions, within which you can always find a 6th sense for intriguing melodies and catchy grooves. Over the years they’ve released both on vinyl and digital on renowned labels such as Tamango Records, What NxT, Mulen Records, Politics Of Dancing Records and EWax to name a few, getting support from heavyweights like Enzo Siragusa, Yaya, Rich NxT, Djebali, Reiss, Seb Zito, Janeret and Burnski. 


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A1’s “Cloud Formations” is an intense trip in which the Jamahr drives us miles away from the Earth’s crust, making us discover intricated rhythmic bounces, rattling percussions and warm groove patterns. Some female whispers joined to hypnotizing pads and curious SCI+FI sounds are perfectly placed above breakbeat inspired drums, giving life to a hell of an opener. 


Up next, US eclectic Urulu goes faster, with his 132 bpm “No Satisfaction Guaranteed” version of “Cloud Formations”. He provides a gun-powder remix which features splashes of cyber-electro sound with rolling and heavy bassline, turning the original into a real dancefloor heater.


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On the B-side, “Kamigawa” is the perfect representation of the sound that the Jamahrs got us used to over the last couple of years. On this one,  pulsating toms and hi-hats encounter mystical long-tailed pads and synths into a majestic and dreamy progression.



Closing the EP is another energetic club tool called “Voyage”. The wise use of 909 hats and vocal loops, together with housy strings and pulsating basslines have made of this track one of Enzo’s favourite over the last couple of months.


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Words by Francesco Quieti

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Music Review: Sauchelli – Wanderlust EP [Fun Records 011]

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Berlin-based Sauchelli is part of the second wave of Argentinian artists, which see on respected acts such as Barem, Federico Molinari, Franco Cinelli, Alexis Cabrera, Jorge Savoretti some real reference points. And it’s right in Barem and Cabrera‘s famous Fun Records that Sauchelli has dropped the wicked “Wanderlust” EP., which consists of 4 original dancefloor-oriented jams.


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Opener “Funktion Two” is a crazy electro tool with rubbery drums and ’90s rave-ish synths that bring the track in a freaky direction. The name obviously reminds to the popular British loudspeaker manufacturer and we’re sure that this one will work pretty well on that system!



Up next, “Minibar” is another paranoid number with wobbling basslines, tons of analogue bleeps, and infectious drums that roll above an incessant white noise movement.



Title cut “Blind Folded” seems to hit less hard than the previous ones, but this is just a first impression. The monstrous bass race along in supple and rubbery fashion as deep synths weave in and out and sci-fi sounds and fx add further detail.




On the closing “Fun Key”, Sauchelli goes jazzy, with subtle piano keys and sinister chords that perfectly fit with the female vocal samples and the solid well-programmed groove, making of this one another irresistible club weapon.




Words by Francesco Quieti