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The Happy Pink Pills massive has sprouted out of nowhere, but they're already kicking down doors with an absurdly ferocious level of house and tech beats for the big room dances! On paper, Valsa is a newcomer to the scene but it sounds like the producer's been at it for years; much like the talents of John Digweed or Sasha, these progressive house beats sounds well-polished and perfectly constructed. "Happy Pink Pills" is itself a stellar example of the sort of dance music that has the power to attract even the most skeptical of music aficionados, and it definitely enters the realm of the sort of pop-filtered house that was big in the 90s and 2000s. There's a Marek Hemmann remix, a more beat-centric cut which feels more adapted to the later sets, and the seductive flavours of "Fall From Grace", another gentle, vocal-driven house nugget for the radio playback...
Zurich trio Rizzoknor are considered the 'Grateful Dead of electronic music' and comprised of Daniel Rizzo (electronics/bass),Dominique Rizzo (guitar) and Georg Bleikolm on the drums. Largely inspired by heroes from the past like Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, J.J.Cale and Johnny Cash, their sound 'matured in an effervescent contemporary scene of electronic musicians between Zurich and Berlin.' You can certainly hear it on the Trip EP where the title track throws down some sexy and slinky tech house with undeniable rock sensibilities. As does "Wednesday" but it's all about homeboy Canson's deep and esoteric remix which really has that Crosstown Rebels vibe down pat. "Sinful" (Grateful Galoppierende Zuversicht remix) was not just a tongue twister but also a deep and bumping minimal house makeover that really had us shaking our behinds.
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