Review: Following a recent sell-out London show to celebrate the milestone anniversary of Digweed's iconic and genre leading record label he drops volume 14, and to us it sounds like one of the biggest and best yet. Across the 21 tracks, label favorites get a good showing, with; Pig & Dan's 'Crazy', Guy J with 'Mish Mash', and 'Whispering Leaves' from Marco Bailey. Plus a plethora of new talent coming through such as Maxime Dangles on 'Unsteady Curve'. Check out the tasty Electric Rescue mix of Digweed & Muir collab 'Raise'.. This is an essential for prog heads.
Review: Los Angeles-based Brit Chris Barratt returns to Innervisions, after appearing on their X compilation a little while back, in addition to appearances on Bedrock and Sapiens. Imitations Of Life is most likely named after his solo imprint Art Imitating Life, and much like that - the tracks here are in the same kind of vein. From the melodic dancefloor drama of ,,Sketch 7", the soaring synth leads taking centre stage on the evocative "Sketch 17" or the glassy-eyed and heartfelt style of deep house that is a perfect fit for Ame and Dixon's imprint on "Sketch 1".
Review: Earlier this year, Eagles & Butterflies (AKA producer Chris Barratt) enjoyed a club hit with "Love", a rather large slice of vocal deep house/tech-house fusion on Noir. On "Arpeggiator", his first single for Sapiens, Barratt changes tack, layering picturesque, undulating arpeggio synthesizer lines on top of a rock solid drum track to breathtaking effect. Its beauty and rush-inducing qualities - emphasized by the cut's 14-minute length - are matched by the track that follows, a deep Afro-house workout full of glistening marimba lines entitled "Ayeme". To round things off with a bang, he pays tribute to Floating Points' most memorable house moments on stunning closer "Prophet".
Review: For the third instalment of his Art Imitating Life series, Chris Barratt aka Eagles & Butterflies opts for a fittingly epic approach. On the original version of "The Last Dance", the Ibiza producer lays down hazy, mournful synths that swirl in over the gorgeous dubbed out groove. It makes for a beautiful, sensuous affair, but Barrat manages to better it with the 'Sunrise remix'. There, he utilises subtle break beats that provide the perfect accompaniment to his lush sound scapes. Finally, there's the 'synthapella' that dispenses with beats and rhythms, instead venturing into a world of beautiful ambience.
Review: Eagles & Butterflies is the studio alias of Chris Barratt, and he brings the beauty of his Ibizan surroundings to bear on this third volume of the Art Imitating Life series. "The Last Dance" is led by symphonic strings and pads as well as loose percussion, and this combination soars its way into the kind of epic break down that is common for White Isle house music. The 'Sunrise' version is even more vivid, with Barratt laying down lithe break beats and homing in on the widescreen strings. For those who want to experience Barratt's music in a Cafe Del Mar type scenario, there is also a glorious, beatless 'Synthapella' version included.