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".
Mono Electric Orchestra - "Neutral Density" - (8:37) 126 BPM
Fairmont - "Brothers Keeper" - (6:50) 123 BPM
Jimmy Van M & Juan Hansen - "Kobalt" - (6:55) 121 BPM
Edu Imbernon - "Indenait" - (9:37) 121 BPM
Quivver - "On & On" - (6:57) 124 BPM
Alan Fitzpatrick - "Vibes" - (8:03) 128 BPM
Reude Hagelstein - "Chromapark" - (6:55) 123 BPM
Review: John Digweed looks back on a terrific year that was 2018 - not to mention the 20th anniversary of his Bedrock label. This last year saw him serve up the Bedrock XX box set, team up with good mate Nick Muir on the terrific "Crazy Diamond" in addition to his awesome Live In Tokyo mix CD - so there's plenty to celebrate. Featured here are some of the year's highlights and exclusives alike by heroes of deep tech house such as: Booka Shade with their moody cruiser "Rosebud", Belgian veteran Jimmy Van M appears several times but is most on-form on "Cobalt", Systematic head honcho Marc Romboy with his impressive sci-fi epic "Cosmo" and the return of trance legend Oliver Lieb on the riveting "Epoxi".
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.
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".