Review: Tibi Dabo is the name of a mountain that overlooks Spanish producer Max Guardans' hometown in Barcelona. Following up a great debut on Sasha's Last Night On Earth a couple of years back, he returns under Damian Lazarus' guidance - following up last year's offering "La Dorada" which was picked up by his Rebellion imprint. This new EP showcases Guardans' ability to create evocative music, with a musical maturity beyond his years. Features the uplifting and sunkissed summertime groove of "Her Moon" and its riveting chord progression, the deep and darkly hypnotic "It's All Behind" geared for some real moments of tunnel vision on the dancefloor, and finally, the glacial and cavernous dub techno textures of "Nowhere Beach" taking you further down the spiral.
Review: Max Guardans aka Tibi Dabo follows up last year's Her Moon release on Crosstown Rebels with this subtle, tripped out affair. The title track is redolent of the kind of tranced out, euphoric shapes that Mathew Jonson used to conjure up, with electronic melodies unfolding over a wiry groove. It's an ethereal but alluring track. On "Hire The Birds", he opts for a more house-based groove, albeit one that is covered in atmospheric synth washes and tone-shifting bleeps. Dj Balduin's take on "Birds" is faster and more jittery, and its shuffling groove will appeal to those who prefer a slightly less esoteric approach.
Review: Young Berlin-based Spanish producer Max Guardans, AKA Tibi Dabo, returns to his semi-regular home of Crosstown Rebels with a four-track EP that should help keep fans going while they await his rumoured forthcoming debut album. Dabo's work to date has spanned a range of styles, but this EP comes from that nebulous zone where deep and progressive house collide. The title track is a hazy, dreamy affair riding a dubwise rhythm, 'Komorebi' is more your standard issue eyes-wide-shut euphoric workout, while NYC legend David Morales provides two remixes of the latter: a 3am-friendly Red Zone Remix and a more Afro-leaning Diridim Mix.