Review: Vince Watson has commissioned a stellar line-up of producers to remix tracks from his DnA series. Carl Craig's take on "Holographic" bubbles with atmospheric synths, while fellow Motor City artist Jon Dixon drops a dubbed out take on "(Re)Evolution". Watson's "Second Wave" is the subject of a number of interpretations - Steve Rachmad drops a tough, linear version; John Beltran's 'Pan Am' take sees him inject the track with breathy synths and gentle back beats, while Stephan Lopkin's reshape echoes classic Detroit techno, led by a snaking bass and widescreen melodies. The fact that Watson has teased an electro remix of "Universal Language" from Claude Young and Shawn Rudiman's wide-eyed take on "Metamorphosis" make this collection all the more impressive.
Review: British techno veteran Vince Watson, a producer whose output is uniformly melodious and infused with Detroit style sci-fi intent, has decided to "re-sequence" is his 2019 album DnA. In practice, that means he's remixed - and in some cases, re-made - the entire set. This sampler is naturally packed with gorgeous, life-affirming treats, starting with the 'Decoded mix' of 'Universal Language', where shimmering synth sounds and effortlessly emotive chords ride a delicious analogue bassline and smooth, late '90s tech-house drums. 'First Wave (808 Mix)' brilliantly joins the dots between squelchy electro and Motor City techno futurism, while 'Fourth Wave (Deep Space Mix)' is a fittingly titled deep techno number that's almost breath-taking in its emotiveness.
Review: Analogue house and techno legend Vince Watson cuts and clears two new gems for his Everysoul label. This Make A Wish / Forever single follows last year's remix package that saw Joe Clausell, Steve Bug & Langenberg, Manoo and Osunlade remix two cuts from Watson's Via album (2018). In this case, the trance-like analogue warmth of "Make A Wish" stems directly from the same studio session as Watson's "Teardrops" that was released on Sacred Rhythm, while the Detroitisms and pure deep house feel of "Forever" was originally a studio jam that made it into Watson's live shows pre-covid. With lockdown now in place, and some time to polish things up, Watson delivers two fresh cuts of upbeat and jazzy house, funky 909 drums and classic acid basslines.
Review: Two years on from the release of Vice Watson's eighth studio album, Via, some of the key cuts have been given the remix treatment. First up Joe Claussell gets his hands on 'Progress', re-framing the tech-soul treat and a rich, piano-laden whizz through spiritual deep house territory that rises, falls and rises again for 11 mesmerizing minutes. Osunlade offers an even brighter, breezier and more piano-laden take on the same track, before Steve Bug and Largenberg join the dots between smooth tech-house hypnotism and immersive deep house on a luscious interpretation of 'Via'. Finally, Manoo has his wicked way with 'Progress', delivering an awesomely emotive and life-affirming deep house re-wire that will almost certainly make the hairs on the back of your neck leap to attention.
Review: DnA (Deluxe Edition) is Vince Watson's most ambitious project to date. Comprising close to 20 tracks, it sees him give full vent to his vision for electronic music. Moving between atmospheric ambient pieces such as "Influences" and "(Re)Evolution (A Vision)" at one end of the spectrum and steely, techy dance floor tracks like "Immersion" and "Third Wave" at the other, the album also shows definitively, that when ti comes to deep house an techno, he has few rivals. Shining examples of this craft are audible in the form of the jazzy piano keys on "Affinity" and the soaring, string-led "Universal" and "Second Wave", which make for spellbinding, sublime techno tracks.
Review: Vince Watson has dedicated over twenty years to making his own unique take on musical Detroit techno - and the DnA series are among the most articulate expressions of this passion. This second EP is a taster for a full double album to be released later in 2019 - and based on this EP, it sounds like it will be worth waiting for. "Holographic" sees Watson drop an atmospheric building groove, like his own version of Carl Craig's circa Landcruising. "Immersion" is lighter and uplifting, taking its cue from the more melodic end of the UR canon, while "Hart - Soul" represents a more house-based interpretation, with the storied Scottish producer riding dreamy filtered melodies to the cosmos and back.
Review: Vince Watson returns after last year's Via album with this fine release. This four-tracker underlines the development of his music, which now sits somewhere between its deep techno origins and a more clubby tech-house style. This is audible on "First Wave", where he merges sensuous synths with a pulsating, quivering bass, while on "Second Wave", the airy strings that have long been Watson's stock in trade are fused with a throbbing low end and rickety drums. However, "Affinity" sees him head back down a deeper, more purist route, and is redolent of his work around Moments in Time. There's also diversity on offer, with the sensuous ambience of "Let Dreamers Dream (Daydream)" rounding off this excellent EP.
Review: Vince Watson launches his new label with the beautiful "Love in F Minor". The deep, jazzy broken beat of the title track is set to lead the way for an imprint that will release music of a similar ilk. The intro mix adds a wonderful hazy dream-like quality before the club mix quickens the pace and adds the oomph.