Last time we heard from long serving Italian house producer Dino Lenny, he was collaborating with Doorly on Play It Say It. This time he's on a solo mission, though he has roped in some particularly high profile friends to provide remixes. "Shoot Me To The Sky" is an exercise in atmospheric, tech-tinged dancefloor bliss, with rising synthesizer arpeggio lines, stuttering drum fills and moody bass combining to get things moving. Maceo Plex provides a deliciuously filthy, driving, bass-heavy interpretation that's arguably best described as "mind altering", while Tape layers up the Balearic synth lines before unleashing a slamming, bass-heavy groove. Also worth checking is Agoria's pleasingly hazy, deep and Balearic interpretation of vocal cut "This Time We Take It Easy".
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".
If you were around in 2006 and you hadn't heard Oxia's legendary anthem "Domino", you must have been sleeping under a rock! The track has certainly stood the test of time; so much so that the French producer has decided to celebrate its ten year anniversary with a series of remixes by some of the scene's current best. Some may if it 'aint broke why fix it? But rest assured that these renditions are equally worthy of your attention and come courtesy of Agoria's Sapiens imprint. They're all good, but our favourites had to be German duo; the Innervisions affiliated Frankey & Sandrino with their slinky and hypnotic take that shows us all just how you make a 'dark journey track', while m_nus alumnus Matador serves up a more hard hitting version where tough drums support adrenalised drones and Detroit style string stabs. Finally the master himself Robag Wruhme delivers the goods as always with his rather sublime "Lasika remix". The man's uncanny ability to recreate tracks that can compete with the original's quality is something to behold.
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