Review: French techno veteran Agoria is back with new single "You're Not Alone" featuring the vocal talents of R&B singer Blase, who has previously worked with LeBron James and Jadakiss. His heart wrenching vocal delivery matches Sebastien Devaud's emotive deep house arrangement which ventures down a much more accessible/pop-inflected route than we are previous used to from the Sapiens boss. Featured here are two heavy hitting remixes, the first by Diynamic chief Solomun who takes the track into epic melodic dancefloor drama territory, while while ascendant British deep house star Aleksandir (Church/Tessellate) gives the track a sunny, swing-fuelled and absolutely uplifting rework.
Review: French soulful techno expert Agoria returns to his Sapiens imprint with yet more surefire dancefloor drama. "Boomerang" is a fitting name for this woozy and hypnotic cut that features a trippy sub bass snarl that veers to and from you within its sonic spectrum. We are then presented with the trilogy that is "Directory". The first part being a brooding sonic landscape that reaches near psychedelic moments, likewise the second is also a modular based drone piece. The third and final part of the puzzle is without doubt the most avant -garde and passive aggressive - calling to mind the work of Thomas Ankersmit or Morton Subotnick. This fine release follows up a real winning streak for the label in recent times courtesy of scene favourites Eagles & Butterflies, Dino Lenny and fellow Frenchman Oxia to name but a few.
Shoot Me To The Sky (extended mix) - (8:59) 124 BPM
Shoot Me To The Sky (Maceo Plex remix) - (5:53) 125 BPM
This Time We Take It Easy (Dino Lenny mix) - (8:08) 123 BPM
This Time We Take It Easy (Agoria Rework) - (7:30) 120 BPM
Shoot Me To The Sky (Tape mix) - (9:57) 123 BPM
Review: 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".
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: French trio comprised of Adrien and Marc Antoine of Villanova and Michel Saurin (aka TIME Musique) who have come together for the innovative L.K.F. Project. They debut here with the Urubu EP. The group have stated that there is a message at the centre of their creative process - one embellished with textures and rhythmic elements. For the more discerning ears, they experimented with quite unusual sound design and field recordings for more organic sounding effects. From the deeply ethereal tech house journey of "Bernard's Song 2018" (feat Outputmessage/Villanova/Time), the moody dancefloor drama of the title track featuring some breathtaking vocals by a certain 'Jim' - you could imagine Lee Burridge or Damian Lazarus playing this one at a sunny rooftop party.
Review: The latest expansive EP from the Sapiens camp promises "Beasts". Whether that refers to the artists involved or the showcased tracks, we're not quite sure, though we can confirm that the five-tracker is not short of dancefloor heat. Teho kicks things off with the rolling electronic riffs, big builds and swirling nu-disco/deep house fusion of "Into The Wild', before Villanova and Time turn La Chica's "Oasis" into a bustling chunk of melodious progressive house revivalism. Elsewhere, Stefan Smith steals the show via the undulating new age melodies, blissful electronics and hushed grooves of "Embers", while YEUZ serves up a bumping chunk of evocative deep house/tech-house fusion.