Review: Davide Squillace's label opens its 2018 account with a killer release. G Flame is the house-focused alias of Cisco Ferreira, who is better known for his razor sharp techno and electro work as The Advent. As Fever shows, he is also adept at making deeper grooves. The title track is a good example; based on a tracky backing, it sees Ferreira unleash waves of subtle filters, warm chords and highly effective break downs and builds. "Bumped" is based on a similar approach, with a rolling groove underpinning hypnotic, dubbed out stabs. The label has commissioned another scene veteran, Steve Rachmad to provide the remixes. Working under his Sterac alias, he delivers a deep, driving take on the title track and a "stripped" version that deploys dramatic woodwind over a pulsing, glistening groove.
For Those Who Know (original mix) - (7:21) 123 BPM
For Those Who Know (Davide Squillace remix) - (7:03) 124 BPM
Off To The Mix (original mix) - (8:23) 125 BPM
Review: Ray Okpara first made a splash in the post minimal boom of the late noughties, introducing the sound of Mannheim alongside contemporaries such as Johnny D, Nekes, Federico Molinari and Christian Burkhardt. He's still been going strong ever since, with releases on Mobile, Saved and his own Ama imprint. His latest comes courtesy of Barcelona's This & That Lab entitled "For Those Who Know"- a druggy and minimal stomper that's perfect for mind games at the afterhours and featuring one very inspiring vocal monologue to boot. It then receives a killer rework by veteran Davide Squillace who takes the track into more twisted and hypnotic territory.