You Better (David Penn urbana dub) - (7:11) 127 BPM
You Better (accapella) - (7:35) 127 BPM
Review: With Glasgow's Geoff M laying down the ground work (along with his ridiculously good looking guys), it's left to Spanish producer David Penn to tip the ball into the back of the net with this excellent remix on Joey Negro's Z Records. Already heaped with praise from ATFC, Roger Sanchez, Groove Armada, and Robert Owens, Penn's main mix is a gone-midnight vocal house delight, with a simmering synth and bass pattern locked into a groove by mainroom drums, while his dub eschews most of Dawn Tallman's lead vocals for a more extended treatment.
Review: Edu Imberon dips his toes into the waters of pop music on "Inside". The bassline is lazy but somewhat malevolent and is supported by thundering claps and a sweeping synth that divebombs in over the arrangement like a hungry flock of seagulls. Yet despite this resolutely underground backing, Imbernon makes space for Triumph's breathy, androgynous vocals and a trippy synth that oozes melodies. The remixes push "Inside" to a poppy place; Kellerkind's version contains a fluid electro bassline and some spacey synths, with the vocal turned into an effortlessly narcotic experience, while the Niko Schwind version has a distinctly 80s flavour thanks to its 808 drums and new romantic synths.
Review: Death On The Balcony and Moustache Mamas join forces to launch Hissy Fit, a brand new label dedicated to the continuing blurring of boundaries between deep house and disco. DOTB's opener "Everytime" is a great example of how to successfully marry the two genres. Cheekily ripping phrases from a classic synth-boogie vocal cut, it delivers the perfect balance between heady house hedonism and woozy late night disco. Moustache Mamas' "21 & Lewis" tiptoes further towards nu-disco territory, successfully including some neat old skool house touches to guarantee saucer-eyed dancefloor delight. DOTB closer "Gimme That Stuff" completes a killer package via warm chords and seriously rubbery synth bass.
Review: We are all well aware that trance is the form of EDM that allows for the most true musicality and classic routings, and Russian Alexander Popov leads the charge on this blessing. A man who could no doubt compose and conduct an orchestra, brings that epic depth of sound and melodic beauty to the dance floor, with the atmospheric 'Attractive Force' reflecting that perfectly. Making sure there is still plenty of power to keep the energy up he adds a subtle tech-trance edge, doing just enough to not interfere with the beauty. Stunning release once again from Popov.