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With his ‘Don’t Hide’ EP, Chemitoe brings us ‘Don’t Hide Tonight’. Coming from Buffalo, NY, this is a development of house and pop styles that works brilliantly well with the infectious vocal line that is cleverly manipulated throughout the track.

The synth arpeggiated riff is created using a techno or trance style lead which gives a really nice contrast against the rounded bass and smooth vocals. The development of the riff through the breakdown is really nice toilets to and give real depth to the performance of the part.

The drums sounds great, with a strong progression and development throughout the track that holds the structure and drives the arrangement, building energy as the track rises.

The rest of the EP is also worth checking out, I really liked the piano part in ‘Where’s Luna’ as a contrast to the pumping and breathing elements in the rest of the track.

The track Boom by Jecin George is an upbeat future house styled piece that really has some brilliant musical elements in that are great to listen to. The track has you reaching for the volume dial to increase the energy that shifts throughout the track. I really enjoy upbeat music and this is perfect for the summer DJ sets that are upon us.

The drums are punchy and crisp which is a must in this style, there is a lovely reverberant space around the drums that really add to the atmospheric value of the track. With clever vocal and synth manipulation throughout, this track keeps you on your toes while listening, and if you haven’t started to move to this, i’m really not sure what will get you out of your seat! There are many different house and trance elements that come through the track and it is clear the Jecin George isn’t locked in to one style of music, for his productions and also for their influences.

The motif over the top of the track played on a slightly metallic marimba , is fun to listen to and happy by nature. A cool phrase that sticks in your mind and you almost want more of, even though it is well placed in the track. Overall, this is a great showcase of music production talent.

A Million Dreams released their first single of the year with ‘Sorcerer’, a beautiful track built around a luscious chord progression and fantastic set of electronic instruments. There is a real soul to this piece of music, which of course comes from the emotion behind the chords, but the mix is sympathetic to the ear, inviting the listener to focus on the other elements within the track that build up the melodic instrument layer.

The drums are not overbearing, sat in the back of the track allowing for the rich synths to take the focus, but present enough to allow the kick to give the track a heartbeat, an extra level to the depth. In reality, this is a very simple track, but more often than not, these are the best tracks because the complexity is able to come through because we can hear everything in the song. There is a subtle arpeggiated part that sparkles under the chord which I really enjoyed.

You can check out A Million Dreams on Spotify.

Jack Bacon drops his ‘Dark Matter EP’ on Sub-Label Recordings and the track ‘Icarus’ is an absolute blinder. A near 7 minute exploration of the atmospheric sides of techno and deeper music.

The track starts with a progressive beat with beautiful evolving pads that swell and move around the stereo field allowing the smaller details to jump through the mix. All of the synth work that follows and develops throughout the track is brilliant and really enjoyable to listen to. The bell like sounds that flutter over the top of the track give so much expression, and this is all before the arpeggiated pad riff floats in from the background before propelling the track forward.

The glitchy percussion exaggerates the beat and gives a sense of urgency to the track that really brings it to life, complimenting the smooth pads and rolling reverbs.

As a debut release on the label, this is a really strong collection of tracks and if you dive in further and listen to Aeris and Orbis as well, you will be well and truly satisfied with you 20 minutes spent floating through the atmospheric techno that Jack Bacon really has down to a fine art.

Liquithority drops another huge track unto the world with ‘War Lord’, a more intense and slightly darker piece of music, that still captures the unique sound and style that is the Manchester producer to a t.

The drums are crisp and punchy, driving the track forward and providing structure to the brilliantly spaced instrumentation and mix of synths that dance around the stereo field. The snare drum rolls and ticks along with such a groove that really adds the feel of a human player to the part. The drums, bass and synth sound design in this track is really spot on and listening in headphones only exaggerates the space that has been produced in this track.

As always, I am very impressed with the musicality and production from Liquithority, seeing a new track released by him always brings a smile to my face. This track doesn’t fail to do that either, my favourite sound in the track is the distant bass that introduces a key change towards the second half of the track showing the depth of musical knowledge and mixing technique. This is brilliant, check it out now.

Mike Moss drops his latest music offering with his EP, “Start with Love, And Forgive the Rest”. This is a brilliant blend of electronic elements infused within a traditional instrument set of a band. In the seven track collection, he takes us on a journey through his mind and vision of the world.

My personal favourite from listening to the EP is ‘Revolver’, an upbeat track with a awesome vocal line, excellent musical performances on each instrument and a killer arpeggiated synth line. There is so much soul with the dynamics build within the track, from the lower parts to the full on chorus, all creating a magical wall of sound that supports the vocal perfectly. This production is consistent across the each track on the release and it is really refreshing to hear so much detail put across a collection of tracks, with each one being brilliantly different from the next, yet unmistakably Mike Moss.

“Revolver” has some really nice space and use of reverb that I really enjoyed, all the sounds are crisp and punchy throughout, especially the drums and vocals. The width and dynamic shifts in this track are particularly impressive and it makes for enjoyable listening on your favourite set of speakers! I can highly recommend this release as a perfect example of production values for a release, and a great set tracks from a talented musician and performer, Mike Moss.

FERG release their incredibly creative track “123” on Stripes Records, this is a masterful piece of music that needs to be experienced, not just listened to. The instrumentation is interesting and somewhat unusual, although, each sound is perfectly crafted and given it’s own space within the mix. The width in the stereo imaging is incredible, with some of the high synth sounds seemingly jumping out of the speakers horizontally.

The reverb on the vocal stab and the cavernous space that this creates rolling away in to the background is unreal. I couldn’t help but smile listening to this. The introduction of the mallet type instruments to almost give more stimulus to the listener perfectly compensates the lack of words with in the vocal part. It is really very well put together and I am particularly inspired listening to this.

This track, in my opinion, borrows from so many genres that it almost shouldn’t work, but then again, thats probably why it does. The selection of instruments is really well thought out with each sound able to contradict and compliment the other parts of the arrangement. The dynamics in the mix rise and fall and build a really interesting energy as the track progresses. Brilliant piece of music that I’m really glad I’ve had the opportunity to listen to.

‘Man of the House’ is a brilliantly cool blend of hip hop with electronic and orchestral elements that build an excellent platform for the story to be told over the top. The variations that mix up the driving beat,  funky piano and bass are brilliant examples of modern production values that propel a classic style and instrument set into an amazing track that has depth and detail that really supports and defines the the artists on display – Don Jovani and Dwayne Nate.

The different ad-libs supporting the main vocals give a real sense of experimentation and desire to create a vocal that is forward thinking and well produced. It paints a picture that you can re-imagine in your mind as you follow the facts and storyline that is delivered.

I really enjoyed listening to this track because the the instrumental in so interesting and well produced, these are some great musicians and producers who are creating some brilliant stuff and I’m eagerly waiting to listen to some more!