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Singles - Tech House - Issue 594

Ray Mono

Esperanza EP

Moxy Muzik

10
This sumptuous EP comes from producer and resident of the highly regarded Leeds party, Mono_Cult, Ray Mono. He supplies a serious double act of absolute fire lauded by Moxy’s label head, Darius Syrossian. The attention duly falls on ‘Esperanza', for its devilishly catchy vocal sampling, but EP opener ‘Initiated’ is an understated, rolling beast. The EP is completed with two remixes of ‘Esperanza’ from Fuse affiliate Seb Zito, and rising Argentinian Brandub. Zito supplies a dub mix-styled, bass bumping ride, while Brandub invigorates his remix with a new atmosphere, bubbling pulses and a seductive chord engulfed breakdown. What a package.

Steve Bug

''The Reddish Hue''

Kwench Records

“My first contribution to Cassy's Kwench imprint, which is out now. It’s strongly influenced by my early days at the Front club in Hamburg.”

Raumakustik

'Animal/Waves'

Hot Creations

8.0
This is the duo’s debut on Jamie Jones’ high flying home imprint, though previously, the pair (plus Jones) delighted the scene with ‘Raider’ on Hottrax. They follow a similar format here with the dynamic, high energy and trippy club tool, ‘Animal’, followed by a Jones remix of a track entitled ‘Waves’. Subby, chunky in the mids, playful and hella trippy with its lengthy breakdown.

Renato Ratier

'Atacama'

D-Edge Records

8.5
Delightfully electrifying stuff on Renato’s single 'Atacama', which is revised into something more soulful by A.84, and more deep and chunky by Ney Faustini.

Josh Gregg

'Deadline EP'

Of Unsound mind

9.0
This rising Midlander furnishes OUM with a top drawer four-track EP. ‘Deadline’ is a clear peak-time killer, with its dark and searching synth progression and catchy chanting. Josh displays his production agility with the tribalistic, deep and melodic ‘Cristales’, before shifting again into nu skool territory with the tough and technoid ‘Antisocial’. Skream adds weight to the release with his own spaced out, broken beat ‘Deadline’ revision.

Mokadelic

'Doomed To Live Remixes'

Crosstown Rebels

7.5
This entirely Italian affair sees Davide Squillace and Lele Sacchi turn in danceable remixes of the novelty original — Mokadelic’s theme tune of hit TV series, Gomorra. Squillace supplies two good efforts; the grooving, percussive 'Ethnik' remix, and the much harder 'Techno' remix. Lele Sacchi follows with a more classic dance vibe that allows the emotive theme melody to shine, underpinned by an electronic bass progression and whirring atmospheres.

Anotr

'Draw Me'

Inermu Records

7.5
This Dutch duo delivers a tidy, deep and rolling EP on James Dexter’s Inermu Records. There are two well-balanced originals that groove well and offer trippy technicals in the mid to high frequencies; ‘Draw Me’ has spoken musings, while ‘Try Try Try’ forms a hypnotising and very low-slung groove. James Dexter shifts ‘Draw Me’ into a more atmospheric cut that’ll (kinda) make you feel like you’re submerged.

Amine Edge & Dance

'Get Busy EP'

NoExcuse Records

8.5
The sample-loving house heavyweights deliver a summer-tinged anthem in ‘Get Busy’, which quickly develops energy with an infectious, bass rumbling beat that has enough groove to roll on until winter. However, they go one step further, shamelessly adding a wild sample from a well-known early '80s disco funk classic. Tamango Records owner and Desolat affiliate, Yaya, jumps on for an understated cool, deep refix.

The Mekanism

'Guru EP'

Whippin

8.5
Mason Collective’s Whippin Records continues in fine form, with a third ultra solid EP from the Parisian tech-house maestro The Mekanism. Three originals of pacy, club floor business combine assertive, rolling percussion with purposed sub pulses and obscure effects. ‘Guru’ is the choice cut, with rugged percs and swamping low-end, and there's a deeper, atmospheric revision from Alex Dimou.

Floyd Lavine & David Mayer

'Sondela Remix EP'

connected

8.5
This is a brilliant, colourful and tactile remix package of the 2018 tracks ‘Sondela’ and ’Xi’. Jimpster, Auntie Flo, Kususa and Tunnelvisions do not disappoint.

VONDA7

'Werk It'

art | werk

9.0
The ever-impressive VONDA7 delivers a seriously fun and colourful sounding EP on her own imprint, art | werk, this month. The four-track ‘Werk It’ is brash and intense, befitting of a big-sounding main room, and full of excellent, uplifting, danceable technoid stylings with lashings of acid (on the Lauren Flax remix), and progressive melody throughout.