Whispers in Berlin that its Innervisions crew had turned ‘trance’ had grown deafening, following some particularly euphoric performances at Mexico’s BPM Festival in January. Now we finally have proof in the form of this spectacular summer anthem Âme have turned in for the Life and Death stable. The original’s soulful singer/songwriter elements are adopted perfectly, wrapped around a twinkling, swirling cyclone of melody that peaks with an explosion of melancholic emotion. A definitive record that pushes the limits of what‘s defined as ‘progressive’ in 2014.
This record deals in the kind of bombast that will prove a little too much for some. Is that a Southern Baptist Choir it’s sampling? Our advice, though, is to just close your eyes and not to fight it. And when that grandiose bassline kicks in, raise your hands and show us some believin’.
Some people tell me that “man, I just don’t listen to lyrics” when they listen to music and whilst I appreciate their outlook I can’t abide it. And I’ve gotta be honest and say when you’ve got an emcee of Trim’s calibre riding a beat in his inimitably awkward, slow drawl way, the beat often feels secondary, but Ziro’s taut snare splattered production on ‘Lost’ matches Trim’s half chuckled mutters of “darkside” perfectly. More please.
Filsonik knows his onions. Coming up with New York icons like Mateo and Matos, and taken under the wing of Shelter legend Timmy Regisford, he's house music to the marrow. These days ensconced in Dennis Ferrer's Objektivity crew, he unleashes this brooding, bumping groove for Jamie Jones' Hot Creations. This is what comes out when you spend a couple of decades in nightclubs, not to mention some of the best nightclubs on the planet. He makes it sound easy, but it's not. It's just not.