With an unprecedented discography of originals and high-profile remixes already behind him, Australia’s Dirty South drops his debut full-length offering “Speed of Life” enroute to WMC in a bid to show the full potential of the album concept. True to its title and inspired by the different moods and energy surges of Dragan Roganović and the hectic global tendencies that saw the album created almost entirely on the road,” Speed of Life” is by very nature an album of musical balance. Despite being more commonly associated with an emotive peak time output through his Phazing imprint, the album looks forward rather than relying on the steps behind it.
“Speed Of Life” is today exclusively on iTunes.
Kicked off with ‘Gods’, a powerful yet melodic snapshot of Dirty South’s instrumental aptitude alongside Rudy, further unique snapshots ‘Until The End’ and ‘Your Heart’ match thick skinned composition with the uplifting vocal tendencies that Dirty South has come to hallmark, benefitting considerably from Joe Gil’s slick vocal assets. While tracks such as ‘Champions’ emphasize his ability to match the with club proof energy, the outspoken ‘Sunrise’ acts as a firm reminder to the sheer coherent latitude that has forged Dirty South as an image of creative substance upon the modern industry skyline.
Where others have used the full-length format as a dumping ground for B-sides and inconsistent collaborations, “Speed of Life” is as much a journey piece in its own right as it is an aural landmark to the various dimensions of the Australian producer’s whirlwind career. In one of the more mature yet meticulous balancing of modern club fuel and upfront musical ingenuity, this full-length debut shows that far from burning out on the global club circuit, Dirty South has found creative absolution in the face of dance music’s alleged heyday. Balance in place and quality at a high, the life and times of Dragan Roganović are unlikely to slow down in the wake of this full-length landmark for artist and industry alike.
Words by Dan Carter