While those fresh off the boat to Electronic music may not be so familiar with the name Martin Dawson, the consistent wave of mourning for his recent death is sure to have led to a little homework regarding one of British Dance music’s most respected contributors.
Having famously set down his Electronic yarns under the guise of King Roc and Two Armadillos, industry peers Noir, Habischman and Cari Golden have united to unveil what may well be the final production of Dawson’s to ever see the light of day as a free download in memory of the late producer. Tailoring his own grooves and distant melodic progressions, Dawson’s ability to match the Cari Golden’s intimate topline with his own divergent club stylings overs a solid insight into the mind set of a man who inspired respect and appraisal from many corners of European club culture within his successful yet regrettably shortened career.
RIP Martin Dawson.
Back on track with a notable shade of ‘deep’, Denmark based producer Noir provides a House rework of his recently released ‘Satisfied‘ single for his self-entitled record label, Noir Music.
Already proving one of House music’s finest A&R’s currently on offer, the Danish producer and label head honcho drives a smooth yet funky array of analogue leads alongside the track’s intimate beat work to pen a remix rife with ambience and melodic vitality. Accommodating the emotive vocal work with little apprehension, the House mix of ‘Satisfied’ showcases René Kristensen as a master of the soulful scope of Noir Music’s distinct stylings.
Projecting a forward thinking shadow over the more predictable realms of Dance music for more than five years, Noir Music have certainly collected some stunning talents along the way. As notable favourites and increasingly potent landmarks in Sweden and Germany’s deeper instalments, Dana Bergquist & Peder G and Tapesh & Dayne S show no signs of simmering with two soulful contributions to volume 5 of Noir Music’s Second Chances & New Romance compilation series.
Effortlessly balancing deep rerunning vocal samples and vintage energy, ‘Survive’ and ‘Don’t You Know’ deploy two dexterous injections of smooth club fuel that encapsulates the once spiritual energy of the White Isle without compromising on 21st century production values.
Projecting a forward thinking shadow over the more predictable realms of Dance music for more than five years, Noir Music have certainly collected some stunning talents along the way. As notable favourites and increasingly potent landmarks in Sweden’s deeper instalments, Dana Bergquist and Peder G show no sign of simmering with a soulful contribution to volume 5 of Noir Music’s Second Chances & New Romance compilation series. In an effortless balance of deep rerunning vocal sample and vintage Trance energy, ‘Survive’ deploys a dexterous injection of smooth club fuel that encapsulates the once spiritual energy of the White Isle without compromising on 21st century production values.
‘Survive’ will be released September 3rd on Noir Music.
German Deep House deviant Larse returns to make his mark on volume three of Noir Music’s ‘Use Your Ears’ compilation series with ‘VSJ’. Having recently unveiled an affirmative remix of Candi Staton’s ‘Hallelujah Anyway’ for Defected, the rising producer dons his signature haunting sample work to a canvas of steady grooves and reverberated melodies to forge by far one of his most evocative solo productions to date. As his global infamy continues so soar to universal heights, this powerful mark of sturdy club fuel adds yet further weight to the Deep House overhaul that Larse remains a strong contender to.
The summer is not all about eccentric peak timers and carnivalesque club hits. Oslo’s Finnebassen knows this all too well and on the back of his impending legacy as the young master of down-to-earth Electronica, his latest studio escapade ‘Touching Me’ sets the burden of proof of the above statement to an all time high.
Divine in both atmosphere and persistent stamina, the Norwegian producer fuses the perfect concoction of after party grooves alongside the tracks emotively refined top line to forge a track as fit for the closing set as it is the poolside chill. Where Finnebassen’s laidback melodics may not make for everyone’s ultimate summer soundtrack, this is ambient Dance music at its most angelic from a definite ‘one-to-watch’ on the European circuit.
Words by Dan Carter