E lectronic music is often released at a frenetic pace, and apparently so much so that not everything you stumble upon will make its way to Soundcloud. Surprising or not, at the least it’s an indication that the platform is not necessarily the de facto method for bringing artists’ tracks to the spotlight. With that said, this week’s assortment of songs covers a range of tones.
The song in question is Gherkin Jerks’ “Bass Vibe” remix of Matrixxman’s “Augmented”, a thumping, driving force of a song that is fully demonstrative of Matrixxman’s attempts to capture what he dubs “resurgent techno avatism.” Matrixxman is no stranger to the techno landscape but still brings his own fresh edge, though not always immediately apparent. This remix of “Augmented” is simply relentless, rising in energy throughout and bringing an almost acid-like onslaught of synths in the later sections of the song. Given its unfortunate absence from Soundcloud, I’ve provided a YouTube link below:
Lighter in bass but not in tone, the Petar Dundov remix of “Crossfaded” is a great example of Dundov’s ability to build a trance out of his music. “Distant Shores”, released in 2012 and one of my personal favorites of his repertoire, is similar in style but arguably a little more inspired in how it weaves its buildup. “Crossfaded” is still solid but in some respects stands out as a track a DJ would simply use as a segue into something more attention-grabbing, as it appears to plateau about the mid-to-late point of the song. But it fulfills that role quite effectively and is still a track of note relative to some of Dundov’s other work, which is arguably attempting more of the same with less success.
Olivier Giacomotto has largely been a vanilla tech house name to me in the past, and though his remix of Oxia’s “Give a Feeling” may not even be close to breaking any new ground in that space it’s certainly still a club floor heavy hitter. It doesn’t hit full stride until about the 4:50 mark or so, but once it does it’s tough to avoid imagining hearing it at a show with the deafening force of towering speakers behind it. So for the time being, putting your music player’s EQ on Bass Booster and shutting your eyes will have to suffice.