vendredi 22 décembre 2017

Riva Starr - Adventures In Drums (CRM192)

The brainchild of Damian Lazarus, Crosstown Rebels has become home to many big hitters. Following on from his remix of Satori earlier this year, Riva Starr delivers his own, three-part tribal beast, 'Adventures In Drums'.

'My Afrika' opens up the EP with what would appear to be a tribal leader commanding your attention as the wobbly synths draw you in. As the heady bass kicks in you can't help but succumb to the rhythm. On 'Eurovoodoo', alien sounding synths are weaved amongst high hats luring you into a trance-like, hypnotic state. 'El Sonido'  leans towards a faster, flamenco style sound with tribal singing beckoning you to the dancefloor.

Riva Starr is the alias of East London based Stefano Miele. He has long been a staple in the club scene bringing dancefloor fire to some of the world's biggest stages, from Glastonbury to Japan's Fuji Rock. His credibility as an artist has led to collaborations with siome of the industry's biggest players, including the likes of Green Velvet, as well as remixing for a number of high-profile musicians such as Wiley and London Grammar. Founder of Snatch!, in 2017 was a monumental year for the label having reached 100th release.

1. My Afrika
2. Eurovoodoo
3. El Sonido

Released: 19/01/2018
Cat#: CRM192
Distribution: Above Board


samedi 9 décembre 2017

Rowee - Dharmony (RBL049)

Following on from the Rebellion release at the start of this year, Italian producer Rowee returns to the label with 'Dharmony'. A spiritual offering, the two track EP is a fitting addition to the Rebellion catalogue.

A rich landscape of playful synths, 'Dharmony' is a fusion of melodies and harmonies that set the tone for the EP. Rowee was inspired by the Dharma, 'a key concept with multiple meanings in the Indian religions. There is no single word translation for Dharma in Western languages. In Hinduism, Dharma is the order that makes life and universe possible, the 'right way of living' '.

On the B-side, Rowee manipulates KnowKontrol's vocal into a new dimension. Intricate sounds are layered over the baseline, concluding this otherworldly trip.

Rowee is prolific Italian DJ and producer Leonardo Gonnelli. Fresh from his release on Seth Troxler's Play It Say It imprint and nominated in the category of Best Track at Vicious Music Awards, Leonardo Gonnelli has demonstrated his exceptional talent as a DJ whilst playing at worldwide events such as the legendary Space Miami, Pacha Buenos Aires, BPM Mexico, Dockyard Festival (ADE) in Amsterdam and Sonar.

Having recently remixed Yousef 'Vanity' Feat. The Angel on Crosstown Rebels , 2017 marks the start of a new chapter for Rowee, promising a bright future of what is yet to come.

1. Rowee - Dharmony
2. Rowee Feat. KnowKontrol - Momento

Released: 08/12/2017
Cat#: RBL049
Distribution: Above Board