Portuguese label Soniculture are on the cusp of releasing their second EP which ties in to their own festival called “Forte.” It showcases some of the guests that are scheduled to appear at the festival which includes NX1, Apart and Vatican Shadow. The full festival lineup has Regis to Ben Klock to Function and many others. Tickets for the festival can be found on their website HERE.
Both the label and festival projects are headed up by the excellent Expander who delivers the original track here and has really impressed us with his tracks.
We selected the mischievous remix by Barcelona natives NX1 for this DT:Premiere. It takes a rolling drum and acid influence, flips it up with some haunting chords, driving momentum and lashing hats. A funky and powerful ride that we really think will do the business.
Released… Monday 17 August 2015
SONICULTURE21 – Expander – Volta Forte
A2. Forte (NX1 Remix)
A3. Forte (Apart Remix)
B. Forte (Vatican Shadow Remix)
Label : Wolfskuil
CAT# : WOLF032
Artist : Doka
Title : Ask
Released : Vinyl 10 June 2015 & Beatport 15 June 2015
02. Ask (NX1 Remix)
03. Ask (Aiken Remix)
One of the features in Doka’s productions is the creativeness and this release is no exception. A title track and two remixes from Spanish artists NX1 and Aiken make this release three high quality options.
The original mix has a thick and throbbing kick which makes you feel its power instantly, repetitive driving notes from filtered synths deliver the melody, which expand with stereo trails. Holding a rotating and very strident hat, claps appear in tandem to introduce the breakdown which is the wider part of the melody. The kick drops shortly after that, filtering down the synths and bringing back the euphoric rhythm. There is a depth of textures in the track, with bleeps programming my brain as binary code, which persist until the end.
NX1 has a more accelerated approach, with bouncing drums revealed by the kick and accenting sub sweeps create a great vibe. Metallic, windswept atmospherics appear and gradual, fading reverberated claps join in for a temporary breather in the beat before going full throttle again. The delightful skirl which remains in my head resembles a cricket of the night, that carries the ride forward as the sounds continue to morph with a strong old school tribal feel.
Going for a more energetic style here, Aiken adds a stripped back feel at the same time, with metallic sounds and huge swelling bass under the compact kick and quirky glassy rolls show a cool character. Phased organ notes shoot through the mix towards the half way point in the track, which are totally unexpected, but work really well as sounds slowly fall away and it becomes the dominant solo feature. As it soothes and captivates, a sudden switch back to the original arrangement drops and contrasts, but with added claps this time.
Each track very much of their own accord and special tools as and when you require them in a set.
– Reviewed by Juan Trujillo for deathtechno.com
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