Title: ‘GameOvr / Trigonometry’
Label: Watergate Records
Cat No: WGVinyl04
Release Date: 21st August 2017
Genre: House / Techno
While 2017 saw the reunion of progressive giants Sasha and Digweed via the announcement of their Resistance Ibiza residency, Stokes’ finest and the irrefutable master of the seamless mix has been busy outside of his appearances behind the turntables. Fresh from his exceptional release on Michael Mayer bastion of minimal techno Kompakt, he hops just up the autobahn and lands on the legendary Berlin based label Watergate for his next venture.
First on to the platter is lead cut ‘Trigonometry’, which has featured in numerous Sasha sets over recent months. The track has sparked a wave of excitement and left crowds stunned across the globe with its sublime breakdown. Nine minutes of blissed out deep post-trance techno, this incessant dreamy chugger ebbs and flows, riding along on glitchy-minimal rhythms and undulating arpeggios building the track towards an epic crescendo. Finally, we are teased into that sequence of euphoric chimed chords which has so enraptured the crowds who have been lucky enough to hear it in his sets recently. The hybrid of precise deep techno and emotive acid soaked house marks another fine release for what has been a very productive year for the progressive pioneer.
Berlin based swede and long-time Watergate resident La Fleur steps in to do the remix honours. Here she dirties up the beats and ups the swing factor with off kilter snare slaps but never loses sight of the emotive code of the track. Half way through the remake, it locks into the originals epic refrain and adds further layers of deep intertwining synths before that breakdown kicks in. With its skipping beats and deep nineties style bass thump, this version will certainly work well with more house orientated crowds.
Next comes another Sasha original in the guise of the tougher tribal throb of ‘GameOvr’. A straight up slice of heads down techno, which should perhaps come packaged with a complimentary strobe light for maximum effect. Fizzing white noise and echoing sirens dominate the track, while the brooding male vocals are reminiscent of X-Press 2’s big-room chugger ‘Smoke Machine’. Heavy duty dance-floor tackle which takes no prisoners.
Finally, we head to over to another Berlin based resident in the shape of Cassy. A female force to be reckoned on the techno and house scene, Cassy has been busy forging her own inimitable sound through her remixes and productions. This culminated in last years’ excellent album ‘Donna’ on the highly regarded Aus music. Here she shifts up the gears for an abrasive Chicago style stomper, that feels industrial yet unquestionably funky. With its mechanical vocals and phase shifted percussion this is some serious body jacking music and a fine way to round off the package.