Artist: The Model
Title: More UFOs EP (The Remixes)
Cat No: IR004X
Release Date: 12th December 2017
Genre: Deep House / Techno
Founded back in 2016 and brainchild of highly respected Singapore DJ and producer Eddie Niguel, Integrity Records has seen a string of successful releases over the last couple of years. Featuring a diverse range of artists such as NT89, Kocleo, Copy Paste Soul, and indeed Eddie himself, the fledgling label is rapidly gaining a wide fan base with a focus primarily on high-quality deep underground house. In the last few months, Niguel’s own track ‘Absolute’ smashed dancefloors and crossed over into a variety of big name DJ sets. Here Niguel calls in Tony Lionni, Daschund, and newcomer David Jackson to take on the models ‘No UFO’s’ EP released on the label a couple of months back.
Seasoned house veteran and producer of Ostgut Ton anthems Tony Lionni, kicks off proceedings by transforming the UK rave inspired ‘Rave Wave’ into seven and a half minutes of hypnotic italo-influenced Detroit techno. The track follows Lionni’s recent shift towards more techno orientated offerings and here we find him located squarely in the centre of the dancefloor. The track builds from the Morodor style throb of the opening bass groove, through acid-laced arpeggios and skipping 909 snares. The finale of the track sees Carl Craig style stabs elevating the track even further as they add another layer of melody and warmth to round off the journey. A fine rework and one that could work extremely well for those peak or late night moments on house or deeper techno floors.
Next up, Daschund’s version of ‘House Machine’ is a different beast altogether. The Swiss house don creates a buoyant jacking cut with looping industrial claves and an old school jungle brothers style vocal that pops in and out of the mix. After a few minutes, the deep subs kick in underpinning the groove, pushing the bass frequencies and upping the energy levels. UK house and garage influences filter in and out of the track adding extra texture and keeping a connection with the original.
Finally, Heidelberg based David Jackson takes on lead track ‘No UFOs’. The seventeen-year-old producer (Yes you head me right), has already been picking up attention for his sophisticated production skills and mature ear. Here he transforms ‘More UFOs’ into a lethal warehouse banger, eschewing a subtler approach in favour of some brute force. This comes via some heavy drum programming whilst the breaks prove he also has an eye for detail. Here he utilises rising effects and widescreen washes to provide a contrast to the robust mechanical thud of the tracks main body. Fine work indeed and whilst David Jackson was not a name on my lips prior to this review, he is certainly a name now on my radar for future releases.
Overall then a well-rounded package with three very different interpretations. Great work from a label that is going from strength to strength right now.