Review – Dale Middleton proves there’s nothing tarnished with his tracks

Artist: Dale Middleton
Title: Cuesta
Remixer: Silinder
Label: Tarnished Tracks
Release: Out Now
Genre: Progressive House

Dale Middleton‘s new label Tarnished Tracks returns for its third release – Cuesta – from the label main man himself, which in Spanish means ‘cost’. Along with the superb original, there’s a tasty remix from highly regarded Irish producer Silinder.

The original opens with beautiful intent; a rock solid percussive foundation underpinned by a rolling bass line that teases the listener with a multitude of hats and claps before the dancing plucked synth riff gradually eases into the listener’s subconscious. Across the higher end of the sonic spectrum with a cleverly automated filter to open the sonics, the breakdown strips away the fundamental elements coupled with a breathy vocal visage before firing back into the main body of the production. Dale’s studio skills effortlessly work the track into an unrelenting slice of pure progressive heaven, weaving the infectious melody into a cavalcade of builds and drops as we have come to expect from his outstanding awareness of the fundamentals of working the dance floor.

On the flip side, Silinder takes all of the elements of the original and weaves his magic by introducing an ethereal soundscape of lush pad chords, creating an enchanting atmosphere before firing a full-on percussive ensemble with the infectious melodic content of Dale’s original. Understated, yet prominent within his remix the wash of soundscapes compliments the original magnificently. Silinder has delivered a really classy rework that teases and entices the listener as only he can. Beautifully subtle additions of choral snippets heavily chopped and effected create a dramatic and uniquely emotive experience that rounds out a stellar package.

A sublime addition to Tarnished Tracks catalogue and a release I’m certain will find favour with many of the established progressive-orientated DJs across the globe. Tarnished’s main man can pat himself on the back for a job well done, and what a masterstroke getting Silinder on remix duties! A complete success from a label that’s really delivering the goods right now.