Artist: Steve Lawler, Mathew Jonson, Catz ‘N Dogz, Livio & Roby
Title: 10 Years of VIVa MUSiC: Decadedance Part Two
Label: Viva Music
Cat No: VIVaX2
Release: Out Now!
Genre: Tech House
Viva Music is back with part two of the 10-year celebration of the underground mega label’s conception and what a celebration of sound it is. In part one we saw some top class Tech from Phil Weeks, Junior Sanchez, Harvard Bass and Groove Armada. This time around, Viva have added to that all-star team with a wonderful collection of records.
The Polish, duo Catz ‘N Dogz, renowned for their fabulous melodies and engaging live performances get part two underway with their huge track ‘Ali’. A low end consisting of a stretched bassline easily accomplishes a hooking groove. An offbeat percussive sound pitches and pushes the boundaries whilst various synths float around the spectrum. The duo’s use of vocal chops humanises the record whilst the mechanically perfect industrial groove keeps things dark, but also fun.
Livio & Roby’s modern adaptation on their national sound is gifted to us through ‘9 De Ville’. The main lead is made up of a trippy brass sound with a low rumble created through a deep kick drum and short saw wave. Strings and pads fill the mids with strange pulsations. This trippy Tech number of a random nature is absolutely mind bending!
Mathew Jonson’s ‘1234567’ makes fantastic use of a minimalist sound palette. A beautifully dark ambience is created with huge reverbs and delays off in the depths whilst a huge thump of an 808 fills the subs. The arrangement continues into a selection of bright pads and melodic arpeggios. Cinematic drums are introduced to increase the energy. This track is a show of force from Matthew. It’s a display of skill and stands true to quality over quantity.
Label boss Steve Lawler drops in with his track ‘Show The Way’, which, as you would expect from the mythical man, is brilliant. An energized bassline accompanies an array of analog drum tones and retro stabs with a nice vocal in the high-mid frequencies. The retro 70’s style stabs and strings become the shining body of the track. This is what Tech House is all about! Fun, exciting elements that can enlighten entire arenas with minimal effort. Fantastic stuff once again from Viva Music.