Review – DJ Red unleashes a percussive monster

Artist: DJ Red
Title: Underwater
Label: Electric Deluxe
Release: 29th July 2016
Genre: Tech House

Things falling in line from the outset of the title track, Underwater. There is a warmth here that is offset by some interestingly reverb-drenched percussion. As obvious as it may sound, my imagination picks out a wave running back out to sea over the sand on a shallow beach. The percussion here has almost a melodic feel to it, that just does a great job of keeping things together until the bassline makes its presence felt. Some choice percussion helps keep things as the rest of the track stretches its legs.

Then Sweet Silence comes in on a whole other vibe but has that same ability to draw you in as it develops. Considerably more experiential when it is compared to Underwater but nonetheless, this works an absolute treat. It all gels together wonderfully while it swirls out of the speakers and around the room. While sounding immense at volume, there is almost a feeling of restrained aggression here from DJ Red. A thin line but we are most certainly on the right side of it here.

For the second half, we have a remix of both tracks. Firstly, we have the Sweet Silence Redux from Stanislav Tolkachev. Layers of sound build and come together here to help elaborate on DJ Red’s experimental angle on Sweet Silence. They build and as just as it most becomes too much, there is a huge change in direction. To be honest, it was quite unexpected but we there is a dancefloor that will catch fire when this gets dropped at the right moment but at the same time, it becomes a DJ tool as it runs its course.

The second remix comes from Zeitgerber who gives Underwater a whole new wardrobe. Swingy, jazzy goodness opens the door. This one was a very pleasant surprise. Wonderfully live feeling double bass sets things up as the percussive elements are introduced. Again, looking back at some of the experimental points of the rest of the release, this joins those ranks. This one gets weirder as it goes but gets better with each listen. Spooky earworm music, Perfect!

Overall, DJ Red and Electric Deluxe have a seriously interesting and well-balanced release on their hands here. We are looking forward to 048 already.


About the Author

With almost 8 years of music production under his belt while producing bass music as DROKKR and more recently, electro and techno under his Dave Mono moniker, the Cork based producer & DJ has enjoyed a truly tireless love affair with all forms of electronic music. From Aux 88 and right through to Venetian Snares, everything has found itself a little place in the heart of this Corkman.