Pako & Frederik – Slack The Technique EP

Artist : Pako & Frederik
Title : Slack The Technique EP
Remixer : John Debo, Hugo Ibarra
Label : We Are Here Music
Cat Number : WAHM002
Released : 19.03.2014
Genre : Progressive House
Review by Andy Howarth

I’ve been a fan of Pako & Frederik’s deeper shade of Dance music for quite some time now. They first came to my attention after I heard a couple of their ambient works on Electric Calm V.2, one of Global Underground’s downtempo releases from way back when. They’ve had numerous releases since then, but their subdued approach to electronica remains consistent.

Arriving on We Are Here music, they serve up an EP of one original track, accompanied by 2 remixes. Title track ‘Slack The Technique’ is a Progressive/Deep House crossover that builds around a low-end rumbling bassline, and complements it with reverbed vocal snippets and synth stabs throughout. As an introductory tool from which to build your set, it works rather nicely, however some might find it a little too relaxed for use later in the night.

John Debo steps up to the plate first and takes things deeper still by dropping the tempo slightly, and pouring on layer upon layer of ambient soundscapes. The reverbed vox snippets lend the track an ethereal feel that’s typical of Pako & Frederik’s style, and by the time the acidic key arrangement eased its way into the mix, I was forced to conclude that Debo had actually bettered the original with his wistful otherworldly rendition.

Rounding up proceedings is Hugo Ibarra, who opts for a more full-frontal take. He’s retained the lush chords and the vocal sections, but chosen to tie them all to much Housier groundwork. If either of the two prior productions are a little tame for your tastes, you might find this classy rework suits your palette a little better. Whichever route you opt for, you’ll not be left disappointed, although if I had to choose a favourite of the bunch it would almost certainly be John’s beautifully delicate rendition… Equally as home on a Progressive House mix as it is on a downtempo session, and if you’re driving through the night and need something to trip out to on your journey, i’d imagine this will fit the bill perfectly.

About the Author

Born of the Oxfordshire countryside, Andy has always preferred the quaint aspects of life around a historic city to the hustle and bustle of places like London or Birmingham. That said, the desire to satisfy his thirst for live music has led to him fleeing the tranquility of rural life on a regular basis, in favour of regions where the nightlife doesn't have to come to an abrupt end at 3am.