Review – Nick Warren and Guy Mantzur release Sad Robot on Bedrock

Artist: Nick Warren and Guy Mantzur
Title: Sad Robot
Label: Bedrock
Catalogue Number: BEDDIGI60
Release Date: 16/03/2015
Genre: Deep House/Techno

I’ve been buying records for nearly twenty years and John Digweed’s Bedrock label is one of the few that I have consistently followed all the way through. Great to see it has not only survived over that time but continues to go from strength to strength with a constant supply of top class music from many of the hottest artists around.

The latest release comes from two men who need little introduction, Nick Warren and Guy Mantzur. Both are great friends and massively respected artists who have been rocking dance floors around the world, week after week, for many years.

Nick has just finished a hugely successful tour of South America and is also working on a new, eagerly anticipated Way Out West album with production partner Jody Wisternoff. Guy recently released the fantastic “Time” album with Sahar Z on Lost & Found. He also runs the excellent Plattenbank Records in between touring the world.

“Sad Robot” immediately grabs you with it’s fantastic groove and percussion. The vocal snippets come in and out to really build the emotions up as the the track progresses. There is a beautifully funky feel to it, yet the bassline and synths give it a tougher attitude lurking below the euphoric vocal washes. Nothing too dark or sinister but definitely letting you know it means business. Both artists’ influences and styles combine and complement each other really well to make a dance floor gem.

The remix is supplied by Musumeci, aka Sicilian DJ/Producer, Mauro Di Martino. This is Musumeci’s debut on Bedrock after having already released music on quality labels such as Connaisseur Recordings and Aeon, ran by Alex Niggemann. Musumeci strips things back and takes it darker with a brilliant throbbing bassline and menacing arps. Faster and harder, this is a peak time bomb. This will go down great with the melodic house and techno crowds. A superb remix to complete the release and certainly a producer to look out for.

With an excellent collaboration between two great artists in their own right and ably backed by a brilliant remix from Musumeci, this is a great release from Bedrock. This “Robot” might be “Sad” but it is definitely going to make you move in all the right ways.

About the Author

A lover of underground electronic music since the '90's. Luke DJ's at clubs and festivals around the UK and also hosts his own radio show, Flux, on Frisky every month.