Title: Dreams Of A Solo
Released: Out Now!
The ARTS label has been catching both ears and eyes for a little while now with its mesmerising brand of deep melodic techno and it’s equally mesmeric tendency to lovingly press its releases on some rather delicious multi-coloured vinyl. Derrick Mark protégé, Karim Sahouri’s recent EP found favour with the likes of Darren Emerson and Ian O’Donovan whilst the label seems to be going from strength to strength. Here we check out Roberto’s new release featuring a rather tasty Trevino mix.
First on the EP is Roberto’s ‘Dreams Of A Solo’. This is the type of deep throbbing tech house cut you could imagine slipping into the later hours of a Laurent Garnier set. It floats along hypnotically for six minutes or so with the track evolving around a jacking ‘funk’ vocal sample and some muted piano lines, which echo mysteriously in the background. The track will work well for locking the dance floor into a groove and typifies the labels European take on the sound of Detroit.
However, it is the Trevino mix which really hits the spot. Fresh from successful outings on Aus and Hotflush, Manchester’s own Marcus Intalex (Aka Trevino) continues his fine run of form here. Fat analog drums fortify the original’s groove with a healthy dose of Detroit style machine funk thrown in for good measure. The track grows around a simple organ refrain, building gradually before stripping back to the vocal hook. Deep, dark and full of Trevino style goodness, this one sees the producer in pumping deep techno territory as opposed to his more house orientated offerings and that’s no bad thing in my book.
‘Square Valley’ comes next with its raw warehouse drums and echoing effects but it’s a little too minimal for my taste if I am honest but if you like your minimal certainly check this out! It has some fine elements to tickle your fancy. Final track ‘The Grain That Runs Deep’ takes us further into warehouse territory and explores the darker side of cavernous Maurizio style techno. Metallic spiraling pads and overdriven 909 rides push and pull the track in all the right places, showing that Roberto has got more than a few neat tricks up his sleeve. Overall another fine deep techno release for the Arts label and one which is worth the entrance fee for the Trevino mix alone.