Artist : Solomun
Title : Samson EP
Label : Diynamic Music
Cat No : DIY070
Genre : Deep House
Review by Andy Howarth
Hamburg-raised House leviathan Solomun has had a fairly gleaming few years recently. Firmly established as one of Dance music’s big-hitters, and a regular headliner across the globe at festivals and club events alike, he needs no introduction. His new EP on Diynamic is a worthy example of how he’s reached such lofty heights, and fans of Tech-House and emotive Progressive would be wise to pay attention.
Firing out of the gates with first track ‘Medea’, it’s clear that restrained rolling beats are the order of the day. Nothing about this track is hurried or urgent, in fact it’s an exercise in building subtle percussive elements and warm synth stabs. It’s a nice track for the earlier parts of your set, and despite Diynamic’s claims that it’s a “peaktime monster”, i’m not sure the crowd of people in front of you will be inclined to agree. Use it as a foundational set builder, and it’ll definitely encourage the head-nodders away from the bar and onto the floor.
EP title track ‘Samson’ follows up, and a listen through is enough to tell you he’s either been listening to a bit of Pantha Du Prince/Lee Burridge, or he’s recently watched Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut. Either way, the orchestral strings that are prominent throughout are epic to say the least. The chord changes tug at the heart strings and completely dominate the track. It’s actually quite easy to get lost in it, and even if the accompanying beats aren’t to your taste, there’s a ‘strings only’ version thrown in for good measure. Solomun builds his cinematic production with interjections of operatic vocals, and steadily warms up the techy underlying riff to a dizzying crescendo, and you’re actually left feeling slightly breathless by the time his opus draws to a close.
All said and done, it’s another qualified string to Solomun’s bow, and if I could find an occasion where I thought I could get away with playing incredibly powerful symphonious House music to a crowd of people, I know exactly which track from this EP i’d be reaching for.