Artists : TILT featuring Sam Mollison
Track Name : The Hurt
Remixes : Andre Sobota, Kastis Torrau & Arnas D, TR20, Daniel Brookes
Label : Pro-B Tech
Cat No : PBT020
Released : 19.05.2014
Genre : Progressive House
Review by Andy Howarth

There’s very little that can be written about Tilt that hasn’t already been said before. Masters in their field for two decades now, their catalogue of releases have chronicled the history of Dance music. If like me you consider yourself to be a part of Dance’s “old guard”, you’ll remember losing your marbles to seminal Trancers like ‘Children’, ‘Butterfly’, ‘I Dream’, and their era-defining remix of ‘Stage One’ by Space Manoeuvres. Over the years their sound has matured, from main room Trance, to deeper-than-deep Progressive (as showcased on their incredible Platipus 10 Squared mix), right the way through to today.

This latest release from the lads retains many of the proggy elements that made them famous, and whilst their sound has evolved into a more House-centric beast, you can still hear that classic Tilt sound running through each of the 3 original renditions (main mix, dub, and TR20 mix respectively). They’re also impeccably produced, as you would come to expect from those who have been involved in electronica for such a long time, and demand repeated listens to pick apart the intricate melodies and subtle details that you would almost certainly miss by skimming through it. I will go on record as saying that I don’t think ‘The Hurt’ is quite as immediate as some of their archived tracks, however it is an accomplished production that’s suitably infectious in nature (in any guise). Spend some time getting to know the track and you’re rewarded with a musical depth that’s so rarely found in a world of hastily-made Deep House carbon copies and stomach-turning big-room Electro.

Stepping forward for remix detail are Andre Sobota, Daniel Brooks, and Kastis Torrau & Arnas D. All are amply qualified producers, and all offer up their own unique (if not always vastly different) take on Tilt’s original renditions. Kastis Torrau & Arnas D opt for a full-on bassline assault, married to a rolling techy riff and a full vox. Brooks serves up a stripped back Housier remix that shifts the focus away from the epic orchestral strings, and towards Sam Mollinson’s harmonious vocals. Exploring a more Breaksy approach, Sobota puts forward a guitar-driven affair that sounds very much like the sort of thing you’d catch Sasha dropping these days. Furthermore, if the vocals really aren’t doing it for you, he’s provided a dub mix which completely does away with them, and allows you to enjoy the unbridled riffs in all their glory.

On the whole, it’s a beautifully refined and acoustically resonant EP that does justice to the Tilt name, and there’s plenty on offer here to appease their loyal fanbase. The sheer volume of work they have done over the years in helping to sculpt the landscape of Dance music as we see it today demands respect, and as such, any true lover of Progressive House should set aside a few moments of their time to enjoy the output of one of electronica’s hardest working and well-respected production team.

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.