Artist : TR20
Track Name : Road Sines
Remixers: Barry Jamieson
Label : KYUBU
Cat No : KYB001
Release : 24.02.2014
Genre : Progressive House/Techno
Fresh for 2014 is the new Kyubu imprint, started by Joshua Tobin & Jack Rutherford as an outlet for the music they loved. Their first release comes as part of their TR20 alias, and utilises the talents of producer Barry Jamieson for the B-side remix.
The original starts off as a pulsating Techno-influenced thumper, with crunchy percussion and grinding synths reverberating away underneath an almost Tribal riff. There’s echoed vocals that fire off throughout that contribute nicely to the build of the track, before the main chords gatecrash their way into the mix. I’m not overly sold on the route they take from here unfortunately. The gritty promise of the first half breaks away entirely to reveal a lacklustre psychedelic second half, that sounds disjointed and out of place. It sounds more like 2 separate records that have been joined together, and as a complete track there’s just too much going on for it to form any kind of cohesion.
Luckily Barry is on hand to salvage the operation with his cool and collected rework. He opts for a deeper route, and builds around a rumbling bassline, employing bubbling synth stabs and a lush backing riff to craft this euphoric Progressive House gem. It’s definitely the version to head for out of the two, and although the original version does have certain aspects to recommend, i’m quietly hoping Jamieson is given the call back for another solo release on this newborn label.