Press: 4 // 31.07.20
Top 5 Wax of the Week
Every week, Dance Wax carefully chooses just FIVE Extended Play records (EP's) which we think will leave their mark. An EP normally has around three to five tracks and lasts for over twelve minutes. As they are less time consuming for the artist, EP's enable regular and fresh releases for us to enjoy.
1. Hybrasil - We Don't Flip
Berlin-based Irish artist, Hybrasil, returns once again to the stronghold label Rekids with four exhilarating yet murky cuts in We Don’t Flip. Over the years, Hybrasil has built a wealth of experience, a deep record bag and world-class production skills which have all landed him various successful releases on well established labels. Having already made numerous appearances on Rekids, including his debut album Embers, Hybrasil has fast become a core artist on Matt Edward’s label. Last year was an amazingly creative period for the Irish producer. At the start of the year, Hybrasil set a new creative path for his future live shows and produced fresh sounds that received huge support from Radio Slave.
Most recently, Hybrasil has released a four track EP titled We Don’t Flip. Opening the package is the namesake, possessing a shadowy aesthetic with rattling kicks, off-beat hats and snappy snares that lay down the groove as distorted vocal murmurs join delayed synths. Hour Glass is second with its syncopated rhythm and quivering pads before Ikigai enters wonkier areas courtesy of metallic atmospherics and dubby chords. Taking things up a notch, System H concludes proceedings with an extra oomph using powerful drums, rippling bass and deep stabs.
A1. We Don't Flip
A2. Hour Glass
B2. Hour Glass
[Released: 24.07.20 on Rekids]
2. Djebali & Jorge Savoretti - Fraires EP
Two producers who currently find themselves at the very heart of today’s modern house and minimal scene are Parisian favourite Djebali and Argentinian star Jorge Savoretti. Having already showcased a number of successful individual releases, it comes as little surprise that the duo are now regarded as two of the most consistent and impressive talents active within today’s house scene. With over thirty years of experience between them, releasing material via the likes of Freak’n’Chic, Raum...musik and Cadenza plus Djebali’s very own self-titled imprint, the pair now turn their attention to fresh pastures as they make their collaborative debut on FUSE’s sister imprint Infuse this summer. On offer, three fresh productions via their Fraires EP alongside a fabulous remix from Tel Aviv’s Stephan Bazbaz.
The slow-blooming and hypnotic sonics of 101 opens the EP in style as the duo merge sweeping synth lines atop of warped electronics and slick percussion shots, whilst Bazbaz’s remix is a quickened version containing energetic and icy hats. The following two tracks offer even more, as Pigalle delves into a deep intergalactic journey of lead lines and hazy background murmurs, before the classy sounds of Devote Ville close the record.
A2. 101 (Stephan Bazbaz Remix)
B2. Devoto Ville
[Released: 24.07.20 on Infuse]
3. Josh Wink - Feel EP
Josh Wink joins Ellum Audio for a sublime new single backed by in-form producer DJ Seinfeld. Josh Wink needs little introduction to fans or even those who dabble in dance music. The American DJ and producer has been and is one of the most enduring figures within the scene, boasting a huge catalogue of music on labels such as R&S, Strictly Rhythm, Nervous and his own long standing Ovum Recordings imprint. Whilst Wink has spent his years travelling the globe and headlining shows, what he has never done is loose touch with the roots of underground dance music. Something he demonstrates once again here with a brand new single for Maceo Plex’s highly regarded label.
The new record on the block is a classic Josh Wink. Feel is nearly eight minutes of spacey, hypnotic dance floor wonderment fuelled by syncopated percussion and arpeggiated bass which builds the tension before a spacious drop and meditative, spoken word vocal takes over. Timeless and heartfelt, this is an absolute gem from the American legend. The remix duty has been taken by Swedish lo-fi superstar, DJ Seinfeld, who warps the bass line, adds a wonky FX and dancing synths to create a brilliant alternative.
B. Feel (DJ Seinfeld Remix)
[Released: 19.06.20 on Ellum Audio]
4. Ribé - Tested Signal Pt. 1
Ribé joins Boddika’s Nonplus Records imprint with his debut modular techno album. Longstanding analogue enthusiast, producer and live performer, Ribé is no stranger to the worlds of reduced and perfected techno. Having racked up countless hours amongst the cables and steel crates of his sound-producing machines, Ribé now has a credible catalogue of releases on the likes of Non Series, Ex Aequo and Warm Up. The Spanish artist now delivers an ensnaring collection on his first album that boasts fifteen-tracks, reflecting his current modular output.
The album places focus on dark warehouse and machine-like sounds that engulf rhythm. Overture opens with distant chords and a sparse atmosphere that is jarred by occasional glitches whilst both Tested Signal and Ribé & Boddika’s collaborative cut Fusion follow with sparking analogue qualities and buried sub-frequencies. Next, Variables has a digital language to it with binary-like beats and bleeps, until Mote Evolver producer Shifted follows with layering in a subbed rhythm and intricate percussion for early hour sessions. Flux elevates the energy with its reverberating synth while tracks such as Entropy and Vacuum lean more towards cantering techno patterns. A rather breathtaking album.
A1. Tested Signal
A2. Fusion w/ Boddika
B1. The Certainty Of Uncertain
B2. Variables (Shifted Remix)
[Released: 12.06.20 on Nonplus]
5. Housey Doingz - Doing It
Housey Doingz was a pre-millennial super crew of London producers and DJ’s (Dave Coker, Dave Pine, Justin Bailey), movers and shakers on the capital’s tech-house scene. The latter half of the decade into the first half of the noughties belonged to the exciting future looking and stripped down sounds that were emanating from now cult labels. The Housey Doingz crew were at the centre of this scene and sound, but ‘Doing It’ from 1997 and released on the Pagan label predates and showcases a plethora of sonic styles that later became synonymous within that scene. A beautifully diverse collection of cuts right here, and a very rare slab of wax among record collectors. For a real flavour of what was to come, Doing It is a quality example of London’s most exciting electronic music scene.
Doing It has been legitimately re-released with the full involvement of the Housey Doingz massive and was remastered by London’s Curve Pusher from the original DAT’s, especially for Mint Condition. One hundred percent legit, licensed and released. Four wonky dub basslines waiting for you all to listen.
A1. Curly Wurly
A2. The Poet
B1. Ambidextrous Left
B2. Flying Saucer