This series has been all about label head Jamie Jones exploring the darker side of the dance floor. It has offered up a wealth of exciting new production talents, each with their own distinctive sound and now, for one last time, that is the case again here.
Dennis Quin is first up and is a fast-rising Dutch talent who does it all from thumping tech to deep house on labels like Defected, Dungeon Meat, and Solid Grooves. His ‘Keep Your Head Up’ featuring Zoë Phillips is a silky house cut with slick, punchy drums but lithe synths that bring the soul. It has a classic edge but a future twist in the cosmic pads and makes for irresistible dancing.
Italian house and tech man Pakkio Sans has made his name with big tunes on labels like Endless and here offers ‘Spirit Lead Me’. It is a fresh cut with bobbing drums and bass perfectly interweaving beneath funky synth patterns and swinging claps. It’s the sort of warm and heartfelt cut to glide floors to the next level.
Last of all is Barcelona-based Italian Gianni Firmaio, owner of Mushroom Smile Records and a producer for labels like elrow Music and VIVa MUSiC. His ‘Chief’ is a chunky and tribal sound with bright synth stabs and plenty of percussive detail. It’s dynamic and embellished with great vocal samples and twisted pads that ramp up the energy.
This is a classy final edition of this vital series.
Release Date: 06-10-2023
1. Dennis Quin feat. Zoë Phillips – Keep Your Head Up
2. Pakkio Sans – Spirit Lead Me
3. Gianni Firmaio – Chief