Fame made it onto the Must Hear Progressive House chart on Beatport this week. A preview is available on Soundcloud.
Out today on Mistique Music, available on Beatport.
Collaborative pairings often bring a frisson of excitement in the world of music production, particularly when an established artist and comparative newcomer join forces. “The Version” EP from Sapiens and Springa brings that thrill to Particles.
From the Bauhaus inspired buildings of the 1930s on the Mediterranean coastline, Tel Aviv resident, Alon Shapiro, has been immersed within the culture of music, spending a decade honing his production persona. Now debuting that production talent through his Sapiens moniker, the Israeli producer builds upon recent success. Trained in classical piano from an early age, a subsequent vinyl addiction and the joy of music stemming from the art of the ‘mixtape’, Sapiens found an eclectic passion for “intelligent, underground genres” ultimately distilled into a love of pioneering electronic that included Jean Michel Jarre, Kraftwerk and The Orb. Academic studies in music production followed as did gigs at local clubs and venues in the mid 2000s before the Sapiens name took hold in 2006. A portfolio of work has subsequently flowed leading to work signed for Baroque, Suffused Music and Stellar Fountain.
Although the name Springa has an outward appearance of a newcomer to the underground dance movement, Mattias Lindblom is a name firmly entrenched in the modern music industry through an integral part played in the Swedish outfit, Inkfish. A man of incomparable production pedigree, Lindblom has seen his work signed to a vast collection of blue chip labels including over 250 signed to Inkfish’s own successful, eponymously named imprint. Launching the Springa production alter ego through a remix of Mistol Team for Baroque in 2014, 2015 has proved a successful year for Lindblom as Springa has seen further work signed for Mistique Music and Pangea. Furthermore work for System Recordings including a remix of Sapiens himself, set the duo up for exciting collaborative work that now manifests itself fully in “The Version”.
An EP arranged into two distinct halves, “Introversion” and “Extroversion” supply a pair of opening salvos wrapped around a common percussive narrative and musical themes. “Introversion” opens proceedings with a metronomic bass line that fires off the rhythmic section with intelligence while a series of musical motifs, riffs and stabs provide an elegant contribution. A driving, pulsating affair, “Extroversion” quickly finds its feet with a spine-tingling bass line progression that dominates the melodic direction. A clever vocal cut weaves its way in and out in a variety of guises that are reminiscent of classic progressive house tunes of yesteryear to crate an aura of intrigue and nostalgia.
Taking vocal cues from its “Extroversion” counterpart, “April Heart” continues the bass line dominance of its predecessor as it growls and filters its way over the opening movements in emotive fashion. Evolving purposefully in the breakdown and beyond, a delicious arpeggio riff opens up the upper frequency spectrum with delightful fashion to create a driving, vibrant work. A stripped back “Dub Mix” minus the vocal component completes an impressive picture.
A quartet of tracks from Sapiens and Springa demonstrates a striking common purpose through “The Version”.
Out today on Beatport.
“Suffused Music began its journey in March of 2013. Launched with the release of LoQuai’s ‘Proteus’ EP the Lithuanian imprint immediately made its mark in the electronic music underground. The next two years saw the label invite over 100 artists to take part in its global progressive movement. In addition to showcasing fresh talent Suffused also featured music from scene veterans East Cafe, Michael and Levan and Stiven Rivic, Progress Inn and Rick Pier O’Neil.
Digital labels come and go on a daily basis and Suffused Music has stood the tough test of its early years. The Lithuanian imprint now embarks on a momentous occasion, it’s 100th release. Looking back over its expansive catalog there are a wealth of musical gems which have touched the hearts of electronic music lovers. To celebrate this noteworthy occasion the label has called upon an extraordinary list of artists to revamp 10 special selections from their discography. Exoplanet, Ewan Rill, Magnetic Brothers, Simos Tagias, Vlada D’Shake, Rick Pier O’Neil, Dustin Nantais, Matteo Monero, LoQuai and Springa have delivered some of their career best work and have collectively made Suffused Music’s 100th release one to remember.”
Check out my remix of Andrew Philippov’s No Way To Escape here: https://pro.beatport.com/track/no-way-to-escape-springa-remix/6895624
My remix of Slighter’s End Game is featured on the latest Evocative compilation that was released today. Why not head over to Beatport and grab a copy?
The Inkfish remix of Stay For The Show is featured in Beatport’s “Mix By Key” news letter and progressive house chart today.
Check out the upcoming Springa remix of Josel’s Consequence, out on Suffused Music on April 13.
My mix featured on the Suffused Diary 4 Year Anniversary in now available for streaming on Soundcloud.
Update: It’s now available on Beatport, and is also featured on the progressive house Staff Picks list at the moment.
‘Stay For The Show’ is finally getting close to release. This four track EP on System Recordings will be available exclusively via Beatport on March 17, with remixes from Inkfish, Jelly For The Babies and LoQuai.
Previews on Soundcloud:
Next month it is finally time for the very first original Springa release: Stay For The Show will be out on System Recordings and available on Beatport March 17, featuring remixes from Inkfish, Jelly For The Babies and LoQuai. Stay tuned for previews on Soundcloud.