Various (Dorothy’s Dream, Dubtape, Herck, Vlad Arapasu) – VA 003 [Skip Audio]
Spanish imprint Skip Audio returns with its third Various Artists compilation, this time bringing forward twisted minimal sounds from Dorothy’s Dream, Herck, Vlad Arapasu as well as label owners Luciano Buscemi and Matteo Arienti aka Dubtape. Early support arrives from artists like Raresh, Janeret, Sepp, Silat Beksi, Triptil, Vincentiulian, Enzo Siragusa and others. Focused on minimal techno and microhouse music dedicated to the underground scene worldwide, the venture’s previous VAs featured exquisite tracks by Vern, Distilled Noise, Direkt, Zenk & Enivrèz Vous, Giuliano Lomonte, Viceversa, Fabrizio Maurizi and Vincent Casanova.
Side A opens with “Ecstatic” by Dorothy’s Dream, an uplifting composition designed with minimal and progressive influences, to which a pinch of psychedelic is added in order to make the journey truly magical. The energy can be felt from the very first second to the last, continuously morphing as it is led by warping synth leads, electric arpeggios and mysterious breakdowns.
Following, Dubtape’s “Lakers” sees the duo experiment with crunchy and raw elements, dropping a steaming rhythm perfect for already heated dancefloors. Here, the quirky drumming patterns elegantly intertwine with heavily filtered background soundscapes and inspiring vocal samples that can make anyone start dancing in an instant.
On the flipside we first find Herck‘s “Drunken Strings”, an abstract piece powered by steady-paced percussion, twisted and dissonant chords, dark tones, grainy textures and immersive breakdowns that seem to explore a sort of musical deconstructivism. A perfect representation of the artist’s fingerprint sound
Closing the VA, “Tusek” by Vlad Arapasu delivers an equally trippy sound crafted with a solid pulsating bassline and heavily distorted vocals in focus. Spiralling into a driving modulation that reaches 125 bpm, this cut can be a powerful weapon in the hands of a skilled selector during peak-time moments at any party
Grab your copy of Skip Audio’s VA003 at deejay.de.
Artists: Dorothy’s Dream, Dubtape, Herck, Vlad Arapasu
Title: VA 003
Label: Skip Audio
Cat. number: SKIPAUDIO003
Release date: TBA 2021
Words by AndreiB
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