Zöhre EP by Smitech Wesson
This EP from Smitech Wesson titled ‘Zöhre‘ from Boxon Records certainly carries a few kilos. I am probably the most inactive blogger of electronic dance music there is just recently but I’d sooner share something that carries some weight rather than fill this very part of the site with mediocre comositions. Fortunately, just lately, I have some wonderful releases to share and I count this as one of them.
The ‘Zöhre‘ EP carries two original numbers and a ensemble of remixes. All maintain the core groove but with their own personal spin, and to be perfectly honest, it’s been sometime where I’ve found it difficult to select a favourite. It is an assortment of electro, techno, house with little sprinkles of trance in places.
To separate these individual tracks you’ll have to look for the comments by Smitech Wesson in the player below who flags up the incoming remixes in this little teaser. I can tell you however that these tracks each in full are really worth the dollar. Or euro. Or pound. Or lira.
As the original mix of ‘Zöhre‘ grows, it progresses in volume laying itself up into a cheeky techy electro number which will have your top lip scrunched up to your nose, whilst your head nods approvingly to the steady beat. One of the best stompers soon to be around along with the other original track, ‘Rebellious’. Without so much of a driving bass tone pushing the tune along like the previous track, this one begins a little more harmoniously, but that soon changes. We come to a tune that would gel perfectly into a Far Too Loud set and any fans of his would be thinking that it could actually be him. And it has cowbell which is an immediate winner! The tune again is another feet-bashing, dancefloor destroyer with some swagger and roll.
As for the remixes of the title track, Vegamoore has a more psychedelic aura attached to this. Some echoing mids give the track a big bubble for dancers to play in. You’ll find that your arms will start straying outwards as you get further into the track. The tune then builds into a monsterous, mental headcase with rising synths, sounds resembling lasers shooting out, it’s mammoth, big-room beat. Hantise brings us a sense of euphoria with some dreamscape style mids which turns this from Christian Rave one moment into a gravelly, industrious curtain of fire. A lovely balance of contrast and one for the European filthmongers such as Cyberpunkers.
Now the Palladium remix is more subtle overall but it starts stronger. This variation is more on the Techno side. A little more minimal without it coming across as empty but it is such as wonderful roller it’s hard not to ignore. More suited for the more, discerning clubber, like myself. strong>Geometry brings in the moody bass on his take with some opposing high notes giving the tune a certain equilibrium. The core riff from the original track has some added resonance which gives it a further scope across a room full of ravers, clubbers and trance music appreciators. It is the more basic of mixes so far and falls into the category of the Guetta and Tiesto lovers.
Dalcan comes out with something totally random at the beginning of his remix. An eighties throwback mashed up with some trembling patches which adds some fun to the tune without it coming across as being too comedic. It has strength and is similar to the Palladium remix by way of having a certain conservative nature but for when the elder clubbers fancy something more “silly”, and I mean that in the nicest possible way. A few additional scratches filling in but definitely not for the mad-hatters. Cheeky and infectious nevertheless.
Finally the Garen remix is everything which the previous ones are not. Full of everything that hasn’t been used before. Grimey, experimental, and with some Italian electro-punk elements which would suit the likes of The Boomzers or even the King of Tech-Funk filth, Dylan Rhymes. The Garen remix is not included within the player because it’ll be up for free. Like, follow, or subscribe to the blog to stay updated.
Despite my love the ridiculous basslines and the glitchy frenticism that usually ensues with them nowadays, I just love a good bounce which all of the variations that these remixes possess. This is a truly mega release.
Zöhre EP by Smitech Wesson is released by Boxon Records on February 25th 2013
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