It has been another good year for protruding Surrey House monger Jason Chance. With successive releases behind him for Toolroom records, Stealth Records & Great Stuff alike, his latest guest mix duties see him take to the airwaves for Slovenian Techno don Umek’s 1605 podcast.
To call Mihalis Safras ‘Greece’s Techno Philosopher’ may ring as a hackneyed suck-up lesser associated with objectivity, but one conversation with the driving force behind Europe’s most unpredictable musical agenda is enough to pardon the careless associations with Aurelius and Marx alike. Adept to marking such vital imprints and Great Stuff, Snatch! and technological innovators Apple as a home away from home, there is still a fatal dose of heartfelt passion surrounding every note of his finely tailored sound scope and having turned his back on the Greek scene more than six years ago, the world is proving far more fitting a stage for his exotically charged House grooves.
Promising Mediterranean beat-smith Mihalis Safras dons his latest offering to the imprint of Riva Starr for SNATCH!026.
Adding to the affirmative action boasted by Greece amid the wider European House explosion, the past decade has seen Safras carve his name as one of the country’s essential underground warriors. With diverse offerings for Great Stuff, Soma and Saved Records already under his belt, further remix duties for Dubfire’s well-oiled anthem ‘Roadkill’ have seen his sophisticated House grooves muster the essential support of Sven Vath, Richie Hatwin and Ricardo Villalobos alike.
For his SNATCH! debut, the dignified Greek contender throws forward a diverse sound scope of truly eclectic properties. Cutting seamlessly from the deep influences of ‘Green’ to the adamantine grooves of ‘Faidon’, while ethnically cleansed ‘Goldtrix’ leads the way to perky paino-lead periphery ‘Valzer’.
Ever the unpredictable maestro, this impressive four-track collection from Mihalis Safras stands as a testament to the positive noise emerging from outside of the more predictable realms of European Dance Music.
SNATCH!026 is out February 8 on Beatport.
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Dragon-man and general Bedrock favourite Marco Bailey tops of 2011 with ‘The Oriental Concept EP’ this month.
After a massive year for the deep and varied producer, which included the release of his highly anticipated full-length ‘Dragon Man’ for Bedrock, Bailey tops off his contributions to the label for 2011 with a warm and ethnic opening in his diverse musical soundscape.
Where ‘Locust’ deals in melodic percussion and hissing beats, Germany’s Alexander Kowalski jumps onboard to deliver a deep and emotive Techno remode, while Bailey’s own ‘K4WEST’ and ‘Oriental Disco’ are lavished in the energy and attitude of Ibizan big-room club hedonism.