Maceo Plex showed off his magic on the first day of Flow Festival in Helsinki, Finland. He worked an almost two hours and a half set dominated by techno goodies, some being quite the vintage type. A good example is 1994 Dave Clarke’s Red 2 (Wisdom To The Wise) played just after the 2011 Acapella track Supernatural by King Britt and Firely with lyrics mastered by none other than Ursula Rucker. He then played Relax officially released by himself in 2010 under Maetrik name.
Citizen Kain – Apathy, released 2017.
Dj Skull and Ron Maney- Vision Revelations, released 2014.
So it’s been a while since 8-9 July when Kappa Futur Festival 2017 happened in Turin. Meanwhile, I’ve been busy procrastinating so here are my top three tracks from the festival, delivered to you better later than never.
Seth Troxler’s b2b set with The Martinez Brothers gave me a tune to love and attach in the depth of my soul. Released by artist Kid Enigma under label Plant 74 on 11 December 2014, Dangerous is an awesome piece with smooth rhythms and lyrics to remember.
The first track from Nina Kraviz’s set is her 2014 release, IMPRV. Simply as that. Or not. Listening to it I got a slightly surreal feeling, a result of Kraviz’s seductive voice played on top of a mysterious sound resembling, in my opinion, an 80’s nostalgy. Then, in the middle of the track, there’s a change of pulse and suddenly everything becomes more awake and alert. Maybe we were in fact dreaming. Then we woke up.
And finally, there’s Joseph Capriati’s ‘one of a kind’ techno track Solar System, released back in 2012, under Drumcode label. The Italian Dj gifted the audience with this powerful tune, slightly mixing the track for the live version.
Seth Troxler had a b2b session at Ultra Music Festival Miami on March 26 with none other than Jamie Jones. These two guys seem to be often in each others company during music events, and that ends up well. At Ultra Miami the set they’ve build lasted for two hours and held Troxler’s unique style of interfering with the track right when you’re about to have your ascension to another dimension, and then still get you satisfied. As for Jamie Jones, I feel like his style is more aligned with the audience and when combined with Troxler’s craft, the delivery just gets to a whole new level.
The set had a lot to offer, most tracks being the treasure type, like Sweet Light’s Trixx. The tune is from 2004 and may be uncomfortable for listening to headphones due to a patterned scratchy sound, which gets better and better as the track evolves and relaxes.
Old School from Metronomy received a well-deserved attention at the beginning of the set, and it may be or may be not worked by ID artist, but Fatima Yamaha did just as good at remixing it back in June, last year.
What I Want from DirrtyDishes and Mikah, officially released in March this year, is another track that stood out with its impressive voice and lyrics repeated on a danceable orchestration.