The 86th release on Suffused Music features an exciting new collaboration from Elliott Duquai and No One.
The French production duo began working together in 2011 but it wasn’t until 2014 that the results of their studio efforts were revealed to the masses. An appearance on Baroque’s WMC 2014 compilation along with EP’s for Suffused Music, BQ Recordings and LuPS Records capped the year off and their newest offering for Suffused Music entitled ‘Maschine’ looks to get 2015 off to a great start.
Elliott and No One have gained a great following in the underground for their timeless production sensibilities. Their fusion of progressive house and techno was well received on the dance floor and proved successful in Beatport’s sales charts. Their latest ‘Machine’ begins with a long hypnotic intro reminiscent of a classic Sasha and Digweed set. With an amazing atmosphere already in place the beats drop in at the two minute mark which should prove to be a great moment if used as an intro. Smooth synth lines along with a pumping groove and raspy hooks lift the energy higher as the track transitions through its second act, while sweeping textures further tantalize the senses during an exhilarating conclusion.
The remixes included also offer something quite exciting. First up Alessandro Diga makes his Suffused Music debut following a long line of successful projects for Black Hole Recordings, Manual Music, Perspectives Digital and Moonbeam Digital. The Dutch producers unique take on progressive techno sounds fresh and inspired here with an outstanding rendition of ‘Maschine’. The funkiness of the groove immediately stands out and makes the dance floor sensibility quite high, while the vocal stabs along with textural percs just add to the tracks bounce. A motif of shifting tones becomes fully realized during the main break and proves to be an amazing tension builder. A calculated build then summons the groove back for a tasteful re-entry along with a new found hypnotic theme which propels the track to a sleek and classy finale.
The second interpretation of ‘Maschine’ is provided by Ewan Rill who is making his eighth appearance on Suffused Music. The Russian producer has been busy thus far in 2015. The launch of his Sever Records imprint has been a huge success and remixes for Majestic Family, Microbios and Soundteller are already rocking the Beatport charts. For his ‘Maschine’ interpretation Ewan has crafted one of the funkiest creations of this career. Backed by a well carved groove with enormous swing and a playful theme of bleeps this is sure to garner attention on the dance floor. Developing over the first act, an atmospheric story board flows through the main break and sets up an even more powerful return, with a reinforced groove and complement of sparkling hats delivering a blissful finish.
The third and final interpretation of ‘Maschine’ is provided by Sean McClellan who is making his sixth appearance on Suffused Music. The US producer has a storied history in electronic music; his appearances on Bedrock Records, Baroque Records and System Recordings have stood the test of time remarkably well and he’s closed the release out with a great remix of ‘Maschine’. Sean’s refined style sounds fabulous here with a smooth, hypnotic groove and great synth hooks leading the way. Layers of big bass swells lift the energy higher while a vortex of electronics pushes the track through the main break. The second half offers more aural candy with a set of rhythmic tones adding nicely to the groove for a rocking finale. Great remix from Sean and another spot on release from Suffused Music.