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C-Jay – NachtPauwOog (The Sessions Recordings)

This week sees the welcome return for one of the Netherlands longest running electronic music imprints The Sessions Recordings. Run by well known Dutch producer C-Jay The Sessions has now been in operation for over ten years now. The labels last release featured Marc Pollen’s excellent ‘Permanent Vacation’ which was a brilliant slice of melodic tech house. The labels latest offering comes from its owner and founder C-Jay who has crafted a real beauty entitled ‘NachtPauwOog’.

One of many things that I love about Dutch producers is they don’t necessarily fit into the more classically thought of genres. C-Jay has always been quite diverse and after a quick listen to many of his productions you can tell he’s a producer that has logged a lot of time in clubs; most likely as a DJ. The reason I say this is all his work has a very keen dance floor sensibility about it and it’s one that is accessible to a very wide audience as well. ‘NachtPauwOog’ certainly fits that description with its chugging, progressive grooves and clean tech house lines. Impeccably produced the composition builds mightily with captivating vocal samples and a vast array of sonically charged elements. Following a tension filled and somewhat spooky break the chunky groove returns along with a wealth of trippy electronics and floaty melodies which are goose bump inducing to say the least. Big production from C-Jay and the general consensus is that’s it’s one of his all time best. Satoshi Tomiie, Hernan Cattaneo, Guy J, Olivier Weiter and Nick Warren all think so too as they’ve given a firm two thumbs up for the production.

The two remixes here both offer some exceptional alternatives as well. Boshell & Cody take some of the progressive edge of C-Jay’s original by focusing more on the groove and keeping things a touch more stripped down. The Irish duo have chopped the original elements to perfection and have added some amazing rhythms to their version which makes the groove all the more infectious. The second and final remix is provided by Jaydee & RicoSlide. Dutch producer Robin Albers aka Jaydee was responsible for one of electronic music’s biggest hits in ‘Plastic Dreams’ which was released in 1992. For this remix he has teamed up with fellow Dutch producer RicoSlide who he also produces with under the ‘Electronic Bodyguards’ alias. Together the two have provided a deeper, progressive take on the track which complements the previous bigger versions very well. The warm, pulsating groove is full of shape and the vocal elements really shine here as they get to breathe just a touch more than in the previous more percussive versions. Ultimately it’s the overall atmosphere of this piece which is so impressive. It’s going to change the mood of a room dramatically and should have everyone locked in and anticipating what’s to come. Great remix from Jaydee & RicoSlide and a top notch release from C-Jay and his The Sessions Recordings imprint.

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