The fourth release on Nikko Z’s Dopamine Music imprint sees the debut of Dark Soul Project to the label. Ivan Jamie aka Dark Soul Project is one of the most unique and original sounding producers form the talent rich country of Argentina. He soared to new heights over the last 18 months with appearances on Sudbeat, Flow, Crossfrontier Audio and of course his own Baires Records imprint. Dark Soul Project’s debut EP for Dopamine is entitled ‘What Can I Say / Black Symphony’ and it features remixes by: Ioan Gamboa & Pete McCarthey.

Dark Soul Project fans will certainly welcome this release as the Argentinean’s last solo original production goes all the way back to ‘Doppler’ which appeared on Sound Avenue’s ‘Explorer #01’ compilation from June of 2012. The first selection on the EP ‘What Can I Say’ comes on with trippy vocal trails and DSP’s heavy percussive framework as the track begins. The dark groove powers forward with ominous electronics, additional vocal growls and quirky synth lines. The incredibly powerful vibe carries the track to the main break where a section of grinding sweeps ups the tension and brings the menacing groove back for a commanding finish. Instant atmosphere for your dance floor from Dark Soul Project.

The lone remix of ‘What Can I Say’ is provided by the Spanish born but now Berlin based Ioan Gamboa. Ioan has enjoyed a quick rise through the electronic music underground over the past year. His debut release came courtesy of Hernan Cattaneo’s ‘Sudbeat’ imprint and his second release on Igor Cold’s ‘Somebody’s Story’ imprint was remixed by the much revered Oliver Lieb. A single on Cid Inc’s Replug imprint soon followed along with amazing remixes for: DAR Digital, Baires, RELEASE, Lowbit and Stripped. Ioan’s ‘What Can I Say’ interpretation puts an amazing spin on DSP’s original as it provides a much more atmospheric techno vibe. A punchy, dynamic groove is encompassed with a wave of wavering low end frequencies which creates a wicked hypnotic buzz as the track builds. Subtle atmospheres slowly surround the framework while haunting melodic bells add a unique emotional element. This carries the piece through a slowly evolving spectrum of moods that range from haunting to hopeful. An incredible creation from Ioan that is sure to take your dance floor on a memorable journey.

The second original on the release ‘Black Symphony’ comes with a grungy, driving groove with a real warped sensibility. A wealth of scattered electronics and poignant hits locks down the wicked groove even further and builds some serious dance floor energy as a result. The twisted groove then strips itself down and a wave of white noise builds some threatening atmosphere which grinds to a nice crescendo as the warped groove comes back down for further punishment. Certainly one of Dark Soul Project’s most menacing productions to date.

The remix of ‘Black Symphony’ comes from Pete McCarthey who is making his first appearance on Dopamine. Pete’s musical journey started in spectacular fashion by winning (alongside fellow Greek producer Kassey Voorn) the Guy Gerber -‘Timing’ remix competition for the legendary techno label Cocoon. Pete carried that momentum and had an amazing year in 2012 with big productions on: Baires, Mirabilis, Vapour and Proton. Pete’s ‘Black Symphony’ interpretation carries the dark hypnotic undertones from the original but re creates them with a much groovier, tech house framework. Layers of tough drums bring some wicked dance floor energy with the ominous vocal parts adding just the right amount of sinister atmosphere. A superb interpretation from Pete that could easily be played by techno, tech house and progressive DJs alike. Release Promo Hype Chart #1

Review courtesy of: Release Promo

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