Progressive House Reviews

Derek Howell – I Never (TRR Digital)

derek howell i never

It’s been 7 long months since we last heard from Mexico’s TRR imprint. They make a much welcome return this week with a brand new single from storied US producer Derek Howell.

derek howell i never

A long time veteran of the progressive house scene Derek Howell has enjoyed some excellent moments in 2014. In March he returned to John Digweed’s Bedrock Records with a contribution to the labels ‘Underground Sound of Miami Series’. The much loved UK imprint is essentially where Derek’s career began 10 years ago with a four track EP that included the now classic productions ‘Happy To Be Sad’ and ‘You Wanna Do What’. His first single for TRR is entitled ‘I Never’ and it marks just his second released original this year. Derek’s one of those producers who have managed to carve out his own unique sound and ‘I Never’ is another great example of that. From its vibrant club friendly beginnings to a melancholic second act and blissful conclusion it’s another uniquely tailored piece of electronic music that is unmistakably Derek Howell. It’s delightfully warped hooks, funky bass stabs and fresh complement of layered beats give it a keen nose for the dance floor but ultimately it’s the abundance of strong themes which I really love. There’s an interesting journey to be had here. Don’t miss it.

The lone remix on the release comes from Mike Griego who (along with Derek) is also making his TRR debut. Mike hails from highly competitive and talent rich Argentinean scene where he has been one of this year’s brightest stars. His recent EPs for Sudbeat Music and Flow Vinyl (in conjunction with Stas Drive) have yielded some of this year’s biggest underground records and his remixes for Perspectives Digital and Proton Music have been equally brilliant. For his ‘I Never’ interpretation Mike has stripped the track down into a growling techno inspired beast of a record. It’s brooding bottom end and intricate electronics build nice momentum over the first half before leading the track into a very intense main break. Here a long tension filled sheet of white noise slowly assaults your senses before ultimately revealing the monumentally jacked up groove once more. Mike’s been playing out a lot recently and I would guess this is one the highlights of his recent sets. There’s a magic dance floor moment waiting for you on this remix and thus definitely one you should have in your box. Great to see TRR back with this new release which is their finest to date.

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