Digital Department

Welcome Music’s much anticipated second release features a brand new single from Digital Department entitled ‘Eccentric’.

Digital Department

Welcome Music unveiled their label just over three weeks ago. It was an amazing debut for the Russian imprint which featured a single from one of Greece’s finest producers Blusoul. This week sees Welcome Music returning for their second release which looks equally excellent. Label owner Digital Department presents his new single entitled ‘Eccentric’ which features remixes from Embliss and Qoob.

Arseniy Somotov aka Digital Department has been making a name for himself not only in his Russian homeland but also in the global progressive house scene. His consistently good productions have appeared on labels like Clinique Recordings, Mistique Music and Suffused Music. His discography showcases a blend of progressive breaks and progressive house themed productions. ‘Eccentric’ is the latter and it’s certainly one of the most well crafted productions of Digital Department’s career. It’s funky, melodic sensibility is quite fresh and welcoming. Filled with great rhythms, subtle vocal elements and a sparkling complement of melodies it’s definitely one that’s perfect for the dance floor or your iPod. Great stuff from Digital Department.

The first remix is supplied by Embliss who I first heard about way back in 2008 when some of his early work appeared on Morphosis Records. The Dutch producer has been a big part of the Proton Music and Silk Digital camps for many years now and also has Anjunadeep and Armada on his discography. His sound has gained a deeper more modern appeal of late and here he presents a wonderful interpretation of ‘Eccentric’. A spacious and well shaped foundation carves out a wicked groove early on. As the track gains momentum some nu-house inspired effects and a trail of electronics lead the track into the main break. Here the bubbly tones fade into prominence and cast a cool hypnotic vibe while the bassy chord changes provide the emotional content which was so strong in the original. Awesome remix from Embliss.

The second and final remix is provided Qoob who are making their first appearance on Welcome Music. The Russian duo have had a great year thus far with their releases on Asymmetric Recordings and Sleepless Nights being a couple of the highlights. For their ‘Eccentric’ interpretation Qoob has put a deep, sultry and melancholic twist on the piece which is just fantastic. A perfectly contoured groove sets things in motion while a complement of sparkling keys and serene atmospheres push all the right emotional buttons throughout the journey. Fabulous remix from Qoob which rounds out an excellent release on Welcome Music. Can’t wait to see what this new label does next.

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    Mitch Alexander

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