Much hyped label Keep Thinking returns this week with a brand new single from Fabio Macor & Steve McGrath.
We last heard from the UK based imprint with the release of Danny Oliviera’s ‘Touch The Sky, a futuristic slice of tech-funk supported by Sasha. The label’s fourth release finds one of the Keep Thinking bosses Steve McGrath collaborating with Fabio Macor for the duo’s first ever single accompanied by remixes from Jamie Stevens.
Keep Thinking boss Steve McGrath opened the minds of many electronic music fans with the release of his ‘Way Down Where’ LP earlier this year on Stellar Fountain ,while Fabio has worked on a variety of high profile projects in recent years, most notably a remix of Paul Van Dyk & Tilt’s classic ‘Rendezvous’. Together the duo have crafted ‘As Time Goes By’ which not only delivers some great punch for the dance floor but has enough unique quirks for a truly great listening experience. Anchored by a smooth spacious groove, waves of hats and a heavily processed haze of vocals provide some lovely psychedelia. If you’ve followed Fabio’s previous productions you know he’s quite adept at crafting some marvellous percussive flair, that along with a story board of modulating synths (more Steve’s hand I suspect) drives the piece to a thematic conclusion which crosses several genres quite well. Beautiful work from Steve and Fabio.
The lone interpretations of ‘As Time Goes By’ are provided by Jamie Stevens who is making his first appearance on Keep Thinking. The Australian producer had a fabulous summer season with his long awaited ‘The Healing’ EP getting released alongside a remix by Guy J. Enjoying immense success, the Beatport overall top 10 release was well regarded industry wide receiving chart and club support from Hernan Cattaneo, Booka Shade and Lee Burridge. Jamie continues that strong momentum here with an excellent interpretation of ‘As Time Goes By’. Backed by a playful groove; live percussive elements, smooth organs and catchy guitar hooks meld together for a sunny terrace type vibe which just emanates a wonderful mood. A sparkling main break and well timed piano stabs make for a gorgeous second act and ultimately carry the track to an exhilarating conclusion. Jamie has also included a drum dub, minus the organ and piano which should fare well for the less melodically inclined DJs out there. Two outstanding versions from Jamie and perhaps right up there with his best work this year. Keep Thinking is on a roll, looking forward to hearing what they do next. Don’t miss this one.