Genius Spark – Forever (ALOT)

Lautaro Varela’s ALOT imprint returns this week for their second release and a new single from Genius Spark.

Genius Spark - Forever

Hugo Ibarra and Fernando Ortiz make up the Genius Spark production duo and have appeared on Movement Recordings, Stripped and Sounds of Earth. This is their second appearance on ALOT having remixed the labels first release from Lautaro Varela earlier this year. Genius Spark’s debut single for ALOT is entitled ‘Forever’ and it comes with remixes from Ryan Luciano and Tim Penner.

All of Hugo and Fernando’s previous work together has been dreamy, hypnotic and very powerful. ‘Forever’ features all those great traits along with a very distinctive male vocal. The deep, housey groove is dialed in nicely for the dance floor and an array of scattered claps adds some additional bounce. Like most vocals this one’s definitely an acquired taste so it may not be for everyone but if you dig it then you’ve got a very worthy dance floor weapon here.

The first interpretation of ‘Forever’ is supplied by Ryan Luciano who is making his first appearance on ALOT. The UK producer has amassed an extensive discography over the course of his nearly six year production career. The Sasha favourite has appeared on Stripped Digital and Lowbit Records, in addition to his own Detour Musique, Light Digital and Divert Records imprints. For his ‘Forever’ interpretation Ryan has added some considerable punch, energy and atmosphere to the groove. The vocal has been used quite sparingly and the mix focuses more on the great rhythmic components along with a gnarly bass lead. Excellent stuff from Ryan and a great alternative to the original.

The second and final remix is provided by Tim Penner who is making his first appearance on ALOT. A regular in the sets of Hernan Cattaneo, the Canadian producer has had a strong year production-wise with appearances on Darin Epsilon’s Perspectives Digital and Sudbeat Music. Also quite accomplished as a DJ, Tim has shared the stage with Hernan Cattaneo, Eric Prydz, Guy J, Henry Saiz and many other top international talents. For his ‘Forever’ interpretation Tim has reworked the track into a smooth, dubby late night bomb. The throbbing groove carries a big presence and definitely lays down a menacing foundation. There are a wealth of subtle and very cool themes running over the top; from the haunting tones, delicate vocal stabs and trippy electronics there is a lot to dazzle the senses. Ultimately though it’s how well all the elements come together which creates such a smooth and cool vibe in the end. Great remix from Tim and the stand out one on the release for me. Don’t miss it.

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