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Groj – Seahorse (Strange Town Recordings)

The 21st release on Strange Town Recordings welcomes Groj back to the label for a brand new single.


The Box Records label boss is making his fifth appearance on the Canadian imprint, which is fresh off an incredible release from Wrong Jeremy. Based in Montreal, Strange Town has been releasing cutting edge electronica since 2010, and has become a home for inspiring artists like PHM, Teho and Flying Point. Their latest release looks to be one of their strongest yet and features Groj’s newest studio creation ‘Seahorse’ alongside remixes from James Teej and Eyal Cohen. 

For those that picked up Groj’s excellent ‘Gala’ EP last month you’re sure to enjoy ‘Seahorse’ as well. As the track gets underway the unique design qualities are immediately striking. From the vibrant lead motifs to its intricate inner workings, each element of the production has been sculpted to perfection, and it’s those esoteric qualities which make for such a great listen several times over. The simplicity of its playful, melodious groove opens all those unique elements to a wide range of floors as well. Excellent music from Groj and definitely one you may hear a fair bit this summer.

The first interpretation of ‘Seahorse’ is provided by James Teej who is making his debut appearance on Strange Town Recordings. The Canadian born Ecuador based artist is much loved not only for his solo work but also for his My Favorite Robot alias which he shares with Jared Simms and Voytek Korab . I’ve thoroughly enjoyed all of work his dating back to his No.19, Noir Music and eventually Last Night On Earth releases. More recently James has been taking us on a journey through varied motifs and trippy themes as evidenced by his recent ‘Moonstalker’ and interpretation for Andre Sobota’s ‘Solaris’. On ‘Seahorse’ we see James staying true the main themes from the original all while adding a tougher, more techno state of mind. There’s an air of psychedelia once again with rougher textures and warmer design adding a hazy flair to the framework. Wonderful work from James and my fave version on the release. 

The second and final interpretation of ‘Seashore’ is provided by Eyal Cohen who is making his first appearance on Strange Town Recordings. Eyal began his journey into music production in 2009 which followed an already successful DJ career in the Israeli club scene. His first productions were signed by Guy Mantzur’s Plattenbank imprint and subsequent releases were featured on Motek Music, Sound Avenue and Stellar Fountain. Eyal’s trippy yet club friendly sound has been a favourite of many DJs over the last year and his ‘Seahorse’ interpretation is bound to be as well. A darker sensibility gets explored with some nu-deep sounds leading the way while the main motifs from the original remain quite indistinct throughout. A warped break is one of many highlights and those layered beats really shine when a scaled down portion of the groove returns. Great remix from Eyal which rounds out an excellent release on Strange Town Recordings. Don’t miss it.

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