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Gunther & Stamina – Gone To House EP (Replug)

It’s hard to believe but it’s been 10 months since Cid Inc’s Replug label had its last release. It was the hugely successful collaboration from Khen and Sonic Union which saw its release in late April of 2013. The Cid Inc. interpretation was Beatport’s #1 Must Hear track for the week of its release and it went on to fair quite well in the Progressive House charts. Replug has certainly returned with a bang as the labels newest offering is one of their finest to date. It features the well known DJ duo of Gunther & Stamina who are presenting their first EP for the label. Residents at the renowned B018 club in Beirut, Lebanon Gunther & Stamina have been quiet on the production front the last couple of years so it’s great to see some new studio material from them. Their new EP for Replug is entitled ‘Gone To House’ and it comes with a remix from Cid Inc.

The title cut leads the EP off with some crisp beats, cool electronics and a growling underbelly of well carved bass stabs. Gunther & Stamina have crafted a deadly groove here, the drums are vibrant and bursting with life while the vast array of crunchy electronics slowly assaults your senses. Some nice builds carry the track to the main break where the electronics and bass heavy foundation get to breathe for a moment. As the kick slowly begins to fade back in and the modulation gets turned up a notch the beats return with a vengeance for what should be a great moment on the dance floor. Top notch production from Gunther & Stamina.

The lone remix of ‘Gone To House’ is provided Replug label boss Cid Inc. who has delivered what I think is one of his all time best remixes. All of Henri’s productions have these incredible grooves which are very unique to him but this one is extra special. The surging bass-heavy swells which make up the foundation are not only unique sounding but also down right infectious. The momentum the groove generates is absolutely huge and that’s understating it a fair bit to be honest. In addition to that Cid Inc has reinvented all the great electronics from the original into something much more fluid sounding which works in perfect hypnotic harmony with the records great foundation. I’d be shocked if this didn’t make it to #1 in our overall Hype Chart and it should certainly fair well on Beatport this coming week.

The second original included here ‘Irreversible’ is a cool tech house construction which complements ‘Gone To House’ very well. The spacious groove is once again filled with a wide array of electronic intricacies along with fresh sounding vocal stabs. The rhythmic elements are very strong as well with a set of rough sounding tones adding immense swing and character to groove. Following a sinister sounding break things get taken up a notch further with an assault of razor sharp synths and trippy electronics which provide an intense conclusion. Two great originals from Gunther & Stamina and one of Cid Inc’s finest remixes to date results in a much welcome return for Replug. Great to see the label back!

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