Underground Dance Music Reviews

John Johnson & Greyloop – Time Capsule Vol. 1 (238 West)

john johnson & greyloop - time capsule

Producers John Johnson & Greyloop team up for the inaugural release on 238 West.

john johnson & greyloop - time capsule

This week sees the launch of a very promising electronic music imprint. 238 West is the brand new division of John Johnson’s Media Blackout. This label subsidiary looks to focus on cutting edge progressive house and techno all while keeping an ear to the underground. The labels first release sees John Johnson teaming up with Stellar Fountain’s Greyloop for ‘Time Capsule’ which includes remixes from: Cut Knob and Spacebeat.

Both John and Greyloop have been noted for their studio creativity in the past and the fusion of their minds has created a melodic gem of a record. The duos tough groove is perfect for the dance floor and an emotional complement of melodies takes the track close to trance territory. It’s already been favoured by Armin Van Buuren, Markus Schulz and Paul Oakenfold so if you like your progressive house positive and uplifting it’s one that you should not miss.

The first remix is supplied by Cut Knob who have just come off excellent releases on BC2, Clinique Recordings, PHW Elements and Suffused Music. For their ‘Time Capsule’ interpretation the Colombian duo have stripped the track right down and delivered a progressive techno dance floor bomb. With a definite nod to Cid Inc. Cut Knob’s version is filled with electric grooves, hypnotic rhythms and big sweeping atmospheres. It all results in something that contemporary progressive fans are going to love and it’s also a standout on the release.

The second and final version is supplied by Spacebeat who recently gave us his ‘Age Of Love’ bootleg which would have to be one of this year’s most sought after unofficial productions. The Russian producer has provided a deep, laid interpretation which still retains the great melodic theme from the original. Spacebeat’s expansive groove and soft ambiance creates a great vibe and the sparkling melodies from the original really come to life over top of it. Excellent work from Spacebeat which rounds out a great first release on 238 West. Definitely a label to keep an eye on in the coming months.

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