The latest release on Refined Tunes finds label boss Loquai back in the spotlight with a new single entitled ‘Night Dive’.
Now on its 13th release the imprint has certainly become a place for a lot of the German artists new music and here we get one of his best alongside remixes from Ewan Rill and Forerunners.
As a true veteran of the progressive underground Loquai has certainly mastered the art of that sound. Whether it be deeper, groovier constructions, broken beats or more peak time oriented creations, he has done it all over the last 8 or so years. On ‘Night Dive’ we get something deep, chunky yet still full of wonderful energy. The shape of the groove gives it that vigor while playful motifs and a soft ambience add a lot atmosphere wise. Definitely one geared for the dance floor, and an additional melodic layer makes for a great third act finale. Wonderful stuff from Loquai.
First up on the remixes Ewan Rill slows the tempo down under 120BPM and comes with a much more minimalistic, techno inspired approach. Much like Loquai, Ewan can certainly craft a killer groove and he’s done so here with thick slabs of bass pushing forward as dubbed out parts from the original create an indistinct melodic overlay. It’s subtle but deadly and should be massive across quite a few genres. There is also a dub included as well for the less melodically inclined which keeps the breaks in particular dry and edgy.
Closing the release out is Forerunners who is well known for his work on Saturate Audio, Perfecto Black and Silk Music. Quite diverse in sound the US artist has a sonic palate that meanders from deep melodic house to progressive trance and everywhere in between. For his ‘Night Dive’ interpretation we see a deep progressive minded approach that works amazingly well. Hypnotic and ethereal, the mix shines with clustered motifs and wispy vocal elements leading to a captivating break, complete with gorgeous bass swells and more than a few goosebump worthy moments. A gorgeous remix from Forerunners and a great way to close out another excellent release on Loquai’s Refined Tunes. Don’t miss it.