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Rich Curtis – Lower My Voice (Slideways Music)

The much anticipated first release on the Slideways Music ‘Gateway Series’ is here.


It finds the Tim Penner headed imprint revisiting the classic ‘Lower My Voice’ by Rich Curtis. Instrumental in the launch of Slideways, Australian producer Rich Curtis collaborated with Argentina’s Dark Soul Project on ‘Synaesthesia’ for the label’s second ever release. The project was backed by Gai Barone and Dustin Nantais remixes and quickly rose to #11 in Beatport’s Progressive House chart, with three of the four tracks included on the release remaining in the labels best sellers top 10 today. Now for the first installment of the label’s ‘Gateway Series’ we see Rich Curtis returning with his ‘Lower My Voice’ production getting a new lease on life, alongside remixes from Pig & Dan and Tim Penner. 

Rich’s original begins with some very distinctive sounding drum elements and a rough electronic hook that’s rolls perfectly with the undulating groove below. Sequences of soft stabs, gated electronics and a tension filled tone carry the track as it drives forward. The introduction of a warped and undeniably catchy synth just adds to the momentum, and from there the roof comes off. As the hook drops out for a brief second the rolling framework crashes back down along with a sheet of wonderful noise, slowly dissipating to reveal the deadly motifs once more. This is dance floor chaos waiting to happen and was also featured by Hernan Cattaneo in his monthly Top 20 charts. I’ve long felt Rich’s best production has been his ‘Open Other End’ for Sudbeat Music back in 2012 but you can now put ‘Lower My Voice’ right up there with it.

The first interpretation of ‘Lower My Voice’ is provided by Pig & Dan who are making their first appearance on Slideways Music. The much loved duo are certainly one of the hottest techno commodities of the moment and have been for the better part of the last 15 years. Initially meeting on a plane flight in 1999 Pig & Dan have been incredibly prolific in recent times with standout releases on Bedrock, Suara, Soma, Systematic and their own Elevate imprint. Taking a look in the Beatport techno chart on any given day you’re likely to see at least a couple of Pig & Dan productions holding their own there. For their ‘Lower My Voice’ interpretation Pig & Dan have over hauled the piece into a stripped down, mutant techno bomb. Full of tension filled builds, pulsating bass tones and alien-like vocal gates this is one production that is sure to grab the attention of even the most discerning of dance floors. Looks like Hernan Cattaneo agrees as he featured the remix as part of his Resident Delta FM Radio show. Definitely not one to miss.

The second and final interpretation of ‘Lower My Voice’ is provided by Tim Penner. The Canadian producer and Slideways label boss has grown immensely this year. Working closely with Max Graham’s new ‘Cycles’ imprint Tim has not only supplied a remix on the labels first ever release but he also took a stab at Max’s classic ‘Airtight’ and transformed it into a modern day progressive techno bomb. Max isn’t the only one taking note of Tim’s talents as John OO Fleming has also snapped up some of the Canadian’s recent productions for release on his JOOF imprint. Tim has long been a producer who has pushed the sonic boundaries, his twisted design, razor sharp processing and tribal infused grooves carved out his niche early on, but the last few years has seen the Canadian become more polished; with an effortless yet powerful appeal emanating from his productions. Tim’s ‘Lower My Voice’ takes us back a few years and the trippy, tribalistic motifs he became so loved for really shine here. Anchored by a dark and spacious groove, it’s the granular electronics and ultra sonic qualities that are so pleasing to the senses. It’s chuggy cadence lends itself to a dark, underground house venue at about 5am just primed to go off. A brilliant remix from Tim which still sounds fabulous today. An excellent selection to launch the Slideways Gateway series and it looks as though there is a Part 2 on the horizon so keep your ear to the ground. 

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