PROGRESSIVE

Shane – Drive (Jetlag Digital)

Shane’s Jetlag Digital has been quiet through the summer season this year. We last heard from the label with Shane’s rocking ‘Back Home’ single which was released in March. Both Shane and Jetlag Digital fans will be happy to hear that they have a new release this week and it features a new single from the label boss himself. The latest dance floor gem to come from the German producer’s studio is entitled ‘Drive’ and it comes with remixes from Loquai, F-Act and Tim Robert.

Shane’s warm and energetic brand of progressive house never gets old. His meticulous production and smooth lines are always a pleasure to listen to and with ‘Drive’ he’s crafted another dance floor monster. A big, rumbling groove sits at the foundation while some wicked hypnotic lines slowly build momentum. As the atmosphere builds up around the framework a gorgeous vocal element is introduced which adds a wonderful angelic quality to the record. This leads to the break where the vocal gets further expanded upon and the melodic beauty of the track really shines. Excellent stuff from Shane! Now where is the new album? 🙂

The remixes all provide something quite nice as well. Fan favourite Loquai is first up and his bass line expertise is evident straight away here. A set of big, dynamic stabs carves out the huge bottom end and gives the framework some serious bounce. Some of the wonderful harmonic qualities from the original soon surround the groove along with a wispier take on the vocals which sound absolutely divine. The way the vocals drift through the track along with the wavering atmospheres is really dreamy but the tough beats and killer bass line keep right on the dance floor. Excellent work from Loquai.

Next up is F-Act who has just had his 11PM-11AM album released on Mistique Music last week. The Swiss producer has been a big contributor to the Limeroads label and has also appeared on Clinique, LuPS and OLD SQL. For his ‘Drive’ interpretation F-Act has added his own unique progressive trance vibe to the piece which complements the previous two mixes very well. There is much more of a soaring, atmospheric vibe happening with big sweeps and energy filled synth lines. A definite winner if dropped at peak time on a progressive or trance oriented dance floor.

The final remix comes from one of the USA’s best kept production secrets. A long time fixture of the New York club scene Tim Robert seems to choose his projects wisely. His four outings on LuPS Records have all been spectacular and his remix for Loquai on Jetlag earlier this year was selected as one of Beatport’s Must Hear Progressive House tracks. Here he returns to Jetlag for his second appearance and he’s delivered a very cool remix to close the release out. Tim’s ‘Drive’ interpretation offers something quite a bit different than the previous three versions here. The New York resident has crafted a much tougher and in many ways darker rework. The bouncy groove is well complemented with laser-like hypnotic lines and clattering drums. The vocally stabs are what really shine here though; they add a really unique hook and the accompanying chord changes are goose bump inducing to say the least. Great stuff form Tim. Those of you who are in the New York area can also see Tim playing with Cid Inc. on Oct. 12th at Open House. This is the last stop on Cid Inc’s first ever North American tour and it promises to be a great event.

A great release from Shane’s Jetlag Digital and we hope to see another one in the not too distant future.

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