Simos Tagias – Swing (System Recordings)

One of last year’s most talked about new producers makes his debut on System Recordings this week. Simos Tagias first gained notoriety with his early productions on Change Audio and Baroque Records. The Greek producer showcased a tight, crunchy sound that was full of menacing character and ethereal atmospheric qualities. He’s had an even better 2014 thus far with appearances on Particles, Magic Room and Clinique Recordings. Simos’ debut single for System Recordings is entitled ‘Swing’ and it comes with remixes from Kaban and East Cafe.

The ‘Swing’ original finds Simos focusing on a deep and enchanting sound. The tracks slow build is accented with drifting vocal elements and a subtle hypnotic swing which complements the tightly constructed groove perfectly. This is one of those tracks that has a big presence and as the atmospheric depth of the piece continues to grow the spine tingling electronics which sit in the tracks underbelly reach a rousing peak. This trippy haze of psychedelia is one of the more unique pieces to come out on System Recordings yet this year and might be one of Simos best and most unique creations to date.

The first remix is supplied by Kaban who is returning to System Recordings for his second appearance. The Mexican producer delivered a remix on Nissim Gavriel’s ‘Purple Sky’ which was released in February of 2014 and has since added Balkan Connection, Change Audio and Suffused Music to his discography. For his ‘Swing’ interpretation Kaban has taken all the great elements from the original and crafted a dark, dance floor inspired remix that really rocks. From the razor sharp synths to the punishing beats and tension filled builds Kaban’s remix proves to be the perfect complement to Simos’ trippier original.

The second and final remix is provided by East Cafe who is also making his first appearance on System Recordings. The Hungarian producer just came off his very successful ‘Hurt’ single for Clinique Recordings and has also recently appeared on Proton’s Particles imprint. I’m always pleasantly surprised when I hear something new from East Cafe. He’s another producer that has developed his own unique sound and his remix of ‘Swing’ is really cool. East Cafe has managed to craft a very strong groove while still maintaining the powerful atmospheric integrity of the original albeit in a much subtler way. The acid infused groove which sits at the foundation is not only great for the dance floor but adds to the already trippy nature of the piece and the subtle musicality during the second half conclusion is quite tasteful. It’s a top notch remix from East Cafe and an all round solid release from System Recordings with everyone turning in quality work here.

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