The 124th release on Paul Hazendonk”s Manual Music presents the winning remixes from the labels Timo Chinala ‘Andromeda’ competition. The jury at Manual Music certainly had an abundance of remixes to go through and given the quality and uniqueness of Timo’s original it’s not surprising that so many hopefully producers wanted a crack at it. When the dust settled the first place winner was QOSVO who received a very impressive prize pack that included: Manual Music CD’s, stickers and t-shirts, an interview with This Is Progressive, a remix by Timo Chinala for one of his tracks and his own remix released on Manual Music. Now to his remix! The Russian producer has expanded on the subtle beauty of the original and crafted a very contemporary sounding interpretation that is was rich in harmony and texture. It also brings the track much closer to dance floor with its melodic techno sensibilities and ultra cool beats. A very worthy winner I would have to say.
Second place went to Stephen Illius who delivered something a touch more abstract and equally exciting. The sound design and overall creativity of Stephen’s ‘Dialogue’ interpretation is really striking and makes for something you can listen to several times over and still be discovering cool little quirks about. The tracks six minute duration is just loaded with so many ideas and slowly evolving intricacies that any true music fan is sure to fall in love with it. It’s actually my favorite out of all the ones on the release and I’m sure Stephen spent a good deal of time crafting this beauty so I’m glad he got rewarded for it.
The final two winners were Beat Syndrome and SOUNOM who both presented versions that were much more dance floor friendly. All our readers are more than familiar with Canada’s Beat Syndrome and more than likely own dozens of his productions. Hamed Safi aka Beat Syndrome has continued to develop his sound over the last year and his remix of ‘Andromeda’ certainly shows that. I would say it’s one of Hamed’s most contemporary sounding pieces yet. The great elements from the original have been reworked into a funky, techno construction with some great musical moments and a slow burning vibe that’s just damn cool. Closing the release off is SOUNOM who provides a much more straight forward melodic techno rework that again puts a dance floor friendly twist on the original. I really enjoyed this release and I honestly think the Stephen Illius remix is absolutely outstanding, I’ve been listening to it on my iPod almost daily since I received the promo. Don’t miss it. Highly Recommended.