Progressive House Reviews

Tomer Elimelech – Professor Clown (Asymmetric Recordings)

Asymmetric Recordings closed out 2013 with one of their strongest releases of the year. Sagi Berger’s ‘Die Prinzessin Der Dunkelheit’ was a sensational production and it’s one that I’m still listening to on a regular basis. The Erdi Irmak remix was also featured on John Digweed’s Transitions by Guy Mantzur who had just come off his excellent album release on Sudbeat. Asymmetric begins 2014 with a brand new EP from Tomer Elimelech who is returning to the label for his sixth overall appearance. The Israeli producer’s new EP is entitled ‘Professor Clown’ and it comes with a remix from Barbur.

The three original tracks included here are all amazing forays into deep, techy house. The lead track ‘Professor’ is one of the standouts with it’s amazing percussive energy and dub techno vibe. Just the groove is incredible enough but something interesting happens during the main drop though as the track takes on a bit of an unexpected melodic turn. The sequence of ascending tones is incredibly catchy and the modulation which occurs over the records second half is the perfect amount of sensory stimulation without going too far. A fabulous production from Tomer that will no doubt cross genres very well. The second cut ‘Clown’ is more on the tech house tip and comes with a lot of hook heavy elements which should be perfect for the dance floor. The bouncy foundation is well complemented with big claps and shuffling percs which just add to the groove. Things really heat up with the introduction of a series of vocal stabs and also the odd whistle which is not something you hear much anymore. The short drops are great transitions and keep the overall energy of the production really high while progressing from section to section with ease. A definite winner for all tech house DJs looking for something unique and fresh. The final original on the release ‘Don’t Love You No More’ is a deeper tech house affair that comes with the same timeless flair that the previous two offerings have. The grinding foundation stands out right away as the wavering hypnotics are quite infectious. This hypno groove works through some lovely hooks by way of simple be very effective modulation. The main break introduces a spooky vocal loop which sets up the return of the beats nicely and with them comes a brief moment of pad bliss before the low end grind is back in full force. Another strong cut and you can’t really go wrong with any of the three here; all are wonderfully produced and perfect for a contemporary dance floor.

The lone remix of ‘Don’t Love You No More’ comes from Barbur who is making his second appearance on Asymmetric here. The Italian producer splits his time between Berlin and his home of Salento, Italy. His previous outing on Asymmetric was an appearance on the labels ‘Fall Foliage ADE Sampler’ which included his original production entitled ‘Sleeping World’. His interpretation of ‘Don’t Love You No More’ stays very true to the main themes of the original while stripping the groove down just a touch. The great thing about this rework is that it really focuses on the grinding tension which sits at the foundation. It should go a long way for building a set and creating anticipation for what’s about to come. Overall this is a very solid EP from Tomer with all three originals really standing out. Highly Recommended.

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