Nikko Z’s Dopamine Music returns after two stellar releases to close out 2012 with their first release of 2013. Indian producer Vinayak A has long been one of his country’s most recognizable artists and over the course of 2012 he really staked his claim as one of the genre’s most unique and exciting producers. At year’s end he had a string of amazing releases on Sound Avenue, Mesmeric, Festival Lounge and Proton’s highly influential Compiled & Mixed Series. After a brilliant remix on Andrew K’s Vise Versa Music to begin the year Nikko Z & Dopamine Music are pleased to present Vinayak A’s first single of 2013 entitled ‘You May Sit and Wonder’ which comes with remixes from Luke Porter, Rich Curtis and Rikesto.
Vinayak A’s original begins with a rich atmospheric intro that’s full of washed out bells, eerie vocal pads and most of all a captivating vibe that draws the listener in and builds anticipation as a result. When the kick drops a wicked vocal hook and phasing hypnotic elements form around the groove for a warm surge of momentum. The hazy bells from the intro soon return along with additional vocal accents that lead the track into the main breakdown. The drop presents a big build with a tension filled rise complete with a warped and brilliantly designed climax that reveals the warm, pulsating groove once more. The track concludes with Vinayak A’s deeply entrenching atmospherics and driving techy rhythms which should be an absolute smash on the dance floor.
The first remix is provided by Luke Porter who is making his debut appearance on Dopamine Music. The Australian (but currently UK based) producer continued dropping elite level productions in 2012 with releases on Eelke Kleijn’s Outside The Box Music, Baires Records and Lowbit. Luke’s gig schedule for the year was highlighted with an appearance at Fire, London for Bedrock’s Anniversary’s party which went down as one of the clubs most successful nights of the year. For his ‘You May Sit and Wonder’ interpretation Luke has crafted another peak time construction that has Hernan Cattaneo written all over it. In taking the amazing elements from Vinayak A’s original and putting an even more hazy, poignant spin on them Luke has delivered an emotionally charged progressive techno bomb that goes down as one of this best productions to date.
The second remix comes from another Australian producer Rich Curtis who also enjoyed immense success in 2012. Rich Curtis closed out the year with one of his biggest releases to date in the form of “Lower Your Voice’ on the newly formed sister label of 99percent called RELEASE. The Oliver Lieb remix received festival play from Sasha and the Pig & Dan remix enjoyed an extended stay in the Beatport Techno chart. Add to that an appearance on Hernan Cattaneo’s Sudbeat label earlier in the year and by all accounts Rich would have to be considered amongst the genres elite producers. as 2013 begins. Rich’s ‘You May Sit and Wonder’ interpretation proves to be a great complement to the package as it comes with his exceptionally unique brand of progressive tech house. Filled with quirky hooks, a cavernous low end and spacious pads the piece rumbles towards the main break. Here a sequence of smooth chord changes and flickering atmospherics create the perfect harmonious interlude which sets the stage for an epic conclusion.
The final remix on the package comes from Rikesto who is also making his Dopamine debut here. Ricardo Espinel aka Rikesto hails from Columbia and he first came to our attention when he was announced as one of the finalists in Bedrock’s Guy J ‘Azimuth’ Remix contest. His discography now includes appearances on Baires, Balkan Connection, Aegyptia and Iboga. His ‘You May Sit and Wonder’ interpretation is his first new production of 2013 and he’s gotten the year off to a great start. Rikesto has delivered a progressive techno rocker that’s filled with ample amounts of peak time atmosphere. The chugging groove, driving drums and spacey electronics lay down the perfect framework as the track reaches its heart. The emotional peak of the record comes as a smooth sequence of soft melodic keys adds a wonderfully serene vibe which softens the relentless groove just a touch and should provide some sizable dance floor magic as a result. Release Promo Hype Chart #1
Review courtesy of: Release Promo