The 15th release on Music To Please Friends welcomes Vlada D’Shake back to the label with ‘Floating’.
The Serbian producer made his debut on the label in February of this year with ‘Maginot / Dwarf Pump’. The superb double a-side release was not only regarded as the finest work of Vlada’s career but it also enjoyed a nice run in the Beatport Progressive House chart. Vlada’s latest ‘Floating’ looks to best that and includes two remixes from Jose Tabarez and Andrew Best.
Vlada seemed to find a groovy and more richly textured sound with ‘Maginot’ and that’s certainly prevalent on ‘Floating’ as well. The track begins with a big round kick and some very distinctive rhythms. Acidic bass stabs carve out a very cool foundation as several melodic motifs begin to develop over the top. There’s a haunting element wrapped up in those indistinct narratives and one which gets further explored during the main break. As the third act begins several vocal elements add more intrigue with the lead theme reaching a classy apex. Wonderful track from Vlada.
The first interpretation of ‘Floating’ is provided by Jose Tabarez who is making his second appearance on Music To Please Friends. Hungarian born but now UK based producer Zsolt Beregszaszi aka ‘Jose Tabarez’ first appeared on Music To Please Friends in March of this year with ‘Good After Bad’. The deep and melodic creation stood as one of Jose’s all time best and his ‘Floating’ interpretation is easily on the same level. Jose has reinvented those quirky hooks and subtle themes from the original over a deep and more fluid groove. It’s comes off quite a bit different as a result and thus a great complement to the original. It has its fair share of magic moments, particularly after the break with those heartfelt chord changes and sweeping textures. Beautiful remix from Jose.
The second and final interpretation of ‘Floating’ is provided by Andrew Best who is making his second appearance on Music To Please Friends. The UK producer has been quiet thus far in 2015 following several highlights in 2014. Two EPs for Terminology Records along with remixes for E Sound Records and Music To Please Friends solidified Andrew’s solo alias following years of collaborative work with Chris Scott from Lexicon Avenue and Michael Burns of Blue Haze fame. For his ‘Floating’ interpretation Andrew has crafted a much clubbier version with clean lines and funky stabs. A set of elastic tones makes for a tripped out break and the subtle build into the third act should play wonderfully on the floor. It’s all about the strength and broad appeal of the groove though, this is much more than a progressive house tune and should find favour with a wide range of DJs. Excellent remix from Andrew which rounds out another very strong release on Music To Please Friends.