Argy has been on the wishlist of Moscow Records founder Archie Hamilton for a while. The two met at a Cuttin’ Headz party in London after being invited to play by The Martinez Brothers. They immediately hit it off and planned to work together on an EP. When quizzed on the release, Hamilton tells us that he was really happy with the EP as a package and that he has been playing all these tracks on the road for some time.
Now coming up to its 10th year and its 25th release, Moscow Records as a label has grown quickly over the last few years. Recent releases have come from Archie and his cousin Benson Herbert (w/ S.A.M rework) and another collaboration with Noha have put the label in a healthy state going into 2019. “Sometimes it takes years for a label to be recognized for it’s efforts and I feel like this is the time for Moscow” says Argy. “It was the labels early stuff that introduced me to Archie as a producer.”
Perhaps best known for his earlier work on Luciano’s Cadenza, Argy’s most recent releases are probably his best yet. High on confidence from his latest release on Crosstown Rebels in the summer, his release on Moscow continues to blend the worlds of house and techno. Argy tells us “This is a more stripped back affair, more minimal and perhaps more appropriate for the after-hour. The record reminisces a different era of music, mainly retro east-coast House music and the Berlin neo-Minimal sound from around 2005 like Tobias etc.”
A-side ‘Sing It’ is a peak time number with a driving bassline. Out of all the releases on Moscow so far, this is one probably tinges more to the techno side than the house side.
Trommel has the full-length of the second A-side ‘Siesta’. The track follows on from Sing It. Dubbed out chords, murky vocals and an undeniable pace that has already graced the dancefloors of DC-10 and Tobacco Dock into a frenzy via its buzzing low-end and clinical drum-programme.
On the flip, Romanian duo Livio & Roby put their own twist on Siesta. It’s deeper and warmer than the original, with evolving synths and modular sequences shining through.