Premiere: 2 – AZIBI 89 – Sounds From The Terrace [DGSD-004B]

Having already introduced the first in a four part series of digital only VA’s, we now present the next episode from Norwegian crew Det Gode Selskab. As with their own hugely popular events, their scope of sound is wide and varied, and their VA’s are similarly positioned.

With the weather closing in around Europe the thought of being deep into a sun kissed outdoor session is neve far from our minds and our pick of the release makes it so much easier to cast our minds. The dreamy trip of “Sounds From The Terrace” from AZIBI 89 produces hazy summer memories as soon as the first beat drops and the shimmering pads, repeating acid twang, and insistent groove transport the mind elsewhere without much hesitation.  Elsewhere in the sprawling release sees a return to the fold for Trulz & Robin who present the metallic funk of “Jiggi Dante”. The clang of the percussion is a satisfying contrast to the warm bassline which bobs and weaves and the hushed spoken words gives this a cool edge that demands multiple listens.

Parisian taste maker Bassam makes a welcome appearance with his stripped back offering “Untitled” and crisp hi hats and an ever so subtle pad underpins a less than subtle bassline. It is not long before the Distrikt Paris artist begins to bear his teeth with his fantastically sculpted synth work. Ramping up the energy levels means Kizi 404 unfurling the breakneck “No More Business With Eastern Partners” and with a tip of the hat to the peak days of hardcore techno and breaks which will ignite even the toughest dancefloors.

A well known part of the DGS family A:G, having been prolific in recent times and on “Did You Pack Everything” the Norwegian is on sinister form indeed. Tumbling synth FX, punchy snares and waning pads set the scene for the outrageous bassline that propels the track to the stratosphere. A splash of acid and arpeggiated synths helps to turn this from a solid groover to a fire breathing monster of a track. Completing the release is Det Gode Selskab’s resident studio wizard Karl Fraunhofer and it is clear from the outset that he has a handle on the situation. Satisfying squelchy synths filter in and out of view at will and the progressing acid line adds serious drama to “Higher”. When the beats drop out it is a certainty that there will be an almighty drop back into the groove and there is no disappointment on that front.

You can grab the digital VA from the label Bandcamp page now.

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