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Acumen – Diagonal


3516-218059_600.jpgLabel: Thrill of ItScore: 8/10 

French producer Acumen has been on a rich vein of form since starting his Thrill of It label a few months back. As consistent as he is impressive, the man churns out tracks like it’s nobodies business, although to give him his fair dues he nearly always impresses thanks to the wide-ranging permutations, which shine through again here on his most recent offering, Diagonal.

Presumably named after the infamous Barcelona hotel that’s a DJ mainstay during Sonar week especially, the original takes us on a melodic blend through ominous planes that are beefed up by a meandering vocal sample. Sticky and sultry, it’s a suitable offering for the end of the summer if nothing else. ‘Thrill’ is a more delicate and nimble offering, as it leads us down a route that’s laden with dexterous tidbits aplenty.

French duo Jules & Moss continue their own blistering form with a suspense-soaked take on ‘Diagonal’. As the synths become more pronounced, so too does the intensity, resulting in an offering that’s a nice counter-balance to the original. Lee Van Dowski & Dean Demanuele are then handed the task of remixing ‘Thrill’, and they do so with a tool-based offering that’ll keep the night gradually ticking over. A most satisfactory return for a label that’s firmly got our attention at this rate. 

Grahame Farmer

Grahame Farmer’s love affair with electronic music goes back to the mid-90s when he first began to venture into the UK’s beloved rave culture, finding himself interlaced with some of the country’s most seminal club spaces. A trip to dance music’s anointed holy ground of Ibiza in 1997 then cemented his sense of purpose and laid the foundations for what was to come over the next few decades of his marriage to the music industry.

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