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Apollonia – Trinidad / Visa Americain EP

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Label: Apollonia Score: 7.5   Trinidad and Visa Americain sees the Apollonia trio—comprising of Parisians Dan Ghenacia, Dyed Soundorom and Shonky—make their debut offering on their own self titled record label. It’s no coincidence that this arrives in tandem with their Fabric 70 mix – both tracks sit at either end of the tracklisting, an opportunity for this freshly founded collaboration to shine a light on both their imprint, collaborative productions and back-to-back live performances.

Both tracks essentially share the same percussive backbone—tightly programmed House beats with an ever so slight Electro flavour—so it boils down to a case of which one has the additional bells and whistles to catch your attention.

In this instance, it is Visa Americain that comes out on top as the more intriguing of the pair, the crowd chatter and b-movie sci-fi effects getting the sweat glands firing, making you hanker for a dingy basement to shimmy in.

Flipping over, Trinidad is effectively more of the same, except with half the sparkle removed, opting for a spoken word sample in favour of the heady party atmosphere. However, both tracks are undeniably well crafted, and offer a perfect mid-set slice of locked-in groove to keep the basement dwellers in the palm of your hand.

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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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