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Edu Imbernon – Ditto

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3516-135707_600-500x500.jpgLabel: EklektischScore: 8/10 

Edu Imbernon’s Eklektisch label has considerably grown in stature recently, and one look at the sort of collaborators he’s now picking up the phone to are very much indicative of the fact. On ”Ditto”, the young Spaniard calls on Rosina on the vocal front – a name you might recognise from Crosstown Rebels‘ frankly massive ”Fables and Fairytales” from a few years back.

And to give the vocalist her dues, she turns in another stunning, sultry contribution here on a record that’s brimming with sexy, summer-time vibes. The unfurling bassline proves a potent marriage too, while Imbernon’s assured handling of the vocal (splicing it when possible and injecting it with numerous echoes) add to the overall atmosphere of the record. Excellent stuff.

First up on the previously alluded to remix duties is prolific deep house don, Olivier Mateu AKA Rodriguez Jr. The sometime Tenampa, Mobilee and Systematic man reminds us why he’s been a force to be reckoned with for some time, as he delievers a far more ominous take on the original. Tough beats contradict the dream inducing melodies with distinction, and Rodriguez Jr’s interpretation is the most striking of all that’s on show here.

Finally, the no less respected Fairmont turns in a remix that’s precisely in keeping with his unpredictable nature. This time, the emphasis shifts toward a more accesible, almost 80s influenced, synth-pop palette. Like much of Eklektisch’s best releases, ”Ditto” is a party-starting collection of tracks that’s hard to find fault with.  

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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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