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Fabio Effe – Pump

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artworks-000063287753-a4q6z6-t200x200.jpgLabel: SSOHScore: 8/10 

Fabio Effe is the latest producer in a line of Italians to join the SSOH ranks. The French label has long played host to newcomers and established artists alike, and despite his status in among the former, his is a precious talent that looks set to knock on the door fo the big boys soon. At the very least, the Pump EP is the sound of a producer who’s well able to kick it with the best of them.

The roller-coaster ride that is the original is the foremost track on the label. Wrapped around a spine-tingling groove, the track moves with a uncompromising swagger that engulfs the listener in a haze of rhythm and spliced melodic charm. Sure, it’s unashamedly old-school in its old-school, with a musical footrprint that harks back to the early 90s, but all things considered, it’s still stands firmly on its own two feet as a track of some distinction.

On the remix level, label chief Claude Monnet gives the original an even tougher exterior, on a techno-tinged outing that latches on to the vocal for a tangible human edge. While it’s not as graceful as its predecessor, it’s a completely different beast, and deserves to be noted as such. The reprise dub features no such lyrics, making it the sort of dark track made for when the night calls for an injection of foreboding eeriness. 

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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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