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Hector Couto – Sunday Anthem

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DMU011.JPGLabel: Definition:MusicScore: 8/10 

Spanish tech-houser Hector Couto has long been well versed in the more immaculate and refined side of the genre he best – and most commonly – represents. His return to the fold for the Switzerland based Definition:Music is more of the same in that essence, as he perks up with aplomb on the assured and dexterous party-starting sounds of Sunday Anthem.

As is Couto’s speciality, he wastes absolutely no time in creating an impression either. So, it’s the title track that ushers in proceedings, with its multilayered melodic structure one that shines throughout. By the time the bulbous, elongated bassline emerges, Couto has already pushed the listener in the direction of the ‘floor, with its rough-around-the-edges sound one that’s as indebted to vintage as it is modern tropes.

It’s deft, expert stuff, and it’s a sound that’s manipulated well on Dene Antony’s remix. The fledgling British producer has enjoyed a fine time of it of late, with his many dexterous sounds perking the ears of labels such as Love Not Money amongst others. He grabs the opportunity here with both hands, as he turns in a shuffling, eschewed remix of the latter that’s brimming with nuanced tones and owes a debt of gratitude to a New Jersey sound that’s been making quite a comeback of late. Definition is then on hand to supply the final remix. Swelling, mushrooming synths and melancholic facets form the backbone of his remix; one that proves the proverbial cherry on top. Ace stuff all round.  

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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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