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Label: Hope RecordingsScore: 8/10

Taken together, Nick Warren’s two original productions for 2013, the dubby, downtempo “Devil’s Elbow” and the hypnotic, enchanting “La Fabrica” succinctly capture the essence and creative breadth of one of electronic music’s most consistently exhilarating producers.  “La Fabrica,” is an extension of the spirit of Way Out West with its merging of eerie sci-fi melodies with a club-focused sensibility.

“La Fabrica,” is named after the Cordoba, Argentina hotspot – a beloved stop for Warren on his South American tours.  The Club Mix is a timeless, captivating slice of melodic deep progressive house with frenzied, textured percussion layered on top of a penetrating, throbbing rhythm.  Warren’s Warehouse Mix provides a refreshing counterpoint utilizing a more stripped-back approach putting the focus squarely on the melodic elements.  The female vocal touches of the Club Mix are replaced with layers of trickling, chime-y synths which heighten the tension and create more of a dub feel.

2013 has seen Hernan Cattaneo & Soundexile deliver consistently brilliant remix work such as their introspective, experimental interpretations of Navar’s “Le Paradigme” and also their breathtaking rework of Microtrauma’s “Olivia.”  Here, they have delivered a dark, menacing interpretation that threatens to go off the rails with its twisted treatment of the whispery vocals and atmospheric synths.  The strobing, descending key riff which plays more of a supporting role in the Club Mix is brought to the fore and bears its teeth in the electrifying break.

Dutch producer Yoram has the unenviable task of trying to compete with two progressive house ambassadors and simply doesn’t measure up with his remix as it’s too linear, too loopy and is lacking in melodic variety.

“La Fabrica” more than earns its place next to the likes of “Buenos Aires” and “Rumbletump” as it’s the latest gem in a long line of Warren creations to strike a harmonious balance between melody and groove.

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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