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Rui Da Silva – Full Circle EP

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Kismet-Records.jpgLabel: Kismet RecordsScore: 8/10

Portugal’s Rui Da Silva caused a major splash in 1994 as the Underground Sound of Lisbon with ‘So Get Up’, which appeared on Tribal as a major weapon in the hands of Danny Tenaglia and Junior Vasquez. The acapella alone showed the bloke knew what made a dancefloor cream and, as this latest release on his long-running Kismet label shows, he still does.

The Full Circle EP is a master-class in bass-driven dub-house atmosphere, guaranteed to do the job in the early hours. Both ‘Return to The City’ and ‘Journey D Mix’ are blessed with blue whale scrotum-sized bass-lines, carrying the tracks over steady percussion through subtly-driving synth embellishments and shadowy vocal manipulations.

Initially, both tracks seem simple with their deep, cavernous grooves but Rui is a master of micro-mixing tactics which hot-wire their toxicity and gravity pull for maximum impact in sweaty basements and lost-in-music warehouses. 

 

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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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