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Triumph – Wall of Hope

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3516-232988_600.jpgLabel: EspaiScore: 7.5/10 

If sterling tech-house grooves are your thing, then chances are you’ve already checked in with the sounds of Triumph. And if you haven’t, then you might want to thank us for the introduction. That said, the latest EP on his own Espai Music imprint isn’t strictly pointed towards techier planes, and one quick listen to this stunning EP reveals everything from house to disco to deeper tropes.

The action gets underway thanks to the ethereal strands of the title track in original form, ‘Wall of Hope’. Opening with a deep melody line that’d make Fred P wilt, it soon courses towards more progressive lines as the vibes and the beats gradually become more pronounced. Very classy stuff indeed.

The first of the two remixes arrives thanks to Clip!, who reworks the original into a frenzies monster that’s far more mental in its approach. One for the big rooms, this one doesn’t take any prisoners whatsoever. Culimating the EP is the sounds of 6tma, who turns in the most unusual of the bunch on the so-called ‘Sacred Family’ remix. Playing out like something of a rave classic or an unearthed Hacienda jam of old, it’s a call to arms like few others we’ve encountered for some time. A proper example of how to make dance music for the floor, Espai’s latest is a treasure from the first to the last. 

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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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