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Various Artists – Four to the Floor Part.2

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Label: Diynamic

Score: 8/10

Releasing four V/A EPs within the space of little over a month isn’t – for a multitude of reasons – the sort of carry-on that your average contemporary label dare even dream of. Diynamic, to their credit, however, is far from your average label, and with the first in their Four to the Floor series proving such an exceptional listen, hopes were understandably high for the second such release. Fortunately, it doesn’t let the side down one iota either.

Coming straight into life, the first of the tracks on show arrives thanks to Undercatt’s ‘’Golden Area’’. A techno-inspired jam of the likes we rarely come across on the label, it’s dark and twisted in much the same vein as, for example, Gabriel Ananda’s finest work. Melodic but full of spiky synths and glorious atmosphere, it’s the sound of Diynamic ripping up the rulebook as only they know how. And for that reason at least, it’s worthy of all the plaudits that are sure to be showered on it.

Dente & The Liquid Mirror’s ‘’Together’’ is a bit of a mental tune, and one that traverses an off-kilter road in search of kicks. Barmy but sure to raise a smile – and a fist – on the floor, it’s the sort of fodder that need only be used be the most confident and assured DJ. Anton Dhouran’s ‘’Mirage’’ lets a semblance of light enter the equation once more. Full of glistening synths and a barrage of cleverly placed white noise, it’s a gentle but spirited listen that allows time for introspection. The imaginatively named BLOT! Is then tasked with closing the package alongside Lifafa. ‘’Empire’’ is a fitting closer too, as it skirts with interweaving beats that unfurl at a laborious pace from the get-go. If you think you’ve got Diynamic figured out at this rate, Four To The Floor part 2 is here to remind you that really, you definitely don’t.

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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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