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Quivver – Wait For You EP

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Label: Selador
Score: 9/10

It’s always wonderful to see the rise of a label that stands for quality music, supports artists new and established and yet has a sound, look and feel that that is fresh and forward thinking. Industry stalwarts Steve Parry and Dave Seaman have achieved exactly that with Selador, having built a credible back catalogue of house and techno they have unleashed a monster package with the Wait For You EP. John Graham aka Quivver is already a production legend with credits as Space Manoeuvres and as a member of Tilt, but has recently released new material on Bedrock and a highly acclaimed album as John Graham called Cold Sun. However, it was this release on Selador that really caught my attention with its trademark Quivver soundscape and immediate vocal on Wait For You.

Drawing from elements of progressive and deep house yet still managing to sound individual Wait For You is stuffed full of distinct sounds, subtle synth lines, analog stabs, ethereal pads and big growling basslines yet chugs along in a shuffling groove that has the swagger of a con artist and the breadth of a supertanker. For producers new and old this is a masterclass of placing sounds in the arrangement to achieve a depth of sound without losing clarity.

Everything Remains The Same is aimed squarely at the dancefloor with a firing drum set and stereo soundscape that captures your attention in the intro alone. The insistent bassline nags and grooves, the big analogue stabs push things a level higher and the vocal and subtle melodies bring it all together into a deep, brooding, throbbing slice of intelligent progressive house.

The ever reliable D-Nox & Beckers turn in a serious techno remix, building with a solid bassline and adding another layer of bottom end to push the whole affair forward. A soaring, almost ethnic lead weaves its way in and out of the arrangement playfully, and tight hi-hats lift the whole thing and some of the elements from the original, vocal and big delays are used to give some depth, but the emphasis is on the solid bottom end pushing the track relentlessly. Big room techno business with credibility.

Emerging producer Habischman (check out his recent collaboration with Hot Since 82 on Moda Black) turns in a spellbinding techno groove which oozes quality from the very start utilising a percussion loop and driving bassline. Habischman plays nicely with Quivver’s melodies and ambient sounds, taking the track to a new level but when the vocal comes in backed with a superb chord changing pad it really takes it into the stratosphere without losing the groove.

I’m sure I’m not alone in wondering what planet John Graham came from, surely he must be one of the finest electronic music producers of our time, but if you need proof you know where to look. Spot on and nice to have Quivver back, and what’s more on top form.

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