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Test Tone – Aurora [incl. Guy Mantzur Remix](Green)

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It was a fine day in the universe when Zoo Brazil & Mark Fanciulli decided to collaborate as Test Tone. Mark, despite only being a 5 year veteran of the scene, has had releases on Planet E, Saved, Moda Black and Rejected, collaborated with other artists such as Huxley and remixed for Josh Wink’s much lauded Ovum. Zoo Brazil, needs little introduction, with a substantial body of work and a list of remixes that would reach twice round the planet if you laid them out back-to-back. On top of that the label boss is no other than leading heavyweight of the new-wave of electronic superstars, Joris Voorn and things are stacking up to be rather good.

Aurora is an emotive house crossover with bags of energy, utilising some sublime elements such as an undulating arpeggio which filters opens and closes throughout the track adding energy and drive, a simple melodic bassline and lush pads. There are some elegant synth lines, sounding almost orchestral and and a whole lot of chunkiness to hold it all together. What Aurora does isn’t about innovation, it’s about doing what it does well, and that is producing a mid-to-peak slice of house that will work the floor, switch a gear and at the right time be a peak-time moment.

Global DJ and all round DJ impresario Guy Mantzur grooves out the original and makes it more useable in club environment, adding value but not deviating much from the original. A good interpretation taking it deeper and more driving.

Rebound, despite not being quite as accessible as Aurora is the stand-out of the release for me with its more aggressive bassline, countered with some gorgeous pads and melody is a simple and effective mid-set weapon.

It’s the movement and complexity of sounds and melody in both the original tracks that shine through here, nothing hugely ground-breaking but what is done, is done supremely well and with thought, energy and quality. The experience shines through.

Score: 8/10

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