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Undefined – Incognito (Including Steve Parry remix) RePublik Music Recordings

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With support from Laurent Garnier, John Digweed, Patrice Baumel, Hernan Cattaneo, Guy J, Nick Warren, Dave Seaman, Gel Abril, JOBE, Luis Junior, Fideles, Luke Brancaccio, Olderic, Dino Lenny, BOg. Did I get your attention? I hope so because this is a name-dropper all round from respected RePublik Recordings, Malta’s finest Undefined and one of the largest breakthrough progressive artists of recent years Steve Parry.

Despite the original standing tall it’s the Steve Parry remix that has propelled this release and given it the chutzpah to get into the record boxes of the global jocks that proves its quality and credentials.

Steve has been on the scene for some time, his dedication and enthusiasm have made it a pleasure to see him rise through the ranks to play alongside the tier 1 jocks and back-to-back with his fellow Selador label mate Dave Seaman at Creamfields this year. His releases have been extremely well received, including this, his first remix outside of Selador.

“I’m a huge fan of this label” said Steve “so I was delighted when they asked me to get involved. As soon as they sent me the parts, I could hear some stand out bits that I could imagine working in a remix. My first draft was tougher and more intense, and I was a little unsure about it, so after chatting to the A&R team I did another session on the track and stripped some elements back, allowing the remix to breathe more, and somehow by taking some bits out and restraining it, it had a different energy that worked nicely. I finished the mix on the Friday and sent to John Digweed to see if he liked. He played it on the Saturday at 303 when I was there, I had a big smiley face as you can imagine”.

What Steve has created is a deep, progressive roller with real feeling. The arrangement gives you time to think and react as it build up with melody and subtle ambients. The main riff is ear-catching without being over the top and the counter melody sets the landscape of interest. There’s a big round bassline, some squelchy 303 and a feeling that something special has been put together here. What a great remix and one of Steve’s finest moments, the mark of a mature artist.

The original shouldn’t be overlooked either, featuring the same main riff that propels this release so beautifully and a large breakdown, a little chuggier but still chunky as heck.

All-in-all a spell binding release from Undefined and well worth checking out for the original and not just the remix.

Score: 8/10

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