Yair Yona's Top Ten

Access To Arasaka
Hans Appelqvist
A-Sun Amissa
Bass Communion
Andrea Belfi
Birds of Passage
Brooklyn Rider
Sean Byrd
Condre Scr
Death By Chocolate
A Death Cinematic
Nicholas Deyoe
The Eye Of Time
Cezary Gapik
Ernest Gonzales
Eleanor Hovda
Ikin + Wenngren
Known Rebel
Loops Of Your Heart
My Fun
Pan & Me
Peter Prautzsch
Rampersaud Shaw
Craig Vear
Voices from the Lake
Yair Yona

Compilations / Mixes
Futureboogie 10
Hatched Vol. 1
Fritz Kalkbrenner
Project Mooncircle 10th

Celer / Machinefabriek
Seth Chrisman
Heidi Mortenson
Andy Vaz
Mike Wall
Marshall Watson

Andy Vaz featuring Eva Soul: Feelin'
Soiree Records International

Tragedy Park, a Drivetrain EP by DJ-producer and Soiree Records International head Derrick Thompson, appeared on Andy Vaz's Yore imprint in 2009, and now Thompson returns the favour by issuing a three-track EP featuring Vaz's own “Feelin'” original (from his superb 2011 full-length Straight Vacationing) and choice remixes by Drivetrain and Norm Tally.

Drivetrain's fabulous “Reflection” version is up first and is, to these ears, the EP's standout. Thompson strips away much of Eva Soul's sultry vocalizing on the original to instead shine the spotlight on a tight and exuberantly jacking house strut. Clubby and soulful in the extreme, Drivetrain's instant classic works up a heady lather in its tripped-out mix of synth smears, vocal snippets and exhalations, and unstoppable electro blaze. Vaz's original hardly suffers by comparison, as it's a sumptuous ride in its own right. More laid-back than the opener, Vaz strikes a luscious balance between the singer's rapturous exclamations and the multi-layered, hard-grooving background, and what results is six minutes of breezy synthetic-soul splendour. The longest of the three tracks, Tally's nine-minute mix catches one's ears with its shaker percussion and bold, off-beat punctuations but ultimately ends up being a tad less satisfying than its brethren for being too repetitive and lacking the kind of dramatic development heard in the others. Even so, the Drivetrain version alone makes the release worthy of recommendation.

March 2012