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Greek producer Nikko Z has steadily built himself into one of the leading producers in the new landscape of progressive house. His deep, percussive and rolling hypnotic sound is routinely championed by Hernan Cattaneo and he has become a firm favourite with DJs around the globe who look for a more contemporary take on progressive house. Nikko has appeared on an abundance of quality imprints over the last year including Hernan Cattaneo's Sudbeat, Movement Recordings, Proton and Vapour. The last quarter of 2012 sees Nikko establishing his own 'Dopamine' imprint which will feature many of his own productions as well as fresh material from many of his favourite producers and industry friends. The first Dopamine release comes courtesy of label boss Nikko. Z with the appropriately titled 'Dopamine' which comes with remixes from: Tash, Chris Mozio and Dale Middleton.
Nikko's original begins with a wealth of scattered drum elements, pristine electronics and a pulsating bass line that delivers some serious dance floor bounce. Descending chord changes on the bottom end soon follow and should be incredibly impactful on the floor. A set of ominous pads and haunting synth elements soon fill the air along with some cascading keys with a well produced glistening quality. The main drop sees the melodic elements eventually become the showcase element amidst some panning drums which serve to build some nice tension before the pulsating groove and ominous, well textured synths reappear for a heavenly finish to the record.
The first remix is supplied by Movement Recordings boss DJ Tash. Tassos Papagiannoulis aka Tash is certainly one of the most influential figures from the Greek electronic music scene and also one of the countries hardest working DJs. Recent appearances on Tribal Vision, Lowbit and of course his own Movement imprint along with an October gig at MOS with Hernan Cattaneo and Luis Junior has shot Tash even further into the spotlight and as 2012 draws to a close his momentum just continues to rise. Tash's 'Salty' interpretation of 'Dopamine' uses all the killer drum elements from Nikko's original but over a much more spacious sounding groove. As the composition grows the groove really starts to rumble and with main drop drawing near the energy is palpable. The break would have to be one of Tash's finest melodic moments. Filled with emotional chord changes, shimmering keys and a long build this is dance floor magic waiting to happen. The energy following the break is even larger with waves of electric sounding bass propelling the composition to a great climax.
The second interpretation comes from Greek producer Chris Mozio. Chris has long been a staple of the Movement Recordings artist roster and has also appeared on Vapour and Lowbit. Chris has been very quiet on the production front recently with his last outing coming over a year ago with his remix of Cid Inc's 'Cotai Strip' for Movement Recordings in July of 2012. Chris' fans will be delighted to see him back and it's been well worth the wait as he's delivered a killer interpretation of 'Dopamine'. Chris has overhauled the track into a stripped down and hypnotic driver with great club energy. The breakdown showcases a subtle and emotionally touching melodic interlude which serves as a great centre piece for the driving waves of momentous energy that surround it.
The final remix on the package comes from Dale Middleton. The UK producer shot into the spotlight this year with his first productions (a collaboration with Adam Shaw) getting signed to Lowbit Records and earning support from: Hernan Cattaneo, Guy J, Nick Muir, Dave Seaman, Eelke Kleijn and Luke Porter. Dale's 'Touched' interpretation of 'Dopamine' is a superb complement to the package as it comes with a much funkier groove that's accented with snips of the key sequences from the original and the wavering atmospheric tension that seems to build and build throughout the composition. It's the perfect mix to put a cap on an outstanding first release from Nikko Z's Dopamine imprint.
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Distributed by Proton Music.
Release/catalogue number: DPM001
Release date: Nov 28, 2012