“It’s always an honour and a big responsibility to put together a ‘Best Of’ mix for Emerald & Doreen. How to do justice to the spirit of this unique eclec-tronic label? Luckily it has such a consistent output within a voluminous catalogue that compiling and mixing my favourite tracks off its busy release schedule usually delivers a lively, colourful mix reflecting this ace German imprint's artistic freedom and unbridled diversity, a kind of restless, captivating sonic journey pieced together from a collection of pretty faultless tunes - not that a hard task with so many killer compositions and remixes to choose from.
This latest edition is no different, and actually suggests an even more exciting outcome as - believe it or not - a pattern of sound, almost a style, is emerging in Emerald & Doreen's international stable of artists/contributors (and beyond, to be truthful). Here and there in the old continent, and pretty much all over the globe, a ‘vintage' mood is building and coming to the fore in electronic music. More and more, DJs, producers, musicians are harping back to its very beginnings for inspiration, the late 70s, early 80s when expensive technological toys - effect units, synthesisers, drum machines, midi & sequencers, samplers… - started to take over in studios from the usual way of making records (musicians playing traditional instruments without a computer in sight). No wonder, this golden era of innocence and groundbreaking changes remains the ultimate reference, a precious time of discoveries, trials and errors (with little defined formulas to cash in), which unequivocally shaped the future without any complexes and opened the door to worlds of imaginative developments.
And indeed a lot of the tracks in this Emerald & Doreen mix - many of them carefully re-edited, tightened up to seamlessly blend into each other and sustain attention - are rooted in the euro-disco and primal dancefloor experiments of yore. Call it ‘euro retro’ or what you like, there is a strong desire to re-define the present with a timeless sound whilst escaping the uniformisation of most of today's productions by going back to basics, back to the original sounds and machines which paved the way for electronic disco and dance. Arpeggiated basslines, robotic grooves, huge gated claps & snares, evocative analog synths, cinematic landscapes... there's drama in the air and the thundering repetitive sequences that keep you grooving and swaying are unequivocal, the offsprings of the greatest producers of yesteryear are truly alive and kicking.
Mix, edits and production by Jerry Bouthier, May 2019.
1. Statickman - Space Cordillera
2. Ruben - Unoina (Alejandro Veneno Remix)
3. Opera Kalma - Aion Final Mix
4. Mr BC - Trust Me (Somerville & Wilson Trusted Mix)
5. Warnes - Ave Lunar (Balam Remix)
6. Robert E. Livingood & Rhoneil - Free (Sara Zinger Remix + Original)
7. Yuki Tosaya - Voices From Tokyo
8. Barko - Audio Gangster
9. Panthera - Solari (R.T. Cass Remix)
10.Agle - Mélodie du soir
11.Enjanzea2 - Ataque Ritalino
12.Agle - Coda
13.Celestino - Odyssey
14.M-Csk - Flashback (Attendances_Remix)
15.Dalo - Sardenaira
16.Go Satta - A Real Boy (Ed Mahon Remix)
17.The Shamaniac Movement - Ceremonial Self
18.Csk - Zuruck (Dog.ma Remix)
19.go nogo - And the Devil 2
20.The Dayoffs - A Million Days (Daytona Neon Boulevard Mix)
21.DeusExMaschine - Nowhere Else