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Georgia's roaring capital Tbilisi is the homebase of Stimmhalt, our artist from Pesto 019 "Lilac", hence the salute. Meanwhile, Davit has moved his HQ to Berlin and it clearly shows in the sound of the original of Lilac. It's a deep tune, no doubt about that, but it sports a cooler atmosphere, a more minimal approach to the world of Deep House. Filtered chord stabs are sparsely thrown on a distinctive, machine-like yet groovy and shaking beat. Vocal snippets, muted jazz trumpets and shouts are the ingredients of this slightly moody tune that's surely a welcome guest to any warm up or after hour. With releases on D-Lab and Stripped, Stimmhalt is relatively new to the scene but surely one to watch out for if deep, techy House is your thing!
The first remix comes from Ekala, a female artist from Tbilisi. With three artist albums under her belt, releases on labels such as CR2, System, Celestial and Musictracx and remixes for first class artists such as Moussa Clarke and Berny, she's quite the opposite of a newcomer. Her remix features the dry, club-compatible signature sound you'd expect from her. Ekala's remix starts very toolish, just to drop in some vocals towards the middle of the tune. Shortly before a huge break, the original chord stabs are being quoted and the break is unleashed onto the audience. Pads evolve, a whole new world of the original samples opens up when all of a sudden, the dry character of the beginning returns, along with the vocals and a newly introduced paddy chord sound.
YokoO is the second remixer of the bunch, with releases on Plastic City, Affin, Plusminus and many others. The Frenchman in Sidney takes "Lilac" into a completely different direction. Plucky sequences, modulated, drone-like pads and basslines turn this rework into a straight puncher. The vocal snips are reduced, the focus is on the straight forward drum work that's pushing a "man with the red face"-like atmosphere. Club stuff!
Finally, we have Istanbul's own Sinan Kaya, delivering a more classical Deep House remix. A pumping square bass, huge stabs, shaking tops and just snippets of the original parts lead to an atmospheric break. That knocking kick drum returns and we're all back in this mood that's typical for the raving Bosphorus scene and so sought-after right now.
catalogue #: Pesto 019
release date: 14th August 2012 worldwide
01. Lilac (Original)
02. Lilac (Ekala Remix)
03. Lilac (YokoO Remix)
04. Lilac (Sinan Kaya Remix)