You can always count on the warped mind of Sweden's Zoo Brazil to deliver a lean, punchy cut of techno for your dancefloor delectation. Anyone who's managed to release records on uncompromising labels like Harthouse, Twin Turbo and 303lovers and bag a Grammy nomination at the same time is clearly someone with a special touch at their fingertips, and his latest banger for Great Stuff is a straight-up, no-messin' affair.
Selected kicks off with some loose, warped bass funk in the driver's seat, his trademark sassy and succinct percussion supporting. A nagging, warped synth drone gets to the heart of the matter, building an incessant energy in delightfully twisted fashion as the track gets into full swing. The ingredients are simple, and the mood manic - the result being something straight out of a peak-time moment in a stomping Sven Vaeth set.
Straight out of the North of England comes scene stalwart D. Ramirez's sexed-up spin on Selected. He weaves an intricate web of rattling tribal percussion and techno aesthetic with just a dash of house (check those horn blasts) and amps the situation up with a breakdown of obese proportions. It makes for an excellent, warmer alternative to the dark charms of the original, giving an excellent package that should keep all the family happy.
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