It’s not hard to tell that Barem’s been kicking back and enjoying the summer, soaking up the sunshine vibes and pouring new found inspiration into these three new tracks. The result is a
breath-taking departure from his previous releases that demonstrates an unexpected mastery of the classic house sound. The first surprise is that each track stretches out to around the nineminute mark with Barem adopting a more patient, relaxed approach to his arrangements. The
resulting laidback grooves - loopy, organic and sexy in turn - effortlessly seduce the crowd, marking
a definite evolution in his sound and adding a welcome new string to his bow.
Seeee is a true dancefloor bomb. Seasoned with short, dry samples and clean percussion hits, the extended intro is in no rush to get going giving the DJ maximum opportunity to manipulate and play with the mix. Barem then drops in some phat claps and a taste of the bassline before a rush of white noise gets the hairs on your neck standing on end and the beat finally kicks in. It’s not long
thereafter that the woozy, oscillating tone that works brilliantly as the track’s focal point drifts into
view, playing with the crowd as it rises, falls and gradually accelerates into the strategically positioned breakdowns that allow the track to move up a couple of notches without ever really breaking sweat.
Kolimar continues in a similar vein but with slightly more shuffle on the groove and more effects applied to the individual parts. Another memorable bassline takes centre stage while the
rhythmically delayed vocal samples and snare fills circle around the main theme adding an extra, disorientating dimension to the breakdowns. The groove is so strong you can anticipate the unifying control it will exert over the hungriest party crowd.
The digital only Très De Niul is also a real gem. Kicking off in a low-slung tribal style with a delayed tom pattern rolling back and forth between the speakers and a gently hypnotic piano stab, it’s warm, organic and full of emotion. In fact it’s the perfect way to welcome back the morning sun after a long night of intense partying with elongated synthetic horn pads adding sweet, soulful overtones that gently wash over the sultry groove.
Some tracks just sound right from the first moment you experience them to the point where it’s often hard to appreciate the intricacies that lie within. Their natural completeness lends them a sense of simplicity and timelessness that masks the skills necessary to realise such ideas and that’s exactly what you get here. Barem has cleverly shifted focus, bringing a new level of maturity to his
music in the process.