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The Moonlight Records 2019 Spring Sampler demonstrates the Calgary label's ability to assemble subversive dance music that traverses both the globe and generations of artists. The EP's four tracks showcase veteran producers alongside emerging forces, homegrown Canadian talent alongside international figures, and shades of dance music that cover the spectrum from deep house to techno.

The soulful deep house offering 'All Your Shit' from Barcelona-based Funk D'Void is ingrained with the boldness and substance of a producer that's been active since the mid 90's. Punctuated by a voice repeating the phrase 'all your shit sounds the same,' the track is a lounge-worthy medley of jazzy, organic instrumentation, deep baselines, and groove-inducing hi-hats.

Of the EP's four artists, Techno producer Kloves is the relative newcomer of the list. In the three years since their debut they've assembled a prolific catalogue of hard-hitting European-styled techno releases across numerous international labels, including a remix on Rennie Foster's recent Moonlight release Crisis Actors. 'Reform,' with its hauntingly immersive chord progressions that stretch out over the track's dominating kick-drum, is peak-time techno that overflows with progressive, cinematic flair.

Winnipeg-based Joe Silva's career as a producer harkens back to the mid 90's, and since 2004 he's often appeared as one half of the tech-house duo Tonepushers. His solo offering 'One Day' stands in a category of its own, combining peak tempo, kick-drum driven percussion with layers of deep instrumentation. Rising chords, droning melodies, and fleeting organs make this track a journey in itself.

Derrick Thompson, also known as Drivetrain, founded Detroit's Soiree Records at a time when the city was just beginning to attract international attention. In the 28 years since its creation the label has served as a constant platform for the motor city techno sound. As such, 'Dark N Cloudy' is as authentically Detroit as you can hope to find. Raw, hard hitting percussion drives the track as distorted notes reminiscent of acid house linger in the air, striking a balance between minimalism and unhinged revelry.

The unique and refined character imbued in each of these four tracks shows why Moonlight Records is increasingly drawing the attention of longtime dance music fans and new ravers alike.

Words By Jonathan Crane
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