- Release Date 2017-07-17
- Label Dreamcatcher
- Catalog DREAM001
A major force in his home country's music scene, Tinexis is a mysterious artist in a world of social media noise. Pushing against the idea that high visibility is the key to success, the Swiss artist finds an 'appeal in anonymity'. Whether performing live, through his "Other Sides" podcast, or brand new monthly "Depth Immersion" show on Proton Radio, Tinexis continues to mesmerise and hypnotise through a unique blend of music that captivates fans and listeners alike.
His debut release thus continues to build on a reputation that is set to grow. "Dark Side of the Moon" is a brooding dance floor gem that evolves with consummate ease via a backdrop of pounding beat, driving percussion and melodic mastery. Shimmering arpeggios vie with intricate bass groove and stuttered vocal cuts as an emotive chord progression flows. Pausing at a stripped back breakdown, a stepped lead line cuts through the sonic spectrum with its crystalline edge before joining forces with rhythm and bass once more in the third movement to hugely impressive effect. This is a remarkable debut.
Ukrainian DJ and producer, Stas Drive, needs little introduction to the underground dance fraternity. An artist of skill and renown, his work in both the live and studio arenas have seen Stas dominate Russia and Ukraine's club scene. Performances at festivals including the famous "Kazantip" as well as working as event promoter and DJ school teacher, has seen Stas gather a wealth of experience as he continues to become a major force through his studio work.
A double-century of production credits sit proudly next to the Stas Drive name as he finds his work allied to blue-chip imprints including microCastle, Sudbeat and Hope. Indeed, it was for the latter that saw Stas make an appearance on Nick Warren's hugely successful crowd-funded album, "The Soundgarden", with his track, "Arjuna". Regularly supported by the DJ glitterati, John Digweed, Sasha and Hernan Cattaneo have all kept the Stas Drive name in the limelight.
Now working his production magic for Dreamcatcher, the Stas Drive remix of "Dark Side of the Moon" is built upon a dark, pounding groove that sees a seismic kick lay the foundations for a running bass line to keep energy high, as metallic percussive shots span the stereo-spectrum in precise fashion. A wealth of additional production material is in full evidence as a dance-floor jewel explodes at the mid-point with its stabbed synth line. Using Tinexis' emotive lead line to full effect at the breakdown, Stas Drive's skill is to combine this with his own production elements in a shimmering, dynamic club classic that climbs to a rousing zenith in the third movement.
Tinexis and Stas Drive have provided a journey of enlightenment on "The Dark Side of the Moon".
AandR by Alex Coin
Text by James Warren