- Release Date 2015-03-17
- Label Evoked Recordings
- Catalog EVO100
Much like Evoked Recordings Ian has released varying styles of electronic music over his career. 2014 saw the UK producer's discography more than double in size with appearances on 238 West and Polytechnic Recordings being the highlights. 'The Rabbit Hole' finds Ian showcasing a driving, slightly twisted progressive house sound. Big beats backed by a romping groove lays down a nice foundation while driving rhythms and classically styled lines up the energy nicely. The main break casts an ominous yet somehow hopeful tone over the piece which gradually morphs into a warped and intense climax during the second half finale. A definite nod to the old school here and one that should fit nicely into many sets over the coming months.
The first interpretation of 'The Rabbit Hole' is provided by Adnan Jakubovic who is making his first appearance on Evoked Recordings. Hailing from Bosnia and Herzegovina Adnan began his production career in 2011 with releases on Carica Records and Undervise Records. His progressive trance sound evolved into something much deeper and more introspective over the next three years and as 2014 ended releases on Balkan Connection South America and LuPS Records showcased Adnan's best work to date. For his 'The Rabbit Hole' interpretation Adnan has stayed true to the ominous themes from the original all while adding his own stark, techno infused twist. Tough beats, dark electronics and a futuristic sonic scope carry the piece on its near eight minute journey. Definitely one for the darker dance floors.
The second interpretation of 'The Rabbit Hole' is provided by Amber Long who appears under her OPL alias for this project. The Canadian producer / vocalist is riding a wave of wonderful momentum at the moment. Amber's 2014 was capped off with one of years most anticipated releases in 'Sofia'; written in conjunction with Mike Griego it was a piece that touched the hearts of progressive house fans and will sit as genre classic for years to come. We first heard from Amber's OPL production moniker in May of last year when she remixed Napalm and d-phrag's 'Substance (courtesy of Balkan Connection). Subsequent appearances on Agara Music and Fierce Animal Recordings further cemented the projects tough minded techno sensibilities and her interpretation of 'The Rabbit Hole' has turned out wonderfully as well. It's dubby nature proves to be a great complement to the previous two versions. Deep, aquatic sounding bass lines and fluid electronics make for an incredibly smooth groove and the hazy surroundings are rich in psychedelia. Beautiful remix from OPL.
The third interpretation of 'The Rabbit Hole' is provided by Real Gone Kid who many electronic music fans may also know as Simon Huxtable. The UK producer / DJ has contributed immensely to our industry in recent years not only with his production and DJ sets but for bringing the world great stories and music reviews through Decoded Magazine. As one of 2014's hardest working music journalists Simon somehow found the time to craft a three track EP for Alex Nemec's Mirabilis Records which was released with great reactions just as 2014 drew to a close. For his 'The Rabbit Hole' interpretation Simon has delivered what is the biggest version on the release. It's burly, gated beats and scattered claps carry an enormous presence while a myriad of constantly evolving and monumentally trippy electronics meld together for maximum sensory stimulation. Awesome remix from Simon!
The fourth and final interpretation of 'The Rabbit Hole' is provided by Evoked Recordings label artist Ryan Zigler. The US producer has been an integral part of Evoked Recordings since the inception of the label. Ryan's remix here marks his 11th appearance and his unique take on techno and tech house is always a great addition to any project. For his 'The Rabbit Hole' interpretation Ryan has added his own unique twist on the track which reinvents the parts into a funky, cross-genre gem. Filled with quirky rhythms, granular textures and a stompy back room style groove Ryan's mix rounds out the package on a fresh and inspiring note.
Five amazing cuts to choose from here which commemorate Evoked Recordings 100th release in fine style.
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