With influences as far reaching as Stevie Wonder to The Beastie Boys, British producer Russ Gabriel is clearly inspired by each and every genre of music and not techno alone. Since launching his label Ferox, he's spent time turning his attention to his own productions, presenting radio shows and honed his remixing skills in projects with Mobilee, Planet-E, Pariter and Soma Records. To add to the list of collaborations, Dieb Audio houses his latest EP, Returning Home and it's available on the imprint from 21st December.
The EP opens with the title tracks gentle, warm melodies and features a hypnotic vibe that makes you envisage the Ibizan sun and its golden rays. With a chilled out feel and bass arpeggios it's the perfect soundtrack to sunset, sunrise and much more.
Warming things up further, Push It Along does exactly as the title describes. It kicks the EP into party mode with a steady, catchy bassline and its hauntingly cool organ notes. Rhythmic loops and stabs of synths complete the arrangement that would slot nicely into a long midnight mix.
Last in the hat trick of tunes, but far from least, is Narita Express. Things take a trippy turn on this track with its relentless beat on a one-way express to the dance floor. Waving and warping synth layers add to the journey of this speeding tune as it chugs through an eight minute expedition, before slowing down as it reaches its ultimate destination.
As his debut release on Dieb Audio, Gabriel delivers a diverse trio of tracks with Returning Home. Each tune's original arrangement offers something for every stage of the night, be it winding up, down or for right at the heart of the party.
|Artist: Russ Gabriel
Title: Returning Home EP
Label: Dieb Audio
Our Rating: 6/10