A bright and busy tumble through a colourful set of housey analogue dance jams, courtesy of Dresvn. First Voyage follows up on releases for labels like Acido Records and Sex Tags Mania, but this time lands comfortably on Honest Jon’s. The 12” also includes some remix work from DJ Sotofett.
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- First Voyage by Dresvn
7/10 Laurie Staff review, 12 November 2015
Analogue is such a word right now, isn’t it? Just about all of the stuff that passes by this reviewer’s ears has that slapped onto the press release somewhere, always with that ‘ue’ at the end to make it sounds oh so extra special haughty electronic music. And it’s always warm too, ‘blossoming with sweet analogue warmth’. Truth is, there’s a person that lives in the room next to me that makes some of the warmest sound I’ve heard, all digital. It’s a moot point.
That aside, what I think the Honest Jon’s marketing team are trying to get at is the organic feel of this Dresvn 12”, mostly coming from the acoustic percussive loops that dominate DJ Sotofett’s mix of ‘First Voyage’, aided by that cosmic (they were right with that one) sunrise synth line that’s deeper than most deep house. It more or less progresses like that, with its Gilles Peterson funky feel going on for it’s duration. There’s a more minimal, chillout and downright short version nestled on the end of the A side, just because. Over on the B, and you’ve got an untouched Dresvn one, with less of an acoustic feel, everything synthesised with a rough edge, I mean those hats are pure abrasion, almost too piercing. It’s got a similar short, bouncy bassline as ‘First Voyage’, but without an overly blissful synth at the climax; as a result it feels more primal, just percussive loops made using machines. Right near the end a stabby chord joins, but with only a minute to spare. Odd. An almost great release.
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