Steel City Dance Discs
TBR: 19th March
From one Steel City to another, The Electro Review is in Saint Petersburg this week to get to grips with the latest release on Steel City Dance Discs. Fresh faced Maruwa is already making massive waves in the Russian dance-floor scene with her DJ work taking her far and wide. Now producing this 3 track EP, and putting it out there for all of us, Maruwa has been able to utilise her expert piano skills as well as her proficient DJ ability. Taking us back to the formative influences who dominated the scene in the 90s and 00s while holding onto the present day with white knuckled enthusiasm, Maruwa makes SCDD010 her own.
Starting with a jazz inspired rhythm, full of cymbal and snare as well as deep and resonant kick drum, the first track brings on a warm and organic feeling. Distant human voices and manic pipes chortle out over windy fields, the scene is perfect for colourful flags and people dancing in disorganised circles. As the bars continue, a bass tone begins to call out. Digital and synthetic, it adds an element of polarity to the almost real to life backdrop. Sparkling lamps of synthesiser tone ripple across the surface of the music, their analogue waveforms repeating in phrases that match the snowed in drums. As the sun shines down in ample beams, everything thaws and the full power of the mix is unleashed for our dancing pleasure. Borderwalk makes use of far reaching bass and fast tempos to throw interesting melodies and rapid evolution of formula high into the air.
The next track is called Freeze. It opens with a bouncy bassline, jumpy drums, and a gradual pressure behind that grows into atmospheric pads. Intensity rises on all fronts, and new sounding melodics poke through. Layerings of sound fall into place as the fast drumming and elastic inspired bass dances on its rubbery tension. Huge dancability runs through this number, upbeat and full of energy, the uplifting tunes pull us in to further enjoy the flow of the composition. Jagged synth lines form a horizon of stuttering patterns, running in dual tones, the octavian feel allows us to project our full attention into the sonic universe. A much more electro feel from the last offering, this second A-side pulls in the digital directions and makes them as natural as the person creating them.
The final instalment begins on a blippy melody that scatters tones in many directions. Sunny elements of scale decorate a neat and minimal percussion on simple drums. Exciting beats thrust the music forward on two-stroke jolts which, with the help of clever off-beat cymbals in the right places, manage to form a dynamic of fun and lively energy. Compelling and socialising, the music seems to draw in from various crowds to enable a feel good vibe that would suit all the parties. Massive thumping bass tones swell over airy sparkles of synthesiser while vocal snippets encapsulate tiny fragments of expression. This B side is equally as fun and enjoyable as the first two, which makes 31 Seconds an instant hidden classic.
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