Having produced the standout Tot EP for the imprints sub-label, Rebellion, Alex Dimou makes a welcome debut on Crosstown Rebels with What Keeps You There.
“I met Vili, the singer on What Keeps You There, during a theatre play we were both a part of. During the rehearsals, I heard her singing and that was it! She helped with the lyrics and since then we have been working on several projects together! The inspiration behind Let it be Known was a computer game I was playing at the time, which featured monsters with deep voices. Having that in mind, I tried to make a track with these aspects!”. Alex Dimou.
The EP begins with the enchanting nature of What Keeps You There. A prominent piano roll opens proceedings, with Vili’s moving vocals soon introduced over a chugging bassline. Cevin Fisher’s remix of the title track comes next. A more minimal take on the lead record, subtle kicks converge on rustling percussion, before Vili’s emotive vocals once again form a poignantly heartfelt production. Avidus provide a dance floor-ready rework of the original, that features a mechanical sounding synth and an echoing, electric breakdown, before the EP is rounded off with Let It Be Known, a four-to-the-floor, pumping house cut made up of strong kicks and driving pads.
Alex Dimou is a producer, DJ and remixer whose career has seen him perform all around the global circuit. As a remixer, he has collaborated with the likes of Maya Jane Coles and M.A.N.D.Y, whilst his own releases have found a home on Jamie Jones’ Hottrax as well as renowned Berlin imprint Get Physical Music. Legendary American producer Cevin Fisher has been releasing standout records since 1995, achieving five entries in the UK singles chart between 1998 and 2001. German duo Avidus are regulars on Crosstown Rebels, and continue to run their own imprint Empore Music, which was launched in 2015.
Almost one year on from his last release on the label, Athens based Alex Dimou releases a stellar EP for Rebellion showcasing his wide musical range over three tracks.
The ultra depths of piano driven lead track Tot, the wobbly, twisted rhythms of Define and the tech-house slam poetry of Constellation all showcase the many sides of Alex Dimou. His debut release for the label, This Time, featured Namibian singer Black Soda, which inspired a new collaboration. Constellation was the outcome, which features South African slam poet Lazarusman, well known for his work with Stimming, DJ.T and Djuma Soundsystem.
“I’ve been working on this EP for the past year. ‘Tot’ is one of my favourite tracks, where I’ve tried to blend my routes with newest influences. ‘Constellation’ came together almost a year ago, it’s a collaboration with Lazarusman, an artist I’ve always admired. ‘Define’ was made in Paris. During my live performance in a club, I realised that I needed a track with a vocoder vocal so I started working on it as soon as I went back to the hotel.” – Alex Dimou
Anyone who has heard Alex Dimou’s impressive live-set will recognise these tracks that will now finally be released on on Rebellion. Other releases can be found on the likes of Get Physical, Audiomatique Recordings and Kindisch.
Alex Dimou teams up with Black Soda, a multi-platform artist based in Cape Town to produce the mesmerising ‘This Time’, set with two dOP remixes for Crosstown Rebels’s Rebellion (Release Date: 11/03/2016).
South Africa’s Black Soda works in photography, writes, sings, produces and performs her music live, both as a solo artist and in various groups. “I met Black Soda almost a year ago through our mutual friend, Echonomist,’ explains Dimou, ‘It was probably the easiest collaboration I have ever done as she is a pure talent.” Her voice elevates ‘This Time’ from club weapon to raw ammunition for the highest peaks of the nights.
Notorious French trio dOP bring a delicate sensuality to their ‘Early remix’, while the ‘late dub’ sparks with an other-worldly, futuristic aura. Their infamous live show catapulted them to the mainstream and saw them return to the year end charts in the likes of Resident Advisor and Groove, but dOP first cemented their reputation as producers taking their own distinct vision to dance music.
Familiar for releases and albums on Get Physical, Klik and Audiomatique Recordings, Alex Dimou is followed for his stand out live acts and DJ sets. His first contribution to Damian Lazarus’s Rebellion introduces a stunning partnership and more than one promising talent.
After a very sweet ‚”Sweet Berries EP” released earlier this year, Get Physical label called upon rising Greek star Alex Dimou to compose and mix Get Physical’s “Tracks Volume 6”. Featuring brand-new artwork and comprised of a special 60-minute set created especially for the release -and then cut into 10 DJ-friendly tidbits-, the mix showcases Dimou’s ability to go from the deepest of house to darker, dance floor-worthy tech sounds, with enough time to stop by acid and even jazzy territory. It’s also the first of Get Physical’s “Tracks” compilations to focus on one artist behind the mixing instead of featuring tracks by numerous up-and-comers, giving the single featured artist the chance to communicate ideas more freely through an entire mix.
And boy, has Dimou stepped up to the challenge. The Greek producer says: “Get Physical is a label I have been following since my early days. Their taste in music, their history and their attitude really made my decision to release music with them very easy. I think that the “Tracks 6” project is a great opportunity to show my perspective of music. I wanted to make a mix of cinematic elements, minimal sounds and hypnotic structure. That’s why I didn’t make each track separately, but instead made a 60-minute project.”
From laid-back to epic, morning-epiphany material, this is one musical search that leaves no stone unturned. Perfect to press play and forget about. “So true”s vocals have been made by Lee Burton and “Oceanmoon” has been made together with Jamodu (aka Funkagenda).