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Stelios Vassiloudis & Sasse – Refuse

Berlin-based Klas Sasse Lindblad teams up once more with Athens’ Stelios Vassiloudis to drop some more pure pressure for Audiomatique – subsequent to their 2013 release ‘Options & Futures’. Sasse has been making house for the best part of 20 years, both for his own Moodmusic label and many other imprints. Stelios Vassiloudis has also carved out his own niche, not least via his debut album on John Digweed’s Bedrock label.

Here they combine their strengths again for this exceptional release – ‘Refuse’ is a deep, snarling house bomb, dripping in sex and sweat. The bassline struggles to free itself from its moorings, mutating and evolving menacingly over the tight, driving rhythm.

Play with caution – things may get messy. Johannes Brecht’s remix takes things even further down the rabbit hole – strange bleeps and blips tear through the track, which has been streamlined into a slick tech workout. Beatport customers also get access to the killer dub version, which somehow manages to tame the wild bassline but turns up the heat on the groove. Out on May 19.

Stelios Vassiloudis & Sasse – Options And Futures EP [2013]

Greek producer/dj Stelios Vassiloudis (pictured above) teams up once more with Berlin-based Klas Sasse, following their 2011 outing on Bedrock. This time round, the pair find a home with Audiomatique, and use it as the perfect platform to launch another assault on the dance floor. The ‘Options and Futures EP’ sees the well-traveled collaborators speculating on house’s enduring ability to thrill. The original mix fires along at pace, building and building via frenetic synths, and a well-placed vocal stab that references some of the kinetic energy of early house. The whole thing holds together perfectly and is as euphoric a moment as you will hear this year – this will ring out on floors across the globe. The Phonogenic mix is a different affair – a deeper more spacey voyage but maintaining the taught sense of tension throughout. Dubbed out effects lend it a very late night appeal, somewhere between the main room and the after party.