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Alex Dimou feat. Black Soda – This Time EP

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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.

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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.

youANDme – Take Away feat. Black Soda EP

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Next up on Desolat is acclaimed deep house and techno pair youANDme with a new single that comes with remixes by label boss Loco Dice and label associate Pablo Bolivar.

youANDme is a collaborative project between Berlin based pair Martin and Daniel. They make raw, emotive underground sounds and Martin recently turned out a well received full length album that explored far and wide. They have worked for artists like Moodymann, Radio Slave, Seth Troxler, Lawrence and many others, as well as running Rotary Cocktail and 3 other mysterious labels. Their machine made sound is much loved by those in the know and no doubt will be this new single.

‘Take Away’ was written in summer 2014 with vocalist Black Soda from South Africa. It came after the pair worked on another track to such great effect that Martin played her an instrumental of this track and she immediately provided vocals for it that gave them both goosebumps.

The track is made from various hardware synths including the Roland Alpha Juno 2 and is filled with feeling. It is built on a bed of pinging drums and coarse claps, but the heaviness lifts with the arrival of Black Soda’s breezy, spoken word vocals and some colourful xylophone like melodies. It’s a proper underground anthem in the making, frankly.

Then comes Loco Dice with his version. It is typically chunky, with grainy, sheet metal claps, twisted vocals and skewed synths that all make it robust and masculine. Sure to be massive when dropped in the right club, it is a fine bit of work from the boss.

Pablo Bolivar then steps up to remix and flips the track into a more uptempo, gliding house cut with starry melodic patterns, punchy drums and filtered vox. It builds and builds to a peak and then implodes under emotive arps that are dotted left, right and centre, no doubt owning floors in the process.