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mobilee056 - Dan Curtin - Other
mobilee056 - Dan Curtin - Other
Dan Curtin
mobilee056
14 Sep 2009

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€6.00 Vinyl 12"
Earlier this year Dan Curtin made his debut on mobilee with Beat Fiend, a release that - as the title might suggest - placed a primacy on funky grooves with melody taking the backseat to swirling and rolling percussion. As is typical of man who refuses to be locked into one style or sound, Curtin’s newest release sees him heading in a new, exciting direction, demonstrating his unique ability to anthologize over fifteen years of electronic music in the bounds of a single track. A-side "Other" opens with a pulsating wall of sound before descending into a passage of vocal-laced house and sealing the deal with a starkly contrasting backdrop of bells. This amalgamation of seemingly disparate styles - melodic techno, old-school house, and traditional minimalism - is a risky move that would easily flop in the hands of the less-experienced producer. Lucky for us, Curtin’s touch and finesse - perfected by over a decade and a half of producing - means that the track’s myriad components fuse together seamlessly. B-side "Sandwalk" provides a nice contrast, with a more house-oriented sound and a stuttered melody laced with popping bubbles of sound that undulate constantly, ebbing and flowing in multiple directions simultaneously with a fragmented vocal sample serving as a guidepost. Meanwhile, the Push Mix of "Other" gives the vocals a dub treatment while focusing on the housier components of the A-side. Meanwhile, the Push Mix of “Other” gives the vocals a dub treatment while focusing on the housier components of the A-side.
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