‘Electrique Boutique’, has been meticulously curated and crafted throughout the past year by Steve Marx, a highly respected and in demand Sydney based dj with decades of experience playing around the world, and an integral part of onedotsixtwo’s A&R and management team. He has enlisted the talents of a wide spectrum of producers from across the globe, both established and up and coming, to contribute exclusive and previously unreleased material which he has expertly selected and mixed to form a unique and dynamic mix bursting with energy and individuality.
onedotsixtwo’s mantra is ‘Proper Progressive’ and there is no better advocate than Steve Marx for this. Using his innate understanding of the progressive sound he has compiled a stunning collection of tracks from a diverse group of immensely talented producers, a number of which were created specifically for the compilation.
Nick Newman’s ‘Oracle’ sets the scene perfectly with it’s deep rolling groove and haunting pipes, giving way to veteran Belfast producer Chris Cargo’s ‘Wolfie’, setting the tone for what is undoubtedly going to be a wild ride. Next up, Buenos Aires’ Santi Cebrero’s ‘El Canto de la Calandria’ brings the Argentinean progressive flavour into the mix with it’s beautiful soaring melodies and chugging bassline.
The recent hotbed for the progressive sound, Sri Lanka, has given us SAJAY and the stunning ‘Pareidolia’ with it’s sweeping and warped FX, carried forward by a deep rolling bassline and shimmering melodies. Australia’s Zankee Gulati is up next with one of a number of the tracks written specifically for this mix compilation. Zankee has seen a meteoric rise in the past year thanks to universally praised releases on highly respected labels and his track ‘Who Are You?’ demonstrates exactly why with it’s laidback but powerful groove, euphoric melodies and muted, yet wildly infectious vocal hook.
Now the mix comes into full flow with a duo of Argentine duos back to back, both also with tracks produced specifically for this compilation. First up, Analog Jungs’ ‘Saturnia’ takes us into orbit with a tight galloping kick and razor sharp shakers underpinned by a swooping bassline, sublime keys and a topline with enough energy to power a city. Fellow countrymen Oliver & Tom take the reins next with ‘Skyscraper’, a stunningly crafted piece that soars effortlessly and drives with intent simultaneously.
The suspenseful and percussive beauty of ‘Sweet Melancholy’ from Colombia’s Zalvador gels effortlessly into the hypnotic and atmospheric ‘Lockdown’ by Russia’s Rise & Fall. Steve Marx then turns the dial back up to 11 with another Argentinean injection of power from Cordoba’s Ivan Aliaga and his beast of a track ‘Mysterious Stranger’. The penultimate track on this outstanding mix compilation comes from Missouri’s Will DeKeizer who’s masterful and emotive ‘Karma’ demonstrates perfectly why he is a name to watch this coming year. Last but not least by any means, and very fittingly, we head back to Sydney, Australia with Balad and his ethereal opus ‘Day and Night’ to close out this progressive masterclass.