Mark Knight & D. Ramirez - Colombian Soul EP
Label: Toolroom Trax
Catalog#: TRT 27
Format: Vinyl, 12", EP
Released: 11 Jun 2007
Style: Electro, Tech House, Minimal Prog
A1 Colombian Soul (8:03)
B1 System (6:35)
B2 Throb (7:19)
"Columbian Soul" is a deep dark number, heavy kicks and bass and a driving deep synth dominates the intro of this track while slowly elements build up. Constant looped chords then enter pitching itself up beat for beat as the bass filters out before breaking out into dirty synth madness. Echoed runs and highly driven keyboards enter followed on by hi-hats and lal of this works into a frenzy of nothingness which marks the breakdown. A sample run of pitched up wooden sounding plucks sound out soon incporating themselves into the beat. It's got to be mentioned that this track isn't a vocal but it'll devour any dancefloor and definitely get your feet moving, with its strong progression and dirty beats.
Next up is "System" which is far more of a percussion driven production but equally as devastating. The tight structure in this track really works to an advantage while the deep vocal "System" re-enforces the dark element in this track. Dirty synths and deep b-lines accompany the track while the track just continues to build. Blips and echoed effects give way to dark thumping percussive bliss while energetic melodies sound in taking the track to another level. Intensity is the key here and it can be best felt just past halfway in this track. Whatever this dangerous duo were planning with this, it paid off as this track is dark and dirty without sounding too much like other tracks that are around right now.
"Throb" is a dirty workout drowned in electro beats and "throb" vocal samples which are brought out in a variety of effects. A third way through the track is attacked by acid lines and that devastating little vocal sample run over moody beats and bass, but soon it builds back up and the beat comes back hard and fast. It's almost like a volcanic eruption, the lava on the boil and then that moment of still just before everything just goes crazy. This track has it all, electro elements, acid undertones, crazy vocal samples in all colours of the rainbow, and of course a rasping breakdown featuring a rather odd "mobile phone looped ringtone" sample.