2018 Jul 11     
2 Bit Thugs

Argentinian producer Alejandro Rojas comes to the California-based label

There are cool summer vibes by the bucketload on this four-track EP by Argentinian producer Alejandro R, which features two original tracks plus remixes of the title track by Zed White and Rob Benninger.

The opener is the original mix of Deep Exchange, as premiered right here at iDJ last week - a slow, cool house track with an echoed female vocal sample, a smooth backbeat with a neat swung groove and sparse pads that add more emotion. It's the perfect poolside tune with its relaxed approach and emotive grooves. Then we have the Zed White Remix, which speeds up the tempo and turns it into a more club-friendly tune. This mix starts with a kick and bassline intro, then builds with an ominous sounding pad, muted male vocals and pronounced clicks into a groove-laden progressive houser with a burbling acid line, spacey synth riffs and a separate stabbed synth line for extra drama. Next comes the Rob Benninger Remix, which is slower and quite spaced-out but sounds good nonetheless, and finally you have the second track Slowly Disappear, another laidback affair with pianos, a deep bassline and stabbed synth chords.

All of the tracks are very polished and all have a summery shimmer, but the winners for me are the first two versions of Deep Exchange, with the Original a perfect summer chiller and the Zed White version a club-ready dancefloor destroyer.

Words: Danny Slade

Release date: 10 July



Review Score: 7




Tags: Alejandro R, Pangea Recordings, progressive house, deep house