The boy from Newcastle infuses tuff tech-house with some old-school piano action
Geordie-in-exile Cera Alba returns to Kerri Chandler's MadTech here with a release that should see plenty of peaktime play in the coming months.
In its Original form, '89 starts out sounding quite dark, with pounding 4/4s, a throbbing b-line that closely follows the drum pattern and echo-heavy synth atmospherics, but then halfway through brings in the light with a treated female "I just want more" vocal and a hands-in-the-air piano line that's vaguely reminscient of Nikita Warren's classic I Need You. The accompanying Dub ditches the vocal, takes longer to build and introduces a little roll to the drums, while the Montel Remix is one for the tuffer floors, with a gnarlier bassline, layers of noise/FX and rave-y breakbeat passages. Completing the EP is Solitary Nights, a tech-house workout for the small hours with a hint of tribal flavour.
The original takes the gold for yours truly but with its blend of contemporary and classic flavours, and its range of mixes, this should reach out to a lot of different floors this summer.
Words: Russell Deeks
Release date: 17 June (Beatport) / 1 July (general release)
Review Score: 8