AWAY 001 – Christian Vance – Mustang EP
Berlin’s Away Music imprint extends a warm welcome here with its debut release, a label inspired by the spirit of the ‘Away’ series of parties they’ve taken from Berlin to Barcelona, with a launch release from compatriot Christian Vance. Fuelled by an uncompromising ethos that will see the EP self-distributed via a limited run of 350 vinyl copies, Vance is supported on ‘AWAY Music 001’ by remixes from Nuno Dos Santos and label bosses Discrete Circuit themselves.
Lead record ‘Mustang FM’ offers the perfect example of Vance’s polished production talents, a groove-driven techno number that simmers with a Midwestern pulse around the edges. The grittiest of the offerings you’ll find on this EP, it’s propelled by the twisted riff at its center, around which Vance skillfully deploys a cast of hi-hats to compliment his bouncy percussion.
Meanwhile, Label bosses Discrete Circuit turn the dial up on the metallic techno with their remix, taking the riff from Vance’s original and twisting it in all manner of dark and unexpected directions, adding another dimension to this versatile release.
For his A2 offering, Vance summons a captivating mix of sinister vibes and shimmering melodies with ‘Don’t Be Like That’. Built on the foundation of a heavy bass growl, it’s a big room record that’s both metallic and sexy, icy and groovy. On remix duties, Nuno Dos Santos retains the icy melodies and basslines of Vance’s original, working it into a sexier house groove.
‘AWAY Music 001’ is the first in a series of releases that will, like the parties that inspired the label, fuse the creative vibrancy of Berlin with the soul of Detroit. Stay tuned.