Recently FooBoi covered Stubby, a track by Mat Zo & Tyler Michaud. After catching wind of our review, Tyler was kind enough to send over one of his newly released tracks with Manuel de la Mar which we are happy to announce is a trance gem. This remix, dubbed a “trance rehash”, takes Moonbeam’s First Night and transforms it, maintaining every element of the original while improving almost every aspect. The beat is thumpier and more entrancing, Blackfeel Wite’s hypnotic vocal track has slightly more reverb and a nice delay adding a breathier, more spacious sound, and the extra added effects combine nicely to infuse this track with just the right amount of energy to keep you listening for hours. My only slight criticism is that I would have liked a bit more variety and a more pronounced drop after the second mainly-vocal section. However, I don’t mind too much, in this case. Why? Wite’s voice sounds like he’s downright tired and exhausted. Combined with the lyrics and overall feel of the track, it almost makes sense that the drop isn’t stronger there.
Though I only recently became acquainted with Tyler’s work myself, he has been gathering a strong following while cementing his foothold in the dance music industry. He draws his inspiration from a wide array of styles ranging from melodic techno, rock, & metal, to electronica, trance, and dirty electro. It’s probably due to this massive pool of genres that Tyler’s music consistently is well-rounded, exciting, and distinct. We’re looking forward to hearing more from this talented producer in 2010 and beyond! Having already released an impressive set of tracks on numerous top electronic music labels including Tiesto’s Black Hole, Paul Van Dyk’s Vandit Records, Armin Van Buuren’s Armada Recordings, and several other major commercial and independent music imprints, we have high expectations. But we’re sure that, as always, he’ll deliver in style.
Manuel de la Mar is a bit more of an enigma. I was pretty unsuccessful in my search for information on this DJ/producer, including coming across this DJ mag interview with one of his labels, 303lovers which was pretty lacking, if I do say so myself. There’s also no date on the post so I can’t even tell when it was published. Sigh. Anyway, if you know more about this guy please send us some info. We’d love to learn more.