As 2010 draws to a close, the time has come to unveil a very special release from Denis A and his Moscow-based DAR label. This is the third instalment in a series of remix releases for the label, and this time features legendary progressive house pioneers SPOOKY, who show they remain one of the most exciting acts around, with their reworking of Denis A’s ‘Beholder’ track, taken from the current Das Auge EP (DAR017).
This impressive package also showcases the remix talents of emerging UK talent – Scotty.A – his remix of Denis A’s ‘Heroin’ was the winning entry in the recent DAR remix competition on the excellent Dutch music site – www.laptoprockers.eu – so you can hear exactly why this outstanding young producer is definitely a talent to be watched closely during 2011. His extraordinary passion for music and dedication to his craft is certain to see his career soar in the coming months.
“I was hooked instantly when I first heard Heroin. At the time we just finished our remix contest with Eat Static, and Heroin was the perfect candidate for the next one. I was really happy Denis went along when we asked him. We got some really good mixes but the remix by Scotty.A is a clear winner, and deserves it to be included on DAR018.” – Peter Berger (Editor, Laptoprockers.eu)
Since its launch in 2006
It was in 1992 that Charlie May and production partner Duncan Forbes made their maiden voyage as Spooky. After meeting and becoming firm friends, they cut their first record for seminal progressive imprint Guerilla Records – â€˜Donâ€™t Panicâ€™. It was to prove highly influential in the futuristic new movement in dance music – progressive house – that took the rhythms of acid, and married them to aquatic depths of Detroit techno with overlays of ambient music, to create a fresh new hybrid.
Heralded as figureheads of the progressive house scene, Spooky cemented this by creating their sky strafing and ambitious long-player â€˜Gargantuanâ€™.
One of the first dance albums of its kind, this pinnacle album would go on to spawn a million sound-a-likes, establishing the production wizardry of Charlie May, whose tweaking and pitch-perfect ear was set to have a huge influence, both in front of and behind the scenes for Sasha.
Scotty.A has emerged in the last year as an outstanding producer. His first few productions have seen him recognised by the Global Underground label as well as Russian dj/producer Denis A.
Scotty began djâ€™ing in 1999 and over the following years started to gain local recognition appearing on line-ups for various events in his hometown whilst developing his own distinctive sound which can be recognised in his dj sets and productions today. Originally driven by the strong trance released in the late 90â€™s Scottyâ€™s sound has evolved to include elements of house, techno, electronica and progressive â€“ Scotty himself is keen to avoid being pinned down to only one genre, describing his sound as a hypnotic amalgamation of many different elements which take the listener on a unique journey. Scottyâ€™s enthusiasm for the music is apparent in his dj sets which has lead him to play at the world famous clubs Turnmills, Ministry of Sound and Pacha alongside names such as Dave Seaman, Danny Howells, Jimmy Van M and many others. You can currently catch Scotty and long-time dj collaborator Jumby playing regular sets at the legendary Electronic Sessions boat parties on the Thames in London.
Scotty first started to take a serious interest in producing his own tracks in Spring 2009, the quality of his work seemed to jump forward meteorically with each new track and in September 2009 his track â€œUnderestimatedâ€ was announced as the unanimous winner of a Global Underground bedroom producer competition sponsored by Mixmag & BoxFresh Clothing. Scotty has since had a production signed to Miami based label Aquasounds. Most recently his remix of Denis Aâ€™s track â€œHeroinâ€ won the www.laptoprockers.eu DAR remix competition, with Denis currently supporting some of Scottyâ€™s other tracks in his live sets and podcasts.
As well as continuing to dj whenever possible Scotty is unrelenting in the studio, constantly working on new tracks, remixes and bootlegs for his dj sets and continually developing and defining his own sound. With interest from labels, producers, fellow djâ€™s and most importantly the crowds at his live gigs Scotty A is surely set to be an prominent figure in the future of electronic music.
1. DENIS A – BEHOLDER (SPOOKY REMIX)
2. DENIS A – HEROIN (SCOTTY.A REMIX)
12″ Vinyl Release: 20/12/10
Beatport Exclusive: 10/01/11
Full Digital Release: 07/02/11