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Durtysoxxx – Streamates [ Ballroom ]

Artist: Durtysoxxx
Title: Streammates
Remixers: Kaiser Souzai, DJ Lion
Label: Ballroom
Releas Date: 5 November 2018
Cat #: BLRM045
Format: Digital

Tracklist
Steamates (Original Mix)
Steamates (Kaiser Souzai Remix)
Steamates (DJ Lion Remix)

Anyone who's listened to Ballroom Records' output from the past while will know all too well that this is a label that doesn't take half measures when it comes to churning out uncompromising techno. Their latest is a fine indication of what we're talking about, and comes at us from Michael Ly aka Durtysoxxx.

The US native is enjoying a fine time of it of late, and aside from repping Deep 'n' Dance at ADE this year, he'll also be throwing it down at a number of west-side warehouses over the coming months. His debut release for Ballroom, 'Streamates' sees him bring the heat in a manner that DJs from the harder side of the spectrum will definitely appreciate.

Opening the release is the sounds of the title track. A rough and ready dancefloor destroyer, it's a high BPM battle weapon that will doubtless go down a treat in the hands of similarly-inclined DJs such as Nicole Moudaber and Adam Beyer. A techno treat that's laced with personality, it gets us underway in auspicious fashion.

it's then up to label head Kaiser Souzai to provide the first of the remixes, a task he completes with exactly the sort of flair we've come to expect from him over the years. His take on the original is a hearty, full-blooded one that takes no prisoners. With a weight groove lingering throughout, it too plays out like a true delight, before the EP's closing salvo, DJ Lion's remix enters the fray. A truly hypnotic and stirring journey, it serves up a tantalising interpretation of the original. A truly madcap offering with hints of old-school rave sounds at its core, it keeps us guessing from the first beat to the last. Majestic stuff all round.

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