Sunday, September 27, 2020

Lab4-Concept Of Love (Retro Futurism Remix)


Hard dance act "Lab4", consisting of Adam Newman and Les Elston have had their fair share of the spotlight throughout the years. The UK act was formed in 1994 and since then they have gone on to produce a plethora of singles and a few artist albums at that. One of their biggest hits was without a doubt "Concept Of Love" which fared mighty well in the land of the far East and was even championed by hard dance icon "Yoji Biomehanica, who loved it so much that he even provided a remix of his very own back then. Looking back at it all the duo believed the time had come for a revival of this classic, reworking it to their heart's content and bringing up to speed for the year 2020. These guys certainly knew what the public desired and gave us a brand new "Concept Of Love 2020 (Retro Futurism Remix)".

 This new remix contains the true feel of the original, keeping the spirit alive while expanding the notion at hand. Female and male one liners are thrown within in good measure while the raw energy roars on, as the insatiable leads trample upon anything and anyone that lies in their path. Expect an extra dosage of upbeat drama and theatrics which build and build making it nearly impossible for anyone on the dance floor to remain still.

 Hard dance at its finest, completely revived and revamped for our era. These guys have done it again. "Lab4" continues to be a force to be reckoned with within the scene as they take on the role of educators, teaching us about the elaborate and elusive concept of love.

Released: 31/8/2020






Thursday, September 17, 2020

Johan Gielen-Balearic Reflection [Coldharbour Recordings]

Trance maestro "Johan Gielen", known for his incredible performances over the years at some of the finest events and steady stream of sublime releases under his own name as well as his known partnership with fellow DJ/Producer "Svenson" under the "Svenson & Gielen" outfit has become something of a living legend in the scene. 

 Our heart skips a beat when news of a fresh "Johan Gielen" release is underway. It has arrived at last and is out now on fellow artist "Markus Schulz's" label, "Coldharbour Recordings". This is the second outing for Johan on the label, his first being his incredulous take on classic "Perception" by Markus featuring the illustrious vocals of singer/songwriter "Justine Suissa". This new release is called "Balearic Reflection" and it could not be more appropriately named as we all shall discover for ourselves. 

Lush dreamy melodies, soft Latin percussion and a curious serenade of male and female chants which appear to be competing for their own space, ultimately come together quite rhythmically. The sound of chirping sea birds flood the air amongst moving basslines further enhancing the atmosphere within. Magical moments unfold as the sun's daily journey comes to an end, setting over the tranquil, undisturbed waters where one and all have come to marvel at the undeniable beauty of the extraordinary palette of colors on the ever expanding horizon. A feeling of inner peace, satisfaction and release stirs within us all as we unplug from the toxic habits and fast paced tones of society. 

An experience that will awaken your inner self courtesy of Johan who has brought us all along to the magical island of Ibiza, one of the gems of the country of Spain. This "Balearic Reflection" will live on and resonate with us all for quite a spell.

Released: 21/8/2020

Label: Coldharbour Recordings 

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Blufeld-Radical (Album Review)



One of the UK's most innovative producers is without a doubt David Hearn, an artist that goes by the name "Blufeld". A true lover of the electronic sound, he has spent countless days, months and ultimately years perfecting his sound. Highly distinguished for his take on modern dance music, he certainly brings a breath of fresh air into the scene. Like a fine craftsman of old he spares no expense in forging and harnessing each beat, all the while adding that extra bit of flair that will separate him from the pack. His surgical precision of sound sculpting has undoubtedly taken him thus far. From debut artist album "All I Ever Knew" to "A World Less Ordinary" he has guided us along musical escapades traveling through unknown lands. 

It is with great pleasure that I may now sit down and unravel his fresh artist album "Radical" exclusively for "MusicTalk" and for all of you my dear readers. Sit back, relax and let's dive deep into this glorious new album.


The title track of the album is what one may come to expect. It serves as a luscious intro to what lies ahead. Imagine crystal like sounds, retro basslines and robotic vocals intertwined between a fusion of 80's disco percussion re-imagined for 2020.

"8 Bit Boy In A Retro World":

Carrying on from the previous number, this 8 Bit Boy ups the pace sending us straight to a freshly illuminated dance floor where disco balls gleam and the world comes together in unison. Joyous melodies, retro grooves and a nod to "New Order" courtesy of David's vocal talent. Brilliant.


Squelchy sounds, hypnotic melodies and sturdy basslines send us to a time when things were a tad simpler and the world was much brighter. As the title itself demonstrates this is a trip down memory lane for the artist and a whole generation. Captivating and mystifying tune that draws you ever inwards to the core of its essence.

"Our Kinda Style":

Quirky, frisky beats and playful percussion moves our ever curious minds while those groovy vocals enhance the celebratory atmosphere furthermore. A joyous escape from the problems of everyday life as we all embrace, dancing under the inviting open sky.

"Supersonic Highway":

A clever use of a video game sounding synth, which invokes the feeling of speed paired up with frenetic leads, steady basslines and a too fast for you approach from the vocalist literally sends us soaring along a virtual supersonic highway. Retro meets the future, leaving us with an adrenaline overdose.

"This Is How We Dance":

Slapback bass and feisty percussion get things brewing while enigmatic sounds and effects pop out like groundhogs through the fresh soil while sheer, ethereal melodies break out into the open alongside happy go lucky vocals. This will totally yank you out of those days of feeling blue.

"Von Kling Bis Klang":

German by name, darker by nature. This one has a load of rich tones lined up amongst darker, shady undertones. Vocoded effects gradually glide upon a buildup of emotional tinged layers while a sense of melancholy looms throughout the track. Something to ponder about when getting lost within those deep beats.

"AI For Your Imagination":

An amalgam of retro grooves with a futuristic approach. Mysterious, slightly bleak yet simultaneously hopeful. The vocals add to the emotional puzzle one has laid out before him or her. Is the future bright and wondrous or would we rather go back in time?

"For One Good Reason":

Darker grooves lay the foundation for blossoming melodies, as the percussion adds a feeling of one walking along a dark pathway while the silvery moon rays shine down upon the sidewalk, drawing peculiar shapes. A number of synths add the wow factor to this as they appear to try to communicate with us while the vocalist follows suit. Addictive and memorable.

"Back In Time":

Sound effects from classic video games sprinkle an extra bit of flavor to this one while magical melodies flood the airwaves. A guitar riff segment emerges sealing the deal in bringing forth that 80s trademark sound of yesteryear while David wails on sending us literally back in time. The longing for an era long gone is evident.

"Night Mode":

Totally captures the title from the very first moment. The listener can already imagine themselves walking down empty streets, marveling at the many lights of the city, while looking up the galactic brightness of the twinkling stars. Mystifying, cosmic sounds with a retro twist unfold. Luminous yet dark and wonderful. As David clearly states "We are in night mode!"


Lush sounds bounce into lively emotional soundscapes full of feeling, longing and majestic, rich textures of sound. A perfect closing piece for this magical journey that "Blufeld" has taken us on.

A bold move from an artist that risks it all going the distance and will ultimately determinate his fate in our scene. I for one applaud his effort and believe that this kind of ingenuity, creativity and straight forward thinking is what the scene needs. Welcome to the radical new world courtesy of "Blufeld". You are all in for a grand surprise!

Release Date: 19/10/2020

Label: Soluna Music