Phil Taylor – Tabula Rasa

Phil Taylor - Tabula Rasa

Phil Taylor – Tabula Rasa

Come next Monday, Phil Taylor‘s first solo outing on Monster Force will at last see the light of day.

Last year, Phil & Matt (as Bowdidge & Taylor) released As It Should Be and Sidewinder, under the now retired Monster Digital imprint. This year, Phil decided a solo Monster Force release is in order, so Tabula Rasa was made.

It’s no secret that in this last year ‘techlifting’ has become a pretty popular stylistic choice for producers. It provides a nice middle ground for those who want tech trance, but would also enjoy a very melodic break / build. Perhaps not surprisingly, Tabula Rasa follows this same structure.

The prominent base line, really big kicks and a strong acid component in the initial parts are gradually replaced by more and more melodic elements as the breakdown draws ever nearer. The break, or hook, or however else you want to call it, has this ‘modern’ trance sound nailed. Vocal chops, really big synth line and plenty of pads, create this almost surreal atmosphere, prepping the scene for what’s next. As the build advances, the tech side seeps back in, and the two styles finally merge at the track’s anthem point.

I’ve said it many times before, and I’ll say it as many times as I need to: for me, a good breakdown is essential for my enjoyment of a track.  The good news is, Tabula Rasa delivers brilliantly on that.

This tech and uplifting hybrid is headed for an October 20th Beatport release. Click play below and see for yourself what all the fuss is about.

Beatport release: 20.10.2014

Country: UK / Style: Techlifting / Year: 2014 / Label: Monster Force*

*Part of the Monster Tunes group.

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