Despite being one of the newest additions to the scene, Research & Development has managed to keep me interested pretty much continuously, even after the release dates of previous EPs have gone by. After some great packages from DeCode and Chris Voro, R&D brings forth a mysteriously melodic psy trancer from label boss John Dopping, joined by distinctively structured reworks from Chris Voro and John & Alan’s Research & Development alias. Let’s take a closer look at what’s inside the EP.
Judging by the releases thus far, John has made it pretty clear that experimentation is at the core of his approach to production, a fact that’s obvious in his newest track, The Truth. The quirky blend of melodic snippets, vocal chops and various other FX give an interesting look into the deeper layers of the trance, as the track effortlessly flows towards its enigmatic breakdown. Surreal pads and a different set of vocal chops imprint a near orchestral feel to the break, with ominous atmospheres reminiscent of some prog-era classics like Cass & Slide’s Perception or Sasha’s Xpander.
It’s not aggressive, but it’s no slouch either, it’s merely as fast as it needs to be. Great original from John.
Chris Voro Remix
I’ve made it very clear in the past that Chris Voro is the one who got me to enjoy psy-breaks, and by the looks of it, he’s done it again. You would think a more pronounced snare or base would take away from the mysterious nature of the original, but that’s not quite the case. If anything, the multi-faceted approach of this rework only serves to prove that Chris does know his breaks. And speaking of breaks, the breakdown in his rework is definitely one of the highlights of this EP.
You know how this is, if you don’t believe me, you’re more than welcome to check it out. And yes, it’s totally that good.
Research & Development Mix
Rounding off the trio of mixes from R&D nr.3 is John and Alan’s very own Research & Development Mix which, if you’re familiar with their reheat of Bedrock’s classic, should make you notice some similarities between the two. By similarities I mean a slightly more emphasized baseline, and a generally heavier and crisper arrangement that is nothing but beneficial to the source material. In fact, those changes have had quite a big impact, securing the R&D mix’s place among my favourites. Very, very good.
John Dopping‘s The Truth EP is coming exclusively to a Beatport near you on March 2nd. Two weeks later, on March 16th you’ll be able to get it from other digital download places you might be a bigger fan of. Check out the samples and support the artist if you enjoy what you hear. 🙂
Beatport Exclusive: 02.03.2015 | General Release: 16.03.2015
Country: UK / Style: Melodic Psy-Trance, Psy-Breaks / Year: 2015 / Label: Research & Development
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