Ever since dance legend Mark Sherry decided to unleash his own ‘Tech Trance Revolution‘ with the beginnings of his own label of Outburst Records four months ago, he has transitioned from passionate producer to fathering mentor, as his label has brought about a new wave of insatiably hungry Trance producers waiting to prove their own might with their own brand of bone crunching Trance. Since the release of his massive Remixes EP of his classic single entitled Live And Learn by Joint Operations Centre and Alex Di Stefano, he has since utilized the label for artists to unleash their evil side, such as Alex Di Stefano‘s transformation from Techno Producer to a hybrid between Tech and Techno, (with his storming releases of I’ve Got The Power, Live And Learn and Dark Purple). Additionally, Sherry has also utilized Outburst Records for an outlet to host fresh, new producers in the scene such as Kris Morton, Gordon Bates and Aimoon. While his primary label has been smashing it throughout the Trance community, his passionate love for Techno and the olden days of BXR has spawned the creation of his belter Techno sublabel entitled Techburst Records, where the power and energy reaches mainstage levels while keeping things deliciously dark and sadistic. While supported a more traditional Techno release with Alex Di Stefano on Ironclad, (with an awesome, gritty remix by Spektre), he has also featured newcomers such as Shelly with his singles of Killa and Talk About Drums, as well as featured iconic Techno producers such as Cave DJz with Module 555, (with remixes by Ortin Cam and Mark Greene). After the release of his remixes pack on Outburst Records with his classic single of Here Comes The Drums, (with Sean Tyas and Harmonic Rush), he now unleashes the single to a slew of Techno remixes by the legendary likes of Pedro Delgardo, Dualitik and Gene Karz.
1. Mark Sherry vs. Dr. Willis- Here Comes The Drums (Dualitik & Pedro Delgardo Remix)
Within the Techno realm, Dualtik has been a fiery new name in the scene for the last couple years, as his explosive remixes to Maximus Bellini‘s Phoenix Contact and Axel Karakasis‘ Hang Up has been supported by the likes of Simon Patterson on BBC Radio One and Indecent Noise on his 50th episode of Radio Bosh. Of course, Pedro Delgardo is a name that doesn’t need any introduction, as his legendary DJ skills and passionate Yin Yang label has been a vital part for many Trance artists to ease their insatiable Techno craving. While this special remix is a collaboration between these mighty talents, it isn’t their first joint outing, as they have collaborated before on their single of Tknofilia and their remix to A.Paul‘s Mindgame. However, these two powerhousers have a dynamic blend of sounds and textures that seem to smoothly connect with each other, and one can clearly notice both of their sounds within the same track. Quite simply, their abilities work well together, and their remix to Here Come The Drums smashes it both on the dubby side as well as the energetic side. Featuring a wickedly sinister rolling bassline, their synergistic remix is both paired down and relentless, as the combination between offhand textures, screaming lasers, cut off vocals, blippy synth stabs and deliciously vibrant arpeggio strokes give the track an unusually animated personality while still keeping the core of Techno the main focal point of the piece. The breakdown pulls in rollicking, futuristic synth lines that crunch, while the familiar melodic line sweeps in with the repeated mention of the track’s main vocal cues. The second half is where these two go all out, as brutal synth strikes slash through bloody basslines as the onset of fat Techno hi-hats intensify the entire arrangement to an even further degree.
2. Mark Sherry vs. Dr. Willis- Here Comes The Drums (Gene Karz Remix)
Sherry himself stated on Facebook that Techno monster Gene Karz was “one of the best newcomers of the Techno scene“, and we couldn’t agree more with the powerful streak of fire that he’s been leaving behind in his recent releases. He’s an artist that can bang out a remix within a couple days of work, and the level of output with his singles and releases that he’s been publishing has been almost been too staggering to count. Within the last 3 months alone, he has released singles such as Bad Santa, Drom, Mars, Ales, Karma, Fright; collaborations such as Neptune with Lia Organa and Forms & Shapes with Matt Mus; and a boatload of remixes ranging from Alen Milivojevic, Darmec, Diction, Steve Shaden, Conjunct, Shane Fontane and more. His sound varies between futuristic, intelligent Techno cuts, groovy Tech House induced projects and brutal, German style Techno that crushes listeners upon the tip of impact. For his remix to Here Comes The Drums, his chose to implement the latter half of his abilities, as his rendition throws all semblances of subtlety away and instead focus on brute, swarthy strength through colossal basslines and minimal instrument arrangements. This is as industrial as it gets, as the knife slicing hi-hats, rising synths and atmospheric nuances provide a slight contrast to the dominating basslines. In addition, necessary blippy accompaniments, bellowing elephant horns and pounding factory sounds add excitement and fire to the mix, and transitions itself well into the breakdown. With demonic voicings permeating the entire dome of the track’s inner essence, the haunting vocals of “Here Comes The Drums” slams it into hell with a demonically dark and sinister soundscape where light has no meaning or cause within the dark, voidless maw that is Gene Karz.
Both Gene Karz and Dualitik & Pedro Delgardo mixes of Mark Sherry‘s Here Comes The Drums is out now on Techburst Records via Beatport, so make sure you purchase a copy and support real talent!
Keep the music alive. -Q
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