Quadrophonia is a Dutch/Belgian duo of rave artists who in the early 90s dominated dance floors across the world. In 1991, the duo released the self-titled track “Quadrophonia” which became one of their seminal pieces of music that played a role in inspiring the next generation of electronic music makers.
One such artist inspired by that track was UMEK, who today, is an iconic DJ and producer at the forefront of the world’s techno scene; however, back then he was a youngster getting his first taste of electronic sounds. Fast forward three decades later, UMEK is about to celebrate his 30th-anniversary releasing music. He has also decided to remix the track that first inspired him, which is Quadrophonia’s track “Quadrophonia”.
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Alongside UMEK’s new remix of the track, the original artists have also got in on the action and produced a “Dark Dub” version that transforms their original into a modern techno banger.
Unsurprisingly, UMEK wastes no time getting into the groove with a pulsating bassline and thundering kick drum, laying a foundation for samples taken from the original version. The original’s rapped vocals are cut into shorter snippets and the synth chords are used to create drops and interlude sections. The breakdown switches to the original’s breakbeat percussion loop while building suspense for the kick to slam back in.
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The second track is Quadrophonia’s “Dark Dub” which strips out large sections of the rapped vocal and uses snippets to create a call and response between the different vocal samples. They also add an intense lead synth while dropping in a breakbeat section that builds tension.
All in all, the project is a great update to a classic track, and listeners can purchase Quadrophonia on Beatport and Apple Music as well as stream it on Spotify.
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