Changing things up a bit, Academik's second EP veers into techno territory with the contagious vibe of 'Circuitflu'.
The original mix is a mutant hybrid of minimal techno fused with hints of clever IDM, courtesy of Dallas-based electro/techno DJ, Vibelung (aka Jimmy Freer). With 'Circuitflu', Freer's approach to minimal blends clever robot voices with pounding 808-style kicks and a synth riff that evokes the Knight Rider theme without reeking of irony or litigation.
Francis Prève's reinterpretation of 'Circuitflu' turns up the boom with his infectious brand of techno, gene-spliced with a strand of DNA from the better strains of electro. Starting with a handclap-heavy dark groove reminiscent of classic Peace Division, Prève's remix builds to a massive peak that bounces and throbs its way into one of Preve's trademark rising leads. The result is a big room monster that's guaranteed to pack summer floors both at peak-time and after-hours.
Here's what DJs are saying about the Circuitflu EP:
"Simple and quirky.. Francis Prève remix for me." - Blake Jarrell
"Francis' remix does it for me." - MC Flipside
"Both tracks are great!! Will play both at different times. THANKS!" - Jan van Lier
"I love this release! Will definitely be supporting both mixes." - William A
"Cool Francis Mix!" - Sean Tyas
"Like the energetic Francis Prève mix." - DJ Ron (About.com)
"The Original takes the sounds on a minimal journey whereas the Preve Remix gets your innards rumbling from the kick and bass groove all the while keeping the funk. Solid!" - Jason Jenkins (Hypersonic.com)
As with all Academik releases, the Circuitflu EP includes individual audio tracks as part of the full album download, so producers and DJs can remix and remake the track according to their own vision.
Academik's debut release arrives in the form of William A's new single, "Alpha".
With a package that includes festival-tested, crowd-approved remixes from Josh Gabriel and Sentinels - this release covers everything from sweat-drenched small rooms to massive arenas.
Here's what some of the world's top DJs are saying about "Alpha":
"'Alpha'" has been rocking out sets for months!!" - Gabriel & Dresden
"Sentinels remix is slamming." - MC Flipside
"Very nice first release...JG remix for me." - Blake Jarrell
"Nice one, thnx good luck." - Guy J
"Just the right shade of prog. Nice." - Dan Tait
Following up on the success of his recent remix for Dave Seaman & Josh Gabriel's "Vorahnung", William A returns with another slice of progressive tech. His latest single, "Alpha", artfully blends stellar chord stabs, swinging beats and a bittersweet melody, crescendoing to a dark energetic peak before returning the listener safely to earth.
Josh Gabriel's reinterpretation of "Alpha" rockets the groove to Warp 10 while the original's signature chords whirl around in its orbit, culminating in a powerful breakdown that will send even the most jaded crowd into euphoric hyperspace. This remix has become a staple on Gabriel & Dresden's current tour and is poised to be an essential part of intelligent progressive and trance sets this summer.
Rounding out the package is the debut of Sentinels - a collaboration between tech guru Francis Prève, and Texas techno newcomer, Billy Jay. Their remix is a muscular romp that takes the musical essence of the original and fuses it with punchy beats and pulse-pounding bass, culminating in a massive peak that will launch tech house audiences to new heights.
As Academik's first release, William A's "Alpha" is a bold new step into prog-tech territory.