The Next Step (Extended & Pepe's remix) & Bluer Than Blue (Extended & Mr. G remix)
After a brief lockdown-prompted hiatus - Duncan Forbes and his new 49North imprint, return for their 3rd outing... a 4-track EP, made up of 2 DF originals and a remix of each. One from the universally revered UK House & Techno don, Mr. G; and the other courtesy of Pépe - without doubt one of the most in-demand artists on the underground right now.
The neon-lit, analogue House of 'Bluer Than Blue' kicks things off - it's liquid melodies and propulsive rhythm reeling you right in from the get-go.
'The Next Step' meanwhile, is a vast and sonoros, breakbeat-driven beast - chocked full of otherworldly atmosphere and an alluring sense of the mystical.
Close pal and DF collaborator - Mr. G, then takes the shimmering, multi-color heart of 'Bluer Than Blue' and distills it down into one super-tight, bare-bones, swing-loaded roller; topped off with a seductive whispered vocal, skating rides and a perfectly-poised low-end lead.
That is before Pépe wraps things up with his unique spin on 'The Next Step'; for which he keeps the signature mood more or less intact - but brings a more euphoric, wide-eyed optimism to proceedings, as well as an inspired ethereal-meets-junglist central character.
Written & produced by Duncan Forbes
Recorded in Green Island
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All artwork & video by Matthew le Maistre Smith © 2021