This latest release on the FFA label was made by a DJ from the northern part of France. Most people think of housy, groovy stuff when people talk about EDM from France, but that's not really the case here.. Read on to find out what we're dealing with here!
The label on the vinyl states that the Pure Harlequin remix (which is already being played by Johan Gielen) was made by Mr. Sam and Dimitri Andreas (whom you might know from the mighty Black Hole label), while the original Revelations was made by Jerome, Dimitri and Mr. Sam. The B-side track 'Nova' has been produced by Jerome and Dimitri to complete the confusion ;).
Dimitri and Sam's style can be defined as energetic techtrance, so let's see if they are continuing their tradition..
A-side: Revelations (Pure Harlequin Remix)
A bunch of percs, some cool bongo effects and a tight clap serve as the intro for this groovy, more techno-oriented track. The main kick and bassline soon emerge, with the bassline being a simple set of notes playing along with the other elements. Nothing too special until now, though the tiny vocal samples which are being used throughout the build do give the track just a bit of extra feeling. A mini-break appears along the way, techno-ing everything just a bit up with that trademark filtering build of the percussion. More and more FX get added, just until the main break part comes in. A deep, whooshy sounding bass is what is hearable first, being accompanied by the vocals we heard during the build-up. This is also where the main 'theme' is introduced: a Japanese sounding sample, playing a very simple, yet kind of effective melody. It gets boosted a bit by bringing in a more energetic version of the notes, causing the percussion and bassline to kick in, creating a groovy climax. This is not your standard type of track: you could define it as techno, but it's not really that because of the more trancy approach during the break. The vocals give the whole thing a kind of groovy feeling, so we'll just call this groovy techtrance then.
B1: Revelations (Original)
It is instantly hearable that this original mix sounds alot like the remix on the A side (or the other way around). The bongo's, the kick and most of the percussion sound exactly the same, but the big difference is the structure of the track: the build-up is alot shorter, and the main Japanese melody is being introduced way before the main break part. Some background FX are different as well, but it's still hard to notice any more differences. The break itself uses a similar system as the remix: the theme gets introduced once again, a bit of a build-up appears, after which the climax kicks in. I don't have much more to say about this one, it just sounds too much like the A-side.
B-tracks always tend to get overlooked by the audience, let's see if this one can stand out of the rest. A fast build-up with a cool whompy bass sound guides us right into the vibe of this track. Some vocal snippets are being used as well, being accompanied by some repeating synths every few patterns. As in alot of techno tracks, the build just goes on and on, with more and more percs and tiny FX coming in for us not to lose attention. A while later, the breakdown enters, in which a spooky synth guides us through the vox we heard before. A synth from the build-up comes in, and stabs in a few notes every now and then. The filtered percussion wizardry is used again, but it doesn't really help in making this track something I would clearly remember in 2006. I see why they put this on side B2: the other tracks on this vinyl are just a bit better.
All in all a decent release on the FFA label. The Pure Harlequin Remix and the original mix for 'Revelations' just sound too much alike, with the remix being the stronger one of the two. Cool builds, a nice break and an original use of the melody are the ingredients to make this track stand out a bit. 'Nova' on side B didn't really catch my attention: of course it's decent, but it tends to get a little too repetitive sometimes. If you like some melodic techno-influenced tracks, be sure to check this one out.