1605 is closes out the year with a new release from label boss UMEK.
In 2023, UMEK will be celebrating 30 years inside the music industry. To mark the special occasion, he returns to his roots with a remix of the track that – he says – first introduced him to techno and rave culture.
Quadrophonia are a duo of Dutch/Belgian artists at the forefront of European rave culture in the ’90s, and their self-titled track of the same name, “Quadrophonia”, broke into the top 40 in places like the UK.
Quadrophonia is one of the first electronic music tracks that UMEK cites as an early influence – deciding to go full circle by remixing it to celebrate three decades of his music career.
UMEK also released his first tracks in the ’90s after first becoming a DJ, and in that time, became one of the most beloved techno artists in the world. Not only boasting a successful DJ career, UMEK has also released music on some of the world’s biggest record labels ranging from Reinier Zonneveld’s Filth On Acid to Carl Cox’s Intec.
This two-track release features a new remix of Quadrophonia’s influential track by UMEK and a new version from the originators themselves.
First of the reworks comes from UMEK, who uses the breakdown section of his version to pay homage to the original, using its famed breakbeat to switch up from the 4/4 rhythm he uses for the percussion sections. The rework’s main groove has short snippets of the original’s vocal and dramatic synth chords layered over one of UMEK’s trademark grooves.
Quadrophonia’s version keeps more of the original’s old-school flavour, but switches things to a 4/4 groove with added intensity. The most distinctive part of the fast-paced melody is the lead synth which gives their remix a similar energy to UMEK’s.
You can pick up a copy of the release from HERE.