Welcome to 2021: Darkroom Dubs crack open their 18th year with a warm welcome to two new members to the roster… Santiago producer Alejandro Paz and Berlin duo Local Suicide with ‘Directions’, complete with remixes from Undo, DJs Pareja and Velax.
Cold, cutting edge and boasting a full-spectrum of sounds, there’s a slight irony to dropping a release called ‘Directions’ when none of us know where the hell we’re going right now. But we sure as hell know what we’re listening to. And boy do we love it.
As proved on previous collaborations between the two acts on labels such as Nein and Aeon, Alejandro’s weighty production dynamics and Local Suicide’s purring noir soul complement each other to the very last transient. Part new romantic, part techno, all dancefloor; each track is a story just as much as it’s a song. ‘Directions’ captures the frustrations and intensity of isolated life in the 21st century and ‘Splish Splash’ takes a provocative, playful stance with its acid house bass plunges and cosmic squiggles.
It’s loaded with a full range of heavyweight remixes from a rollcall of exceptional talent: Undo gets a slinky bass guitar in the mix, DJs Pareja get wonky and bumpy while Velax fuses more grit and intensity in his special Isolated remix. The world may continue to spin backwards but we know where we’re heading… And it’s artists like Alejandro Paz and Local Suicide who are helping us get there. Take care of each other.
02. Directions (Undo Remix)
03. Splish Splash
04. Splish Splash (DJs Pareja Remix)
05. Directions (Velax Remix)
BBC Radio 1, RTVE Radio 3, Beaub FM, RTVE Radio 3, Frisky FM, Radio Meuh, PLUG 99.7FM, Radio Tangra, ORF FM4, Hala Bedi,
Tsugi, LAGASTA, Soulplay, Whitelight Whiteheat,
Streaming Service Playlists:
Spotify: Beats Under, Latin New Releases, Disco Suicide, Nos gusta la música (de Febrero+Marzo) x Revolutio,
Selected Press Quotes:
“Dark wave vibes combined with pounding rhythms, analogue flavouring and velvety smooth enticing vocals lead you down a musical rabbit hole.”LAGASTA
“…dirty romantic sound, paired with sparkling electronica and dark nu disco vibes” FAZE
Selected DJ Feedback:
“Great stuff again” Sean Johnston
“Nice EP” Damon Jee
“This UNDO mix is Killer” Curses
“Directions is so hot and sweaty! love it!” Strapontin
Hanzo & Yaman, Strapontin, Curses, Peter Invasion, Javi Redondo, Maceo Plex, Jorkes, Damon Jee, Toto Chiavetta, Zillas On Acid, Echonomist, Sean Johnston, Super Drama, Vidis, Amarcord, John Digweed, Speaking Minds, Busy P, Pete Tong, Absurd, Jennifer Touch, Joyce Muniz, DJ Black Low, Man 2.0, Luix Bernardo, Of Norway, Extra Credit, The Real Escobar, Tech Support, Catz n Dogz, Terr, Skelesys, Sandrino, Max Pask, Niv Ast, Chloé, Smith Philipps, Günce Acı, Michael J. Allen, Mystery Affair, George Mihaly, Cubo,
DSP Coverage & Charts:
Beatport: Featured Releases Banner on Indie Dance Genre Page
Beatport: ‘Directions’ Indie Dance Genre Charts #82
Beatport: ‘Directions (Undo Remix)’ Indie Dance Hype 100 Tracks #25
Beatport: ‘Directions (Velax Isolated Remix)’ Indie Dance Hype 100 Tracks #74
Beatport: ‘Directions ‘ Indie Dance Hype 100 Tracks #81
Beatport: ‘Directions EP’ Indie Dance Release Charts #48
Pete Tong playing Undo’s remix on BBC Radio 1:
Busy P playing “Directions” for Brut.:
Curses playing Velax’s remix of “Directions” for HÖR Berlin: