Friday, 11 March 2011

Tom Middleton - Gliding

Tom Middleton GlidingSomething of a coup for Leigh Morgan's Urban Torque imprint here, as they sign up a veteran master of all things deep to show the youngsters how it's done.

There's three very different mixes to choose from. The original Liquatech Mix of Gliding comes on like the deepest of Detroit techno gone Balearic, or maybe like Hybrid-style prog-breaks set to an 808 kick, or… dunno, it's hard to describe really but it's good, a proper driftaway delight. According to the hype sheet, "Tom and [partner-in-crime] Lars have christened this style 'liquatech' as it fuses the best of the deep end of D&B productions with refined deep/tech house grooves. A connoisseur's blend." Yeah, something like that.

Then there's the Shur-I-Kan Remix, which is more your straight-up deep house/deep garage affair… you could play this alongside Victor Simonelli's early 90s work and it'd sound perfectly at home, which is praise indeed coming from me*. And then finally, there's the D&B Mix, which is a rolling, hi-octane liquid affair that's more of an obvious reflection on what Tom's been listening to lately.

What's truly remarkable is that whichever mix you go for, all three are equally impressive. The force is clearly strong in this old Jedi Knight yet!

Out: This week

About: Tom Middleton you really shouldn't need me to tell you about. But in case you do… I'll let Wikipedia do it. As for Urban Torque – top label, top boys, find 'em online at their website and Soundcloud. And on Facebook, MySpace and Twitter as well but I'm not sitting here posting links all morning.

* Way back in the mid-90s, I used to do the club guide for Kiss 102 in Manchester and I seem to recall describing Victor Simonelli as 'God' on air once. Sorry, God. Please don't burn me.

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