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The next EP on Moon Harbour is one that continues to usher in a new wave of contemporary talent to the label. It finds Cuartero hook up with wAFF, as well as contribute a solo track, then get remixed by Patrick Topping and Hector Couto. It will be the Spaniard’s second release on the label following last year’s Don’t Kill My Vibe EP, a collaboration with Sabb.
Cuartero has released on labels like Kittball as Noir and ViVA and is a revered producer and selector of infectious and groove driven tech house. He has been a big hit at Sankeys Ibiza all summer, whilst partner in crime here, wAFF, is a UK producer and DJ who has serve up bombs on Cocoon and Hot Creations as well as being a resident at DC10. Remixer Patrick Topping also releases on ViVA and one won two Ibiza DJ Awards this year, namely Best Newcomer and Track of the Season, and finally Hector Couto is another Spaniard excelling in both the booth and the studio right now.
First up is Cuartero & wAFF’s groove driven ‘Break A Sweat’. It is riddled with rich, round bass and compelling, fluttering snares lines and tons of inventive, non-standard sounds. Various spoken word and yelping vocals add a sense of party to the groove; whilst some trippy sounds and kinetic drum fills add ever more energy to the sure-to-be anthemic track.
Hotter than hot Patrick Topping tackles the remix and does so by layering in a hooky bassline that rolls and rolls forever. He also drops in fantastically dangling hands-in the-air melodies, ravey sounds and bird calls and uses his filters expertly well to keep on pulling you further into the track.
Cuartero then goes solo with ‘Trouble in Paradise’, a shuffling tech house track with muffled voices, radiant synths and a gentle patter of toms that really makes your limbs get loose. Perfectly constructed for places like the DC10 dancefloor, it also comes with a remix Hector Couto that strips things back to a simple but effective boom bap groove, burrowing bassline and infectious finger click pattern that will ignite any DJ set.
This EP bristles with character and proves that Moon Harbour is still the leader when it comes to tech house, no matter who is making it for them.