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Germany’s Sven Tasnadi has long been an associate of Moon Harbour and its sister label Cargo Edition, as well as released his deep take on house on labels like Smallville and Poker Flat. Here he returns to the label for the second time this year following his joint EP with Dan Drastic, and Stop Talking features two original tracks plus remixes from label favourite Sable Sheep and electronic pioneer Steve Bug.
First up is the title track, a lively brew of jangling and tinkling percussive edges underpinned with firmly rooted drums. Like a mirage on a hot day, the percussion glistens above the slinky house beats as steel drum like melody line rises up and down throughout the mix. It’s fresh and colourful and is the sort of thing that gets and keeps people dancing.
The first of the two remixes comes from Poker Flat chief Steve Bug. He goes in a little firmer with his re-interpretation, adding weight and thump to the kick drums and threads a more surging, late night melody stream into the track. It makes for a fluid and infectious groove before Sable Sheep ups the ante once again. His chattering claps jitter across the track’s surface as deep and loopy bass vamps bring plenty of depth to proceedings. Tooting melody stabs help bring a ravey edge and means there is a version of this track for every different situation.
Finally, Sven Tasnadi turns in “Raver Jack”, a tight and minimalist arrangement that has curious synth hooks and alien sounds buried deep within the chunky drums. Building ever more frantically to a tripped out peak of weird sounds and bendy tones, it’s the sort of track that stands out from a set and stays lodged in your brain long after it finishes.
This is another fantastic offering from Sven Tasnadi made all the more essential thanks to the fantastic remixes from Steve Bug and Sable Sheep.