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The dream

Italy has had quite the international mark on electronic music over the past decade. Birthing some of the heaviest and upfront artists and labels to date, it is a country with excellent taste in the arts, and music is no exception. Recycle Records supports the Italian way of new producers and supporting careers of DJs with style that range from minimal and deep techno. Refresh brings a heavy dose, not only of minimal and tech grooves, but also a deeper reflection of early Detroit masterpieces. Refresh contributed his sense of lush deep house to Recycle, alongside a remix by up and comer Max Rosardo. Out of these four tracks, The Dream is born and dancefloors just got a little bit more indulgent.

The title track, The Dream is a contagious slab of sophisticated house. Loungey in attitude, yet the prevailing drum patterns and jacking rhythms form this piece not only into a nice slow groover, but one with charisma, charm and icy cool jabs of soft organ. On the remix duties, Max Rosardo takes The Dream into a more sublime realm with his version oozing with echoing rich pads, and an absolutely irritable bassline.

Taking things up a notch, Refresh gets more club-friendly with Nick and Tap. Complete with spunky percussion and a more tech house twist, Nick and Tap flows seamlessly through sections of cross genre pollination. Pumping bass and fat kick drums make this a decibel banger. Continuing to reflect his deeper sense of production knowledge, Refresh ends with a rather classic arrange of modern deep sounds. Tool for My Mediation combines elements of Refresh’s tech inspiration yet also represents his knowledge of key underground trends. Soft strings and delayed electric piano notes resonate throughout giving a sense of classic rhythms and harmonies. Continuing to push his deeper sound Refresh’s formula will only continue to evolve in an unstoppable tantrum of picture perfect groove.