Artist: Dan Ghenacia
Title: Trax On Da Road EP
Cat. #: APO 003
Format : 12″, mp3
Release Date: 4th December 2012
A1. Manhattan 85
B1. Acid walk
B2. Da Doo Da
Living life as an international DJ, this is the first instalment of Dan Ghenacia’s ‘trax on da road’ productions. His debut solo EP on Apollonia, Ghenacia demonstrates his aptitude for big beats to soulful vocals with a 3-track package that above all will have you dancing.
Manhattan 85 is a funk driven affair of disco-led house. Dabbling in a melange of sounds from classical strings to techno bleeps and vocal samples, the build-up to some complex layering is arranged seamlessly into feel-good, tuneful house that will lift any room. Over on the B-side is weighty, no-nonsense Acid walk, full of bounce and infectious rhythm. A singular chord of eerie vocal provides the depth, resonating behind an escalating acidic wail – without a doubt a sure-fire, dance floor bomb. Da Doo Da completes the solid offering with a hearty bassline and hypnotic drum rhythms, a strong house-techno contender very much in tune with Ghenacia’s own peak-time track choices.
Dan Ghenacia has been DJing professionally for nearly fifteen years, a DC10 Ibiza resident for ten, and a driving force behind the Parisian house scene and beyond over the last decade. One third of Apollonia alongside Shonky and Dyed Soundorom, this is the ex-Freak N’Chic boss’ second label venture, which also doubles as a back2back2back DJ trio at special showcases around the world.
Still less than a year old, Apollonia has already gained much success within the underground scene with its debut EP from Shonky ‘The Minneapolis Touch’, and ‘Close To The Edge’, a Dan Ghenacia and Shonky collaboration remixed by The Mole.
Forthcoming is the label’s debut album release from house heavyweights Chris Carrier and Hector Moralez, plus a repress vinyl line of Apollonia’s favourite rare and classic tracks from the late 90’s to early 00’s.