Title: Railway Mood EP
Label: AMAM Records
Remixers: Hooved, Mihai Popoviciu
Cat. #: amam026
Format: 12” / wav / mp3
Release Date: 4 November 2013
A2. Eureka (Hooved Remix)
B1. Eureka (Mihai Popoviciu Remix)
B2. Railway Mood
Qbeck AKA Eugene Dubrovin first made a splash on the international tech-house scene when Seth Troxler and crew released his track “Alice” on a Visionquest label compilation last year. Now Alessio Mereu is pleased to scoop up the Ukrainian producer (no, he’s not from Quebec) for a full EP on AMAM, titled Railway Mood.
“Eureka” has an irresistible galloping groove, with an off-kilter tick-tock giving a countdown to eternity. Soon, after the slightly unnerving melodic plucking sounds, you can hear breathy gasps punctuating the atmosphere as if a human being is trapped inside the track. And maybe you’ll get sucked in too! Then, AMAM buddy Hooved takes the more menacing aspects of Qbeck’s original and reworks them into his own style, reminiscent of the auditory psychosis heard on his TMLSS EP released last month. On the flipside, Romanian producer and Highgrade Recordings artist Mihai Popoviciu offers his own vigorous interpretation, combining Detroit otherworldliness and Chicago jacking rhythms to take you a nocturnal cruise.
After that, we’re back in Qbeck’s world with the EP’s title track, an even darker journey with interlocking rhythmic patterns and a somber oriental harp that ends up tripping over itself. Finally, the digital bonus “Deadlock” is like some kind of housey Spaghetti Western starring a cast of woodpeckers, a frenetic cut showing how versatile this 24-year-old can be on one EP.