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Ivan Aliaga – Robotica / Black Whale (Remixes) [Constellation Music]

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Analog Jungs’ Constellation Music closes out 2024’s second quarter by showcasing new interpretations of Ivan Aliaga’s ‘Robotica / Black Whale’. Released in March of this year, the two-track showcase marked the Argentinean artist's label debut and was met with much praise. Ivan’s prophetic approach to progressive house has been both unique and elusive, in turn generating a litany of A-list DJ support, from Hernan Cattaneo and Nick Warren to John Digweed and Guy J. As the year’s second half quickly approaches, Constellation Music revisits Ivan’s ‘Robotica / Black Whale’ double-a-side release, showcasing with new interpretations from Digital Mess, Jamie Stevens and label bosses Analog Jungs.

Making his label debut with the lone interpretation of ’Black Whale’ is Digital Mess. Hailing from Russia, Digital Mess has been a fixture of the progressive house scene for the better part of two decades. The Tver resident first rose to prominence with a string of early projects for System Recordings, where he established a dark, cutting edge production style that made him a name to watch going forward. The next decade-plus would see Digital Mess continue to refine his sound, always remaining club-effective with standout releases via Mango Alley, SLC-6 Music and WARPP. Now, fresh off his latest vehicle for Univack Records, Digital Mess adds Constellation Music to his resume with a devilish rendition of ‘Black Whale’. Opting for a trippier yet groove-centric approach, Digital Mess aims squarely at a peak-hour dancefloor here, with commanding beats and pyrotechnic effects creating a dark yet energy inducing first act. Looking to bring a greater sense of tension, a granular-field emerges across the main break, slowly rising against a backdrop of melted rhythms, peaking anticipation in the process, before smoothly segueing into a deep, twisted finale.

Also making his label debut is Jamie Stevens who provides the first interpretation of ‘Robotica’. As one of Australia’s most talented and sought after artists, Jamie has proven his skill in professional sound design, music scores for film and contemporary electronic music. As the founding member of Infusion, the much-loved Australian live act, he’s left his mark around the globe, headlining some of the biggest and most respected clubs including Fabric, Pacha and Womb, as well as festivals such as Glastonbury, Coachella, Roskilde and Creamfields. Moving forward in solo capacity, Jamie’s discography has been highlighted by releases on the industry’s most revered imprints, such as All Day I Dream, Bedrock, Sudbeat and Lost & Found, a perfect amalgamation of record labels to showcase Jamie’s far-reaching repertoire, one that oftentimes sits in creative space between progressive, organic and melodic house. In a year which has already seen Jamie record standout projects for Dreaming Awake, Meanwhile and Solis, the Aussie legend now adds Constellation Music to his resume with a stellar rendition of ‘Robotica’. Taking a more direct dancefloor approach, while maintaining the elusive spirit of the original, Jamie constructs a robust rhythmic core, complemented with muscular beats, techno-flavoured percussion and deconstructed effects. It’s this fusion of sound which ultimately makes for a version that is both versatile and club-effective; a brilliant re-imagination that’s likely to find favor with a broad range of DJs across the coming months.

The release concludes with Analog Jungs returning to the label with the second and final interpretation of ‘Robotica’. Made up of Argentinean artists Claudio Cornejo and Gustavo Ruarte, Analog Jungs have been revered figures in the progressive house underground for the better part of a decade, earning praise from genre tastemakers Hernan Cattaneo and Nick Warren. The duo's colourful, club friendly sound flourished as a result, finding a home on some of the genre's trendsetting imprints, such as Clubsonica, Mango Alley, Meanwhile, Or Two Strangers and The Soundgarden. 2023 proved to be an impactful year for the Cordoba duo, with the formation and subsequent success of Constellation Music, a record label which now stakes a claim as one of progressive music’s best new imprints. Continuing to build on the label’s success, Analog Jungs now return to Constellation with a stellar take on ‘Robotica’. Bringing a progressive state of mind, the duo carefully balances the themes from the original with their own melodic groove-centric sound. Timely effects and murky atmospheres steal the air atop thunderous beats and rippling grooves; while a tastefully twisted break and enlightening drop seal what is the ultimate dance floor bomb to round out the release on a high note.

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Release Date: 31-05-2023

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