This is the post-minimal era. Minimal ripped dance music to pieces, and rebuilt it into something fresh and full of life, and piece by piece we started adding in the best of what came before. The irony is that a time traveller from 1995 might listen to some of our tunes now and say “Yes, that’s trance,” or “That’s progressive house, definitely”, but because we’re too cool for that we call it all minimal, even though it really isn’t very minimal any more. There was a movement to reclaim trance from the cheesy Robert Miles mire a few years ago by calling some of the melodic Kompakt type tracks “neo-trance”, but that didn’t seem to take off. And no one has yet dared to start the rehabilitation of progressive.
But progressive isn’t that bad, is it? As an adjective, progressive means rich, warm synths, played out in long, evolving chord sequences – the type of melodies that envelope you and remind you how great it is to be alive. Not a bad quality for a tune to have, and we in WEPLAYMUSIC find ourselves increasingly drawn to this kind of deeply melodic track.
Which brings us nicely to this week’s WPM ltd mix by one of our new favourite DJs, Ryan Davis. As with his own productions on labels like *Back Home, Manual Music and StereoSeven Plus, Ryan’s mix works up sensuous melodies that are part Trentemøller style electronica and part, well, neo-progressive, with the clean, vital
rhythms of minimal utilised as the foundations for some truly melodic dance music.
And like his own tracks, you’ll find his mix exquisitely crafted, with subtlely lush
production. To put it simply, we love Ryan’s sound, and we think it really ought to be
sound of the future, whatever you want to call it.
ANGEL ECHOES (Jon Hopkins Remix) – Four Tet [Domino] Buy at Juno Download (Mp3/WAV)
THE ONLY GAME (Terje Bakke Remix) – Torgny
BLACK SPIRALS (Nuno Dos Santos feat Pien Rmx) – Applescal [Traum
IN THE MIRRORS – Ryan Davis [Klangwelt] Buy at Juno Download (Mp3/WAV)
PREEFFECT – Ryan Davis Buy at Juno Download (Mp3/WAV)
BG – Luis Junior [Bedrock Records] Buy at Juno Download (Mp3/WAV)
MY WHITE ZEBRA – Ryan Davis [WunderBar] Buy at Juno Download (Mp3/WAV)
THE WOLVE – Ryan Davis [IRM Recordings] Buy at Juno Download (Mp3/WAV)
BEYOND THE STARS – Spada
SIZE IMAGE – Solvent Life [Ghostly International] Buy at Juno Download (Mp3/WAV)
I AM NARCASSIST (Ryan Davis Edit) – Russian Linesman