Following a seven-year hiatus, Northern England’s Weekend World Recordings, makes a triumphant return this June, with ‘Silver Cycles’ by Black Leaf, backed with reworks from The Violet Club and Jay Welsh.
Weekend World was initially birthed in 1999, and through to 2006, built up a highly praised reputation for its dance-floor meets home listening approach to music and tasteful, high caliber releases across the entire spectrum of electronic music. Here in 2013, the label is given a new lease of life, and used as a platform for releasing music from budding young producers and experienced artists alike, embodying the same soundscape and spirit as the music found in the preceding catalogue. Founder Martin Cartledge returns to the imprint here under his newly formed Black Leaf alias, a project tipping its focus towards an organic listening experience, and exploring a much wider array of musical influences than his previous work.
The release opens with the original version of ‘Silver Cycles’, kicking off with cosseting, emotive string melodies, glitchy synths and drawn-out subby tones. The cut beautifully blossoms in the focal point, introducing more pads, strings and dubbed out piano licks, resulting in a clever and understated piece of work once again from Cartledge.
The Violet Club step up next, offering two interpretations, first up is the ‘Club Remix’, which embraces a more direct 4/4 approach and dance-floor aesthetic. Things subtly bloom as the track progresses with sporadic drums and percussion creeping in, as swirling and reversed synth softly meander around them. The ‘Club Dub Mix’ does exactly as expected, stripping back the club vibe and opting for a more soft, ethereal vibe.
Lastly to close the single, the ‘Jay Welsh Remix’ is turned in, taking on a classic, acidic, broken-beat form. Resonant synth shots drive the weight of the groove, while heavily reverberated snippets of the original’s synths build a cavernous atmosphere and intricate filter modulation adds a flourishing dynamic.
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1. Silver Cycles (Original Mix)
2. Silver Cycles (The Violet Club Remix)
3. Silver Cycles (The Violet Club Dub)
4. Silver Cycles (Jay Welsh Remix)