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Various Artists Once Upon A Time in Barcelona

Cat No: WIPCD001
Artist: Various Artists
Title: Once Upon A Time in Barcelona
Label: WIP
Release Date: 16th June 2013

Barcelona based WIP have primed a full album of tracks showcasing the rich spectrum of the labels sound. 1000 copies of ‘Once Upon A Time In Barcelona’ will be distributed for free at this weekend’s Sonar festival and will also be available for free download via Soundcloud after the 16th of June.

The album features 13 entirely new works from label owners Dia and Fluen writing both independently and collaboratively under their Love, Blood & Sweat moniker. Also contributing to the compilation is label artist, Seven Apart. In an olio of shimmering melodies, big room bass lines and nifty sequencing, WIP evinces an auspicious assemblage of sounds to suite dance floors from sunset to sunrise across the festival months.

Combining classical training and adroit studio skills, Dia’s work successfully layers complex piano lines with cleverly plotted percussive patterns and indelible vocal samples. Across four tracks, she exhibits her ability to produce melodically complex music that rises and evolves towards gently weighted drops. Most notably, ‘Love And Passion’ stands out through the blending of haunting, rueful vocals with a deep set three-chord shift that strains the heart strings.

Fluen’s solo contributions add a suitable dose of Detroit and Chicago leanings to the album across a pair of glowing grooves. ‘Simple Hearts’ is a ripe House composition built with adeptly composed piano, delayed stabs and an infectious vocal slices that is certain to raise some band-laden hands.

Together, the pair synergise effectively to create four varied contributions to the album. Produced to an exemplary standard, ‘From Above’ stands out to combine staggered laser stabs, tough claps and gargantuan synths to dramatic, set-closing effect.

Seven Apart adds a further dimension to the compilation with two tight House productions. ‘Bright Lights’ combines a portion of organic drums under sun drenched synths that are representative of One Upon A Time In Barcelona as a whole in their mellifluous construction and warming tone.

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