|Pryda - Mirage [Pryda Recordings]|
|13 June 2011|
The inimitable Eric Prydz continues to forge his own path through dance music in 2011, unconcerned and unaffected by the short-lived trends and new sounds that move through clubland.
Whilst his new audiovisual spectacle, Eric Prydz In Concert (EPIC), changed the very definition of what it means to be a DJ with a sell-out show at London’s O2 Academy Brixton in April, the Swedish super producer persists on rolling out extraordinary club music that truly exists in its own sphere. Are there any dance music producers out there as consistent, or unique, as Eric Prydz?
The Swede’s new three tracker ‘Mirage’ - his first Pryda release of 2011 - is a perfect example of the kind of superior electronic music that he produces with jaw-dropping regularity. All three of the EP’s tracks were featured in Prydz’ debut EPIC set in London, and were used with devastating effect to blow away the 4500 clubbers.
The EP’s lead track ‘Mirage’ is an ethereal and uplifting melodic club track. With a powerful and delicate key lead that immediately works its way into your mind and feet, the cut is euphoric and poignant all at the same time. Such potent contrast is a hard thing to contemplate on a dance track, but it is a standard illusion of Prydz’ dark Pryda instrumentals.
‘Juletider’ is equally as memorable and mighty. With a colossal musical build, the track’s 1980’s flavoured keys sound like a forgotten Harold Faltermeyer synth-pop classic, or the work of French synth pop pioneer Jean Michel Jarre. Choosing to brew tension and drama through a simple yet infectious keyboard lead, the pressure Prydz fabricates is intense and unyielding.
By the time the dirty bass and beats drop, it’s near on impossible to not pump your fists with a massive great big gurn on your face. This innate understanding of how rhythm and suspense moves people is precisely what makes Eric Prydz one of dance music’s greatest.
Last, but by no means least, is ‘With Me’, perhaps one of Eric Prydz’ boldest tracks to date. Built around a fun and frolicking electro house groove, the track positively drips with pop promise thanks to a catchy male vocal, which is Prydz’ first proper vocal in years.
The track’s lighthearted musical elements and sing-along moments (the pixellated synths sound like they came from an 8-bit computer game console) play like a dance anthem in the making. No doubt ‘With Me’ will play an integral part in Pryda’s weekly DJ sets at Ibiza’s Amnesia club this summer.
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