Released: 25 January 2018
Artist: Collective States
High Tide Recordings continue to impress with their sixth EP, which this time comes from Collective States. As well as two top originals there is a remix from Athea to complete a fine package.
This is not the first time Collective States has been on the label after Otherside back in summer, and once again it’s an essential affair.
Spacewalker goes first and is a deep and supple number with airy hi hats. The groove is well rooted and a frazzled synth line adds drama. It’s one that will take dancers to the edges of the galaxy and do so in style with a great sense of atmosphere. The remix from Athea is a darker affair with wiggling synth stabs and long-tailed chords that add suspense and intrigue throughout.
Last of all, Bend the Knee is a more melodic track with well craft synths rippling over the uninterrupted drums. Some mysterious vocals add to the spaceyness of it all and the twinkling keys are a nice touch to add some colour. As such, this is a varied three tracker that is truly cinematic.
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- Spacewalker (Original Mix)
- Spacewalker (Athea Remix)
- Bend The Knee (Original Mix)
Released: 12 October 2017
Artist: Collective States
High Tide Recordings serve up a fantastic fifth release that is from Stuart King. He offers two fresh new tunes and one features Sophie Moleta, while the high riding Collective States contributes a great remix.
Though an esteemed solo artist, King is also known as one half of Sunday Club, a duo behind some epic house on the legendary Stress Records. He has lived through the breakdancing era, the acid house explosion and promoted his own parties in war bunkers, and recently played Warung in Brazil during Carnival, so is experienced on many levels and brings all that know-how to the label whenever he gets in the studio. A veteran of the Radio 1 Essential Mix and labels like Baroque, Stripped and Valour, his latest album, Late Night Obsessions (which hit the No.2 spot in the UK iTunes chart for Electronic Music) has an infectious and fresh sound that veers from house to disco to deeper stuff, always with warmth and soul. This new EP is another fine release from the pivotal figure and is sure to be the track of the year.
The standout Chanjira is first and is a breezy house tune with nice emotive melodies. The drums are slick and stabs of synth, drive things along. It’s a lush late night tune to get into your head as well as heels. Add in some spine tingling vocal sounds that bring a touch of exotic and you have a great tune.
An excellent remix comes from Collective States, whose last two releases have hit the upper end of the Beatport Chart and have made them real men of the moment. Here they prove this once more, with a version that is more driving and dark, with forceful kicks but just as much spirituality in the atmosphere.
Last of all, Lucky Me is a seven minute track with bouncy and poised drums. Great vocals bring a steamy and sensual feel and the whole thing surges along, late into the night.
This is an perfect atmospheric EP filled with great synth work and essential grooves.
- Chanjira (Original Mix)
- Chanjira (Collective States Remix)
- Lucky Me feat Sophie Moleta (Original Mix)
Released: 6 July 2017
Artist: Collective States
The High Tide label is back with a new EP from Collective States. Featuring two killer cuts and a fine remix from UK techno champ Alan Fitzpatrick, it is the fourth release from the label and is sure to cause a storm.
Planet Mongo is the first original and it is a spritely techno track with nice airy hi hats. A nice chord sequence slowly steps down the scales and brings a subtle sense of joy as sweeping synths all round add to the drama. It has already been getting great support play from Carl Cox, John Digweed and James Zabiela amongst others, and is sure to be a massive summer track!
The remix from Drumcode man and modern techno heavyweight Alan Fitzpatrick is a slow burner that builds up a fine head of steam. The drums are rock solid, there is tension and menace in the grooves and some female vocals really add an element of fire.
Otherside is the other original and is a gurgling deep techno track with supple and subtle synth lines wriggling away over tech drums. It is a heads down number filled with style and closes out a top EP.
Collective State’s ‘Planet Mongo’ drops on High Tide Recordings on 6th July 2017.
- Planet Mongo (Original Mix)
- Planet Mongo (Alan Fitzpatrick Remix)
- Otherside (Original Mix)
Released: 4 May 2017
Following on from releases by label founders Sleeperhold and Mongo, the third High Tide Recordings release comes from ALiVE Recordings founder Tom Budden with a remix by Bedrock’s Moonface.
Carl Cox, Groove Armada, Hot Since 82 and James Zabiela are just a few of the names that have shown early support for the Southampton based imprint since its launch last year. Tom Budden now joins the roster for the label’s first release from an outside artist. Highly regarded as the founder of ALiVE Recordings, Budden first appeared on the scene a decade ago with a collaboration alongside Alan Fitzpatrick and has since made appearances on the likes of Get Physical and Gruuv.
‘In Focus’ is a deep and mesmerising house number that blends sweeping atmospherics with sultry chords and tasteful breaks. Tom’s Blurred Refix then focuses more on the groove as ebbing bass throbs join icy synths before Moonface reinterprets ‘In Focus’ giving it a dark and shadowy aesthetic.
Tom Budden ‘In Focus’ drops on High Tide Recordings on 4th May 2017.
- In Focus (Original)
- In Focus (Tom’s Blurred Refix)
- In Focus (Moonface Remix)
Carbon Freeze/Santa Carla
Released: 27 February 2017
Artist: Collective States
High Tide Recordings duo Collective States, Gary Bennetton & Dan Reid (AKA Sleeperhold) have been friends since meeting at a sci-fi convention in Southampton (UK)! After plucking up the courage to leave their action figures at home, they soon found themselves clubbing with their notepads (in the days before Shazam) and trying to get the names of tracks from the likes of Sasha, Carl Cox and John Digweed!
To the detriment of their weekend Star Wars role playing, they soon honed their skills on 1210’s (to the relief of Princess Leia) and quickly developed into accomplished DJs supporting the likes of Carl Cox, Seth Troxler, Groove Armada, Jamie Jones, Sasha, John Digweed, Joris Voorn, Hot Since 82, Steve Lawler, Skream, Annie Mac, Kolsch, Pete Tong and Dubfire as well as locally based pals James Zabiela and Alan Fitzpatrick.
With playing people’s music firmly established as their main passion, the logical progression was to start producing their own sound. Describing their studio adventure as the closest thing they could get to flying their own Millennium Falcon they soon began to develop a truly immersive sound, backed up with their instantly recognisable “Collective States” melodic groove.
Sporting a hard drive full of unreleased material with early support from the likes of Hot Since 82, James Zabiela, Eats Everything, Alan Fitzpatrick and Nick Curly amongst many, “Carbon Freeze” marks their inaugural release on their own High Tide Recordings imprint. As a popular golden figure once said “the possibility of successfully navigating an asteroid field is approximately 3,720 to 1”, but the journey is just beginning for the duo from the South Coast.
Out Ya Face/Vibe Hunter
Released: 17 November 2016
High Tide Recordings launches with a rhythmic two track house release from Southampton’s Sleeperhold featuring a remix from 8bit and Lower East producer Junior Gee.
Real name Dan Reid, Sleeperhold is an established figure in the house music scene. As one of the minds behind the renowned High Tide Boat Parties, Reid has long been a purveyor of house music in the UK’s South Coast and has repeatedly shared the booth with acts such as Carl Cox, Seth Troxler, Sasha and Digweed. As a producer Reid’s been making regular appearances on Mark Knight’s Toolroom Records, however he’s now turned his attention to running a label alongside Gary Bennetton, Steve Knight and Matt Conrad, with forthcoming releases planned from Bennetton not to mention under their collaborative High Tides pseudonym.
Featured on Carl Cox’s 27 CD with additional support from James Zabiela and Alan Fitzpatrick, ‘Out Ya Face’ meanders forward with shuffling percussion and stabbing synths as subtle notes and a distorted spoken word sample resonate on top. British producer Junior Gee’s remix then demonstrates a little less thud, stripping the production back whilst focusing on dusky atmospherics. Tying things together, ‘Vibe Hunter’ introduces crunchy snares, echoing effects and an infectious hook that continually evolves throughout.