Artist: Tocharian
Title: Nova Scotia
Label: Intrinsic Records
By: Simon Jones | 27 April 2004
  • A: Original Mix
  • B: Amalgam Deep Mix

Tocharian "Nova Scotia"

Out Now on Intrinsic Records

Having collaborated with various people on the last few releases, Matt Slater returns as Tocharian for the latest Intrinsic release. His last single 'Arcadia' was well received, with major support from Sasha, John Digweed & Nick Warren amongst others, and after a few months sabbatical from the solo scene is back with his latest, 'Nova Scotia'.

The 'Original Mix' is rather special indeed. Gorgeous chords and piano lines ooze out of every crevice whilst vice like percussion drives things forwards underneath. Deep analogue style sounds create a feeling of depth, with a floaty female vocal hook left to it's own devices within the centre of the track. A layered riff that weaves itself in and out of the groove helps to build the momentum, the beats dropping out as the break hits, sliding back in with an awesome laser-style effect cutting through leading up to the finish, with the overall production having that cool peak time vibe that we've grown to appreciate from Tocharian's work.

Over on the flip Tocharian and label boss Christian Lewis get together as Amalgam for the 'Deep Mix' which as the name suggests will take you down a deeper, more musical route. Subtle breakbeat style rhythms and trippy melodies coupled with the evocative vocal make this a real late night epic. A solemn piano solo paves the way for an hypnotic finale that will leave your head spinning as it unfolds, the melodies and beats well and truly etching themselves deep in your mind.

As expected, Tocharian presents yet another single than fans of his work are going to go crazy over, and it seems that Intrinsic are tapping further and further into a sound that the likes of Sasha & Digweed cannot get enough of. No doubt you will hear this on a dancefloor near you sooner rather than later.

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