Artist: Georgi Barrel
Title: Rhyme Goes On
Label: Petra Digital
Format: Vinyl Only / PTR018
1. Georgi Barrel – Recycling (Original Mix)
2. Georgi Barrel – Rhyme Goes On (Original Mix)
3. Georgi Barrel – Recycling (Hodini Remix)
4. Georgi Barrel – Rhyme Goes On (Kerem Akdag Remix)
George Barrel is a producer whose reputation is enhanced with every passing release. A musician in the truest sense of the word, Barrel is a sound obsessive with a penchant for knocking out quirky and unusual – but always enticing – house music. From that perspective, his signing here to the Istanbul/Barcelona label, Petra Digital, is a snug fit. Flanked by some fittingly complimentary remixes by Hodini (of Max Graef and Glenn Astro’s Money $ex label) and Kerem Akdag (one of the Istanbul’s most exciting new producers), this is a release that’s characterized by its good-time vibes throughout.
Opening the release is the sounds of the title track, ‘Recycling’. Clearly indebted to classic Dance Mania sounds, it sees Barrel deliver an almost effortlessly simple but devilishly catchy original. A majestic piece of peak-time house, it’s rough-and-ready approach is sure to win it admirers aplenty. The other original is ‘Rhyme Goes On’, another discerning gem that metaphorically brings the listener to pastures new. An ethereal gem, its dreamy soundscapes already has us dreaming of warmer climes. By the time the jacking vocal comes into play, it’s hard not to be charmed.
The flip side sees the first of two remixes, the first of which arrives courtesy of Hodini, who turns ‘Recycling’ on its head courtesy of an anologue-heavy jam that owes much to the dusty sounds of Moodymann and Theo Parrish. A gloriously melancholy cut, it’s subtle but also striking enough to make an impression on the ‘floor. The release then comes to a close courtesy of Kerem Akdag’s interpretation of ‘Rhyme Goes On’. Akdag goes heavy on the synths here, using them to give the remix its own sense of momentum. Pitching the vocal down considerably, he instead lets a stunning baseline and some clever percussive tones lead the way. A classy example that sounds off an altogether exceptional release, Petra Digital’s first release of 2018 is an an auspicious one indeed.