Expanding on its global mandate, Culprit touches down in Germany in its talent search. Essen-based Ahmet Sisman is the next new artist to be added to the label’s burgeoning clan of contributors, with ‘Dance with the White Rabbit’ EP - two originals of sparkling and exciting electronic house. Nico Lahs and Audiofly, long friends of the label, add their skills and charisma remixing the anthemic title track.
Ahmet Sisman is exactly the kind of a producer Culprit is becoming known for supporting – young yet experienced, bubbling-just-under-the-surface artists on the verge of exploding into a wider dance music consciousness. Though still a relative newcomer, Sisman has been making quite an impression with releases for such big guns like Cocoon, Dumb-Unit and Lessizmore over the past 4 years. Ahmet immediately staked a claim to a sound distinctly his own, that infuses the European electronic music tradition with influences spawned by his upbringing in Turkey. Best known for slightly darker tech-house sound so far, for his debut Culprit release Sisman brings his melodic talent to the fore. Yet another producer inspired by Culprit’s chosen sonic palette, Sisman unleashes two songs that merge keen dance floor sensibility with warm electronic currents, underpinned by euphoric synthesizer warmth and subtly soulful influences that interpret the label’s sound in unique ways.
‘Dance with the White Rabbit’ is one of the most unabashedly big and anthemic songs ever to be come out on Culprit, with its layers of sweeping synth melodies, a vocal hook and explosive dynamics surely made for some of the more tasteful big rooms this summer. ‘Hello to Alice’ is a moodier and more rhythmically forceful counterpart to the A side, its warm Juno chord-driven middle perfectly Culprit. The dancefloor damage done by both originals is undeniable.
Audiofly land a remixing hand with a typically low slung and groovy take, its bassline and disarmingly unaffected vocal supremely effective. This slightly wistful yet compulsively hip-swaying version will find favour among the early – or late – night denizens. Back on the label after his memorable ‘Lost In My Soul’ was released last year, Nico Lahs offers an immaculately smooth and melodic take on ‘Dance’, certain to impress the many fans of the Italian electronic Deep House sound, whose other proponents – Tale of Us, Clockwork – have been taking the discerning dancefloors by storm.
Published: 27th June 2012