Joshua James

Marlene (Inc. Deetron Remixes)

Phantasy Sound

PH97

Joshua James

Marlene (Inc. Deetron Remixes)

Phantasy Sound

PH97

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ARTIST
Joshua James
TITLE
Marlene (Inc. Deetron Remixes)
LABEL
Phantasy Sound
CAT NO.
PH97
FORMAT
12"
RELEASE DATE
  • 28/02/2020 [INITIAL RELEASE]
TERRITORY
Worldwide
GENRE
Deep House Nu Disco Techno
FEATURING
Deetron Joshua James
ASSETS

TRACK LISTING

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  1. A1. Marlene
  2. B1. Marlene (Deetron Remix)
  3. B2. Marlene (Deetron Filter Dub)

SALES NOTES

Joshua James continues a run of infectious singles on Phantasy with a brooding, dreamlike turn into the night on ‘Marlene’, accompanied by two contrasting remixes from Swiss master, Deetron.

Beginning with the timeless texture of joyous, eighties NYC house, ‘Marlene’ soon introduces an inquisitive vocal sample, as an elegant conversation explores love and tolerance. Nonetheless, leaving little time for chin stroking, the track instead cautiously circles the pleasure at the epicentre of the dancefloor, venturing into more introspective, late-night territory, culminating in an unexpected and cathartic release of psychedelic electro. Reflecting the energy and imagination of his weekly residency at XOYO, James delivers a sophisticated, queer take on contemporary house that pays off in sheer bliss.

With a cemented reputation as one of the world’s most intuitive and imaginative remixers, Deetron carefully rebuilds 'Marlene' twice over. On his initial remix, he adopts a shuffling 4/4 bass weight, zoning in on an unintelligible snippet of the track’s sample, creating slowly escalating, sweat-inducing club pressure. Suddenly, fluttering keys and deep chords send us into a deeper direction, from the rave to the lounge and back again. Meanwhile, the Filter Dub is tailor-made and tested for after-hours selectors with a thirst for the esoteric.

Published: 30th January 2020

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