EPs / Cassettes / Singles
Pacific / Stay
Having previously released material on ProgCity Deep Trax, Team Records, and Midnight Shift since starting music production in 2000, Simon Hinter now appears on Philogresz's Phil Records with a fine two-tracker. The twelve-inch release, the label's sixth, augments two originals by the Germany-based Hinter with remixes by Philogresz and Basic Soul Unit.
The first original, “Pacific” is as breezy as the ocean its name evokes, a gently uplifting house cut that exudes a subtle whiff of melancholy and longing, rather like a memory welling up in consciousness of a summer long past. It's not all warm pads and soothing textures, though; also present is a sweetly swinging groove to help offset the nostalgic feeling. The Netherlands-based Soylu contributes a “Philogresz Shift” version of “Pacific” whose infectious swagger beefs up the groove quotient and amps up the textural dimension a tad as well. Claps and synth smears add scenic colour to Hinter's cut, making the Philogresz version a more panoramic and aggressive riff on the original.The second original, “Stay,” is, if anything, even more soothing than the A-side's, with Hinter draping jazzy acoustic piano sprinkles and silken synth accents across a funky house pulse that rolls out with an elegant degree of snap. It's great to see Torontonian Stuart Li contributing a Basic Soul Unit treatment of “Stay” to the release, and even more so when his hard-driving version stomps with such mighty conviction. Li's lately been the recipient of ample critical praise, and the energized acid-techno treatment he brings to Hinter's track shows that the high regard with which his work is held is warranted.