Balance Presents Fur Coat
However you describe riveting Venezuelan-born, Barcelona-based duo Fur Coat's style, there's no denying that theirs is very much the sound of now. Fusing bold, dramatic synth lines with heady atmospherics and rhythms that seamlessly blend the organic and electronic, they have won fans far and wide with their releases on Crosstown Rebels, Hot Creations, Culprit, Get Physical, My Favorite Robot, and BPitch Control, and debuted at #66 in Resident Advisor's Top 100 DJs of 2014. Their mix for Balance is their first official compilation, following online mixes for the likes of Red Bull Music Academy, Deep House Amsterdam, and Rinse. "We mixed the compilation live in Barcelona, at Israel's house, with TRAKTOR and an Allen and Heath mixer. We really wanted to have that DJ feeling, the actual feeling of it being mix; not just dropping the tracks on Ableton and mapping automations" --Fur Coat. We begin in deep and mysterious fashion with the throbbing beats of Mathew Jonson and The Mole's remix of Tobias and the spooky afro-tech of Masomenos, before the soaring riffs of Patlac's remix of Embassy of Joy. Âme's classic Akabu remix sends the mix into spine-tingling overdrive, with Chardronnet & Afrilounge (feat. Phetote the Poet) in hot pursuit. Francesca Lombardo plunges us into a more hypnotic place, teeing up Radio Slave's incessant Tokyo Black Star remix and more introspective, subtle material from Cesare vs Disorder and Luke Slater (the latter remixing Slam). Efdemin's remix of Simon Flower's "Phosphenes" continues to delve into the deepest reaches of Fur Coat's record box -- all throbbing low-end and mind-bending slivers of sound. Fur Coat's exclusive "Monday" -- made specially for this compilation -- brings the mix out of its depths with bold lead lines, twinkling arps, and plump bass toms. Agoria's haunting Metronomy remix increases the tension, segueing into the mesmerizing melodies of Fur Coat's now-classic "U Turn." The grunting synths of Roman Flügel's "O.T.H." provide some relief from the tension, before Malandra Jr's "Infinity" brings back the brooding feel. DJ Koze's "Mariposa" provides the perfect foil to its predecessor, maintaining a sense of majesty while bringing the energy down to a simmer. Barnt's tough-edged, industrious remix of Michael Mayer's "Voigt Kampff Test" brings the mix to a rousing close with eerie melody and swathes of fizzing white noise. As a whole, it's a very cohesive listen that manages to sound at once contemporary and classic.