Each edition of the Four To The Floor series, now in its 16th installment, always presents four tracks that are some of the strongest secret weapons from the sets of Solomun. Opening up the record is Maceo Plex’s “Mutant Magic”, which gets the engine going with deeply pounding percussions and otherworldly synth dabs and vocals.
Up next the sinister sounding “Plastic Head TV” by Fairmont, a driving and dystopian melodic techno track. Track number three is “Louisville Lip (Abaze Edit)” by Nico Garreaud, a Tech-House anthem with rapid drum patterns and energizing arpeggiators.
And lastly is dreamy Melodic House tune called “Princept” by The Vinyl Depreciation Society, a very versatile piece that experiments with an insane amount of sounds over its main structure and with that, rounds off this 16th edition of Four To The Floor.
“Sinner Man” or “Sinnerman” is an African American traditional spiritual song that has been recorded by a number of performers and has been incorporated in many other of the media and arts. The lyrics describe a sinner attempting to hide from divine justice on Judgment Day. It was recorded in the 1950s by Les Baxter, the Swan Silvertones, the Weavers and others, before Nina Simone recorded an extended version in 1965.
The earliest recording of the song to bear the title “Sinner Man” was by the Les Baxter Orchestra in 1956, as the B-side of the Capitol Records single “Tango of the Drums”. The lead vocal was by folk singer Will Holt, who shared the credit for writing the song with Baxter. However, the song clearly bears a close resemblance, in both melody and lyrics, to “On the Judgement Day”, which was recorded by gospel group The Sensational Nightingales in 1954 and released the following year on the Peacock label. The writing of The Sensational Nightingales’ song was credited to two of the group’s singers, Julius Cheeks and Ernest James. Some of the lyrics in “Sinner Man”, including “The rock cried out, ‘No hiding place'”, appear to derive from those in the spiritual, “No Hiding Place Down Here”, recorded in 1928 by the Old South Quartette.
A version of “Sinner Man” released in 1956, by Swedish-American folk singer William Clauson, credited Baxter, Holt, Cheeks and James as co-writers. Another gospel group, the Swan Silvertones, released their version of the song in 1957 on the Vee-Jay label, and folk singer Guy Carawan issued a version in 1958. Carawan wrote that he had learned the song in 1956 from Bob Gibson. Most modern recorded versions derive from the 1956 recording by Les Baxter. Further changes and additions were codified in 1959 by the folk music group the Weavers. The Weavers’ performance of the song appears on their compilation albums Gospel and Reunion at Carnegie Hall Part 2.
The Nina Simone recording
“Sinnerman” (spelled as one word) is one of Nina Simone’s most famous songs and she recorded her definitive 10-minute-plus version on her 1965 album Pastel Blues. Simone learned the lyrics of this English song in her childhood when it was used at revival meetings by her mother, a Methodist minister, to help people confess their sins. In the early days of her career during the early sixties, when she was heavily involved in the Greenwich Village scene, Simone often used the long piece to end her live performances. An earlier version of the song exists, recorded live at The Village Gate, but was not used on the 1962 Colpix album Nina at the Village Gate. It was added as a bonus track to the 2005 CD release.
Simone’s version of Sinnerman has been sampled by Kanye West for the Talib Kweli song “Get By”, by Timbaland for the song “Oh Timbaland”, and by Felix da Housecat for Verve Record’s “Verve Remixed” series. It has also been covered by 16 Horsepower on their album Folklore, and by Zegota on their self-titled single. French rapper Abd al-Malik sampled Simone’s version for the title track of his 2006 album “Gibraltar”. He also sampled Simone’s version of “See Line Woman” for the track “Le grand frère” from the same album. This version of the song is referenced on the 2018 Hozier track and EP Nina Cried Power. Simone’s “Sinnerman” has also been featured in various films and commercials, including the 1999 remake of The Thomas Crown Affair. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sinner_Man
Title track “Psychological Universe” is a killer cut from the word go. Driving bass, solid rhythms and insanely euphoric strings and synth lines take this track to another level. Next up is “Nature Collision” another peak time floor filler with rolling bass and soaring arps. “Harese” closes the package in fine style with crisp percussion, bubbling bass and intense lead lines.
Mental order can be seen as the opposite of mental disorder but as a concept it has not had so much attention in western psychology. While we understand the processes that lead to disorder we have only recently started to develop a conceptual framework for looking at order.
Eastern techniques for developing mental order
Eastern andphilosophical systems have developed a number of techniques of mental discipline which are said to bring about mental order:
Fresh off the release of his chart topping ‘Ten’ collaboration with Orsen, Cid Inc takes the deeper vibes of Kasper Koman’s ‘Hi’ closer to a peak time dance floor. Following a DJ friendly intro the piece builds in methodical fashion with chunky bass stabs, luminous overlays and a strong rhythmic core. Sitting firmly in the pure progressive realm it’s energy is undeniable, building momentum with each successive loop, before the second of two breaks melts down to a reservoir of fragmented melodies and hazy harmonics, ultimately highlighting the piece before a charming build ignites a chugging finale. Similarly, Khen comes off an equally large collaborative project with fellow country man Guy Mantzur for Bedrock Records, now landing back on Lost & Found with a stunning rendition of Marino Canal’s ‘The Endless Fall’. Built around a free flowing melodic storyboard, the Tel Aviv resident combines vocal fragments, tranquil arps and exotic drums with haunting atmospherics and harmonic refrains. Emotive and timeless in equal measure, it makes for a charming eight minute journey and perhaps one of Khen’s most creative remixes to date.
Vita V, también conocido como Vita Vinaras, es un joven Dj y compositor nacido en Pamplona (España). Hoy considerado como una fuerte promesa en la escena del norte española, siempre tuvo la necesidad de expresarse a través de la música. En 2011, compró su primer software de producción musical y, hasta hoy, está aprendiendo y mejorando sus producciones.
En 2019, comienza a enviar sus pistas a diferentes sellos discográficos para poder lanzar su música al mercado.
Actualmente está terminando canciones de progressive house, melodic techno, minimal y deep house, y está comenzando a hacer su espacio en la escena de la música electrónica, haciendo sus propios videos musicales, preparando dj y sets en vivo y actuando en clubes del área. Esta estudiando un grado de sonido superior, trabajando en un estudio de masterización (Doctor Master) y creando un set en vivo que estará listo en 2020.
Finalmente, es aconsejable seguir de cerca a este productor porque seguramente habrá noticias pronto, tanto en dj/live set como en producciones.
Vita V, also known as Vita Viñaras, is a young Dj and Producer born in Pamplona (Spain). Considered as a strong promise in the Spanish northern scene.
After several years of learning and improving his productions, in 2019 he decided to start releasing his music. He is an apassionate of audiovisual filming and performing.Following this artistic need, he has started creating new ways of musical and visual expression.
He is currently creating Progressive House, Melodic Techno, Minimal and Deep House song styles. With dark and defined line, he is beginning to be known in the electronic music scene, creating personal dj / live sets and acting in clubs around the area.
He also works as a mastering engineer in Doctor Master. After a long time creating a new set Live, In 2020, Vita V will show us his particular view of electronic music
Fourth instalment of Back To Black Series, Vol. 04, is out now on Steyoyoke Black. This unique collection incorporates tracks from five artists – Nick Devon, Clawz SG, Arude, Darko Milosevic and Never Lost. Back To Black Vol. 04, which is available in vinyl and digital version, is another incredible episode of the dark and melodic series, characterised by its uplifting nature and bold attitude. Stay tuned for more releases from this ongoing project. Back To Black will continue to unleash more poignant techno vibes.