The latest on Dirtybird comes from sound engineering wiz Vangelis Kostoxenakis. This Greek producer has honed his skills as a studio perfectionist immersed in the dance sounds of Athens. Building a discography on labels like Dirtybird, Moon Harbour, Snatch! and Toolroom, it’s safe to say Vangelis’ records are jammed in the crates of Europe’s top talent. His new one comes in the form of a three-track EP released with west coast house icons Dirtybird. Punchy bass lines and tight percussion make it immediately evident why the big man Claude picked this one for the label.
Cosmic leads like that found in title-track ‘Take Your Shirt Off’ don’t come pre-packaged. This guy knows his way around the studio and has probably spent endless nights fiddling with gear. Vangelis’ attention while molding each pulse results in a clear drum punch elegantly layered with synth love. Packed with diverse dancefloor sounds, the EP is made for club sweat. Three tunes with variety, you can put this one on the decks in consecutive play with no problem. The release is out now, so stream while you scroll and visualize those sounds already.
We touched base with Vangelis to hear more about what’s fueling his studio. It’s no surprise that his lineup features some strong hardware. Scroll through this quick peek at gear in heavy rotation, hear what the man himself has to say about these beauts.
Moog Subsequent 57
Dave Smith Instruments Prophet Rev2
Keep watch for more from Vangelis as he continues to dish out high quality, dance floor sounds. Between his own label, ‘Talk of the Town’ and a steady stream of release head, this studio native should be in your crate.