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REVIEW: Chris Bekker - Goldelse out on VANDIT records

Maintaining the release pressure, Chris Bekker and production pal Farius made a quick stopover to summon the (Above & Beyond-smashed) ‘London Sunrise’ last month. April though sees Chris back on his home beat, and resuming the serious business of soundscaping the German capital. 

A Berlin resident for a quarter of a century or more, there are few (if any!) producers better positioned to encapsulate the singular feel of the city. 2016 has already seen him sum up its urban ether with his half-progressive/half trance/all-awesome ‘Uferstrasse’. With ‘Goldelse’ though, he shifts his attention from the Berlin ‘burbs, closer to the capital’s centre and, well, skywards… 200ft or more. 

Berlin’s Victory Column, (or Goldelse/Golden Lizzy as she’s known to its natives) has a impressive history of providing musical inspiration for producers with an attachment to the city. U2 featured it heavily in their video for the ‘Achtung Baby’-intended ‘Stay’ and (fact-fans!) the ‘angelic’ figurine that sits on top was also the inspiration for a certain global hit from one Paul van Dyk! 

Chris initially captures her towering majestic through imposing bass, floor-conquering beats & percs and empyrean superstring sub-melodies. Come the break and he modulates a killer leadline into ‘Goldelse’s system, building its pressure up, inexorably to its big, fantastically moody LFO-powered drop. Trance of the most sophisticated variety - ‘Goldelese’ reaches stores today. 

STOP PRESS: in further Chris Bekker news, he’ll be seeking another London sunrise this month, when he hits the decks at the VANDIT Nights event at Ministry of Sound. Come Friday April 22nd, you can find him spinning alongside the likes of Alex M.O.R.P.H., Ben Nicky, Chris Bekker, Tristan D and very special guests Kyau & Albert! Tickets available via this link

Dimitri Kechagias review:
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 [item value="10"]Beat and Rhythm[/item]
 [item value="10"]Steady Basslines and Sparkling Groove[/item]
 [item value="10"] Melody [/item]
 [item value="10"] Synths [/item]
 [item value="10"]Breakdown[/item]
 [item value="9"]Climax  / Drop / Crescendo / Pay off moment[/item]
 [item value="9"]Intensity, Drive and Energy[/item]
 [item value="10"]Sound-design and Arrangement[/item]
 [item value="9"]Overall Atmosphere[/item]
 [item value="9"]Goosebumps / Shivers moments[/item]
 [item value="9"]Emotional affinity and heartfelt moments[/item]
 [item value="10"]Originality and Inventiveness[/item]
 [item value="9"]Dancefloor Efficiency / Festival Arenas Effectiveness[/item]
 [item value="9"]You can’t get this memorable track out of your head[/item]
 [item value="9"]It has potential to become an anthem or a classic[/item]
 [item value="10"]Chris Bekker - Goldelse[/item]
 [content title="Summary" label="Overall Score"]Goldelse is an excellent example of Chris Bekker distinctive sound that combines classic VANDIT records influences with his tendency to move things towards the progressive direction. That means that the track is powerful and dynamic enough but it concentrates on the melodies and synths progression rather than building tension and leading the track to an explosive crescendo. Goldelse is meant to be for those moments that progressive techy spacious music is need to keep the energy flowing on the dancefloor. Love It.[/content]

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