In mid-2022, GMJ delivered another 24-carat release in the shape of his ‘Empty to Fill’ musical triptych. Returning to the EP, a pair of new remixes provide a fresh perspective from an Australian legend and rising Russian star.
Jamie Stevens has been a regular contributor to the Meanwhile catalogue. An award-winning ARIA artist with a slew of releases on Bedrock, Lost & Found and Selador amongst others, 400 production credits tell their own story of the Melbourne resident’s success. June 2022’s ‘Circles’ EP showcased Stevens’ talent on Meanwhile with three inimitable original tracks, while a single remix of Roger Martinez’s ‘Cosmic Drum’ in late-2020 is now followed by a sparkling interpretation of ‘Empty to Fill’. Replete with bouncing bass groove and body-shaking percussion, the vocal sample that featured in the original makes an intermittent return with sinister, pitched down voicing. Evolving easily, familiar melodic elements make their play alongside a wealth of new production material that reveals itself further towards the mid-point breakdown. Full of dancefloor sensibility, the track explodes into life in the second half in a hypnotising and mesmerising collage of rhythmic prowess.
Another familiar artist to the Meanwhile faithful, Konstantin Kuranakov has carved out a sizeable reputation with his Jiminy Hop pseudonym. Already finding success with releases on the likes of Plaisirs Sonores Records, Juicebox Music and WARPP, March 2022’s ‘Johlin’ and September’s ‘Levera / Agmoli’ perfectly illustrated the Russian star’s production credentials with five immaculately sculpted original pieces of music. Now returning with a debut remix on GMJ & Matter’s imprint, the Jiminy Hop interpretation is a masterful, up-tempo reworking of ‘Stage Flight’ that rises and falls with poise and grace. Delicate new melodies soar on the sonic breeze as they cascade gently across the landscape in arpeggiated patterns. Counterpoint melodies entwine through each other in interwoven patterns with a dense atmosphere in plentiful supply through shimmering delays and reverb tails. A copious blend of white-noise risers and crashing waves add a pulsating touch as the Jiminy Hop remix ignites with its club-friendly denouement in the second half.
Taking GMJ’s music in imaginative new directions, Jamie Stevens and Jiminy Hop are full of poise and passion through their ‘Empty to Fill /Stage Flight Remixes’.
You can now listen to the full premiere of Jiminy Hop’s remix exclusively on When We Dip. Enjoy!
Release Date: February 3rd, 2023. Buy Here
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