Montreal resident Misstress Barbara visited Australian shores last year with the Gatecrasher tour and she has been making a name for herself touring with Carl Cox. In 1999, Barbara opened her own label Relenless Records. Now Barbara has seven of her own singles under her belt.
Barbara's transition from drummer to DJ is evident in her selection of tracks for Relentless Beats.
FLR open the mix with CHester Beatty's remix of "Easy Filter Part X3". A mix of disco and heavy drums.
"Rippin And Dippin Pt2" by Mr Sliff pleasantly entwines genuine piano melodies with electronic effects. Uplifting and soulful, "Rippin And Dippin Pt2" borders on the jazz/funk trip.
Leandro Games' track "Crisis" samples elements of latino vocals into a steady paced beat. This track is perfectly at home in a Mardi Gras in Rio as it is in a dance hall.
Three tracks from Misstress Barbara are featured on Relentless Beats. "Talk To Me", "Effet Karma" and "Do You Beleive In Love At First Listen?". "Talk To Me" is a soft blend of percussive beats nad soundscapes whilst "Effet Karma" builds from a deep bass loop to strong energy. Closer to the experimental end of the CD is "Do You Beleive In Love At First Listen?". An infusion of pure techno, percussion and melodic synths.
Mateo Murphy's track "Cycles" has a deep and dirty techno feel with Wah effects and just the right amount of electronica.
"Bad Taste" by Andrew Richley and Ryan Rivera blends deep trance with softer techno before Sharpside rock the elements with their orgasmic, literarily, track "Space Cruising". This is a blow-by-blow depiction of escapades that occur between the sheets.
"Work That" by Space DJZ is one for the voguing contingent of the club. Deep New York beats with vocal samplings demanding that you "Work That Body".
This 22 track single CD gives you a taste of Misstress Barbara's DJ work and a glimpse into the diversity of techno.
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