1. markus schatz: deep circle (digital only) 2. markus homm: transposer 3. tom clark: ultimo 4. asem shama: erato 5. demir & seymen: ethnos 6. simon beeston: what crisis 4. mihai popoviciu: these times 5. todd bodine: metamorph 6. phage & daniel dreier: high five 7. heinrichs & hirtenfellner: sambuca (digital only) 8. jens bond: ain't no dogs (digital only)
2009 is certainly shaping up as an exciting year for Highgrade. A lot of great releases have made their way into the stores, and the circle of artists has expanded to include some promising new faces. As always, the priority has remained to be a platform for innovative club music. Well then, high time for the next musical offering from the Highgrade family. The “Inner Circle“ release presents an opportunity to bring the core group of Highgrade artists like Tom Clark, Jens Bond, Todd Bodine, Markus Homm, Heinrichs & Hirtenfellner, Phage & Daniel Dreier and Mihai Popoviciu, together with some of highgrade´s recent newcomers: Asem Shama, Demir & Seymen, Marcus Schatz and Simon Beeston. The result is “Our Thing Vol. 2 - The Inner Circle“, to be released as double Maxi 12“, flanked by three digital only bonus tracks. All in all, a musical statement that shows where Highgrade stands musically, and suggests where we’re planning to travel in the future.
And now to the music:
Marcus Homm provides the starting point with “Transposer“: Funky, impulsive and peppered with unusual sounds. Next up, Tom Clark takes the helm with “Ultimo” and steers a course towards the dancefloor peaktime! On the flip, Asem Shama and Demir & Seymen splash out. Asem’s “Erato“ rocks in exhilarating fashion, and the fresh new Highgrade lads Demir & Seymen provide rolling percussion and powerful orchestral stabs on “Ethnos“, which really give the dancefloor some legs.
Simon Beeston gets things going on Part II with “What Crisis“, a title which could also provide a great theme for the entire release, with subsequent artists Mihai Popoviciu, Todd Bodine and the veterans Phage & Daniel Dreier keeping up the dynamic energy. This is not simply a Part II, but a statement all on it’s own. Those who are still not convinced can check out the three digital only tracks from Marcus Schatz, Jens Bond and Heinrichs & Hirtenfellner, to be further inspired!