Luckystars – Swimming Under The Ice (LMD013)

LMD013Catalogue Number: LMD013
Release Date: February 2007

A1: Swimming Under The Ice
B1: Swimming Under The Ice (Jay Tripwire & Gavin Froome Mix)
B2: Swimming Under The Ice (Pete Dafeet Remix)

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Maxim Saidashev, Egor Belov and Konstantin Lyubimov make up Luckystars, a unique and creative band whose tracks are revolutionising the Russian electronic scene and are making waves in Europe and beyond.

All three are successful producers in their own right so when they get in the studio together the results are devastating. Their fresh approach to producing distinguishes their music from the mass of listless music boring clubbers across the globe – each and every track is saturated with unrestrained energy, intelligent harmonies and an accumulation of emotions.

Most recently Luckystars have seen releases on the UK’s ever impressive Urbantorque imprint and Germany’s Conya.

The original mix of ‘Swimming Under The Ice’ is a Spiritcatcher-esqe slice of deep melodic house; crisp snappy beats underpin lush pads and intricate keys and the track rumbles ever upwards towards electronic bliss.

The first remix is a real treat as two of Vancouver’s house legends team up for a deeper than deep rework.  Jay Tripwire needs very little introduction, with well over 100 releases and a Fabric CD to his name he is one of the most respected producers of the last decade, while Gavin Froome has been making waves in the deep house scene for many years too, most notably for his releases and album on Nordic Trax.  Jay and Gavin serve up a punching deep house cut; devastating beats, percussion and a super deep bassline pave the way for pads taken from the original mix and a freshly added spoken vocal.

With a string of releases due imminently on labels including Robsoul, S-Sens and Head Tunes, Pete Dafeet is fast becoming one of the UKs most sought after deep house producers.  His Bathtime Scrub mix features a deep bouncing bass combined with subtle acid squelches and a breakdown drawing on the original’s chords.  The track climaxes with superbly crafted hi hats giving the rework real dancefloor drive with a heavy dose of swing.

Magazine Reviews

iDJ – 4/5 Recommended
Blimey, it doesn’t get much deeper than the Original.  Those jazzy charms are exactly the sort you want serenading you at 6am.  Better for the floor though is the version from Jay Tripwire and Gavin Froome which is just as deep but this time with that smoky, druggy, floaty vibe that reminds this reviewer at least of Marshall Jefferson’s “Mushrooms”.  And there’s few better recommendations than that.

DJ Reactions

Paolo Mojo
Enjoying the original mix of this, nice deep tackle with good chords. Cool!

Jay West (Lowdown, Drop, Flavor)
Really liking this!

Blacksoul (Deepfunk, Blacksoul Music)
EXCELLENT!!!! Deephouse with balls!!! Love the original and Pete`s remix!!! Playing this! 5/5

Sonny Wharton (Renaissance)
This rocked Renaissance NYE and I ended up playin both Jay & Pete’s mixes in the main room… Pete’s did most damage!

Leigh Morgan (Urbantorque)
Classy stuff as ever from the Luckystars crew, all the mixes are cool but the original wins out for me with it’s lush deepness and builds very nicely.

Harold Heath (Urbantorque, Lost My Dog)
Really classy release, Jay & Gavin’s mix is sweet but Pete just pips it with his remix which is a right groovy little so and so.

FraidSo (Greenhouse, Lost My Dog)
Another great forward thinking release. Jay & Gavin’s mix is the pick for us – great intriguing deepness!!

Murray Richardson (2020 Vision, Nordic Trax)
Blasting these across Brazil for the next month!

Rhythm Plate (Winding Road)
Its got to be Swimming under Stars Original mix for me there matey: fluidly deep moisture!

Burnski (2020 Vision)
That original is really nice, proper tech house. Love it – looking seriously hot for ya!

Slum Science (Hudd Trax)
Feelin’ Petes & Jay’s/Gavin’s mixes

Charles Webster
These are really nice!

Anil Chawla (Saved, Ministry of Sound)
Tripwire mix is my favourite (deep and nicely trippy), with the Dafeet mix coming in a close second, will most definitely play them both!  More splendid work from one of my favourite labels!

Tyler Stadius
Lovely tune. Really dig Jay & Gavin’s mix. Deeeep!

Spettro
WOW! I am loving my Saturday morning shuffle today. Sweet bliss. Everything is placed just right. This track can be applied in many situations. 10 out of 10!

Tom Golden (Homegrown, Stylus, Manchester)
Loving the Tripwire & Froome mix, have played on radio and charted. Top stuff.

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