Swedish born Johan Ekman is always one of the most consistent producers release after release. With that said, I was really happy when “Exhale” appeared in the inbox. His debut release on Fluoro is one of the best tech trance productions in recent times for me.
The original mix having been played in Askew and Patterson sets for around a year now still remains one of the freshest surprises on any label. Ekman’s signature tech and bass sound is the main course on offer. The arrangement keeps you on your toes as faint hints of a melody tease you through out the track. An absolute top notch production.
Label friend John Askew provides an alternative version which is just different enough to make a great package. He adds a few melodic elements as well as pumping up the bass line even more. Post break is where most of the work is done as he beefs up the main melody adding an almost psy twist to the main riff. A really good remix which will get plays from many of the top DJs in the coming months.
Overall a fantastic release and I’m very happy to see Johan get a shot on this legendary label. Highly recommend both mixes!
You can pick up both mixes of “Exhale” now on Beatport.