Steve Angello’s Residency Round 2: Temperament, Textures, and Trent Cantrelle
BBC Radio 1’s Residency series continued last night with Steve Angello’s second outing. Holding back on unveiling the locked-down catalog of future Size material (flaunting only a few) or music from his forthcoming album, the two-hour mix came as a showcase of preferences — his own sonic temperament that resonated with the preferences of listeners. Angello grooved through early moments with deep, easy listening, making for a 30-minute time capsule of an intro capped by Duke Dumont’s take on Tensnake’s “Love Sublime.”
Then came the world exclusive of Zoo Brazil’s “Save Us” that Steve said he’d been after for six months, a tune reflective of summertime Ibiza. Turning the page on the mix and paying compliment to Eric Prydz, Angello noted that his old friend is one of the few producers he knows that can “turn anything into a monster,” and that Pryda’s “F.A.T.” speaks volumes of that skill.
The following tracks were served on a larger scale than the mix’s first segment, with selections such as Tom Staar’s remix of “Shake That” and Kryder’s “Tarzan.” Driving towards the guest mix interception, Oliver Helden’s “Gecko” and My Digital Enemy’s “La Bruja” curated a more contagious, beat-driven energy for Trent Cantrelle to seize on.
Cantrelle brought a few darker shades to BBC airwaves immediately as the lyrics “she’s on a different frequency” translated to a wink, nod, and “I mean business.” The thumping entrance of “What I Need” set the tone for his portion of R1’s Residency; Hypnotic house records from Christoph’s “Shelter” to Mark Henning’s “Acid Exit” made it through unscathed as they transitioned between the vocally-laced hooks of “Let’s Go Dancing” and “Enjoy The Silence,” and Cantrelle swung into the spotlight with the same charisma that projected him to BBC airwaves in the first place.
When Angello regained the reigns for the final portion of the mix, the flip was switched. The Steve that treated ears kindly with softer textured house 90 minutes earlier had clearly been left behind 90 minutes ago. Eddie Thoneick & Abel Ramos’ future Size release of “Love Will Let You Down” eased that swing of temperament, but not for long, as the fresh-from-the-studio production sunk in with a mightier punch than expected. As did the subsequent record, an exclusive of Junior Sanchez & Kaz James’ “Underground Police.”
Between opening curtains and the final scene, shades darkened and textures went from rough around the edges to rough at the core. Steve’s merciless approach to delivering a mix had Residency on assault as the now mean-masked producer blared bigger, meaner tunes. Recent Size gems of AN21, Dimitri Vangelis & Wyman’s “Rebel” and Max Vangeli & Danny Ray’s “Grim,” for starters, embodied the menacing spirit, and Ivan Gough & Jebu’s aggression came with a nod to the still-breathing “Walking Alone” acapella. Onto the finale, the seemingly immortal sampling of “Flash” helped introduced what’s emerging as the dark horse of the Size queue — the soon-to-be enormous “Dizzy” from the hands of David Tort & David Guasa.
“By next time, you’ll probably hear my version of this,” the BBC Radio 1 resident hinted at an upcoming remix in his goodbye, leaving the last few cool-down minutes up to listeners’ imaginations. Steve introduced Saturday, Monday’s “The Ocean,” a record as calming as its title would indicate with the voice of Julia Spada as blissful as any that could be found amongst the circuit. Now the monthly wait is on, once again, but it’s a safe bet that in the meantime, Angello’s remix of “The Ocean” won’t be the only surprise from the Size camp.
- Steve Angello
- Röyksopp – Running To The Sea (feat. Susanne Sundfør) [Dog Triumph Ltd.]
- Daniel Avery – All I Need
- Tiger Stripes – Sisters [Desolat]
- Aden – Whip (Jimmy Edgar Remix) [Ultramajic]
- Leftwing & Kody – I Know [OFF Recordings]
- Tensnake – Love Sublime (Duke Dumont Remix) (feat. Fiora & Nile Rodgers) [Virgin EMI]
- Zoo Brazil – Save Us
- Pryda – F.A.T. [Pryda Recordings]
- Dansson & Marlon Hoffstadt – Shake That (Tom Staar Mix)
- Empire of the Sun & Hook n Sling – Celebrate
- Kryder – Tarzan
- Oliver Heldens – Gecko [Musical Freedom]
- My Digital Enemy – La Bruja
- Trent Cantrelle
- Trent Cantrelle – What I Need [Sounds Like]
- Cristoph – Shelter x Blaze – To My Beat (Acapella)
- Paul C & Paolo Martini – Secret Effect x Tiga vs Audion – Let’s Go Dancing (Acapella)
- Ron Costa – Oslo Museum x Depeche Mode – Enjoy The Silence (Acapella)
- Veerus & Maxine Devine – My Beat [Suara]
- Mark Henning – Exit Acid (feat. Dejan) [Swing Recordings]
- Darlyn Vlys – Floor 112 (Sante + Sidney Charles Warehouse Dub) [Avotre]
- Steve Angello
- Eddie Thoneick & Abel Ramos – Love Will Never Let You Down
- Junior Sanchez & Kaz James – Underground Police (feat. Felix Da Housecat)
- AN21, Dimitri Vangelis & Wyman – Rebel x Swedish House Mafia – Miami 2 Ibiza (Acapella)
- Max Vangeli & Danny Ray – Grim
- Ivan Gough & Jebu – Noxu x Dirty South – Walking Alone (Acapella)
- Deniz Koyu – Ruby [Axtone]
- Congorock & Nom De Strip – Minerals [Ultra]
- David Tort & David Guasa – Dizzy x The XX – Intro x Green Velvet – Flash (Acapella)
- Saturday, Monday – The Ocean (feat. Julia Spada) [Despotz Records]