Three years on from the release of his critically acclaimed debut album, Scottish producer Grum surprised many this year when he returned with a more underground house sound. That surprise soon turned to delight as Everytime the first single off his new album was supported by everyone from Annie Mac to the online community, and that delight should turn to euphoria with the release of The Theme, the next single taken from Grums forthcoming second album Human Touch.
Inspired by Simple Minds classic Themes For Great Cities, The Theme is an unashamedly epic house track, built around soaring strings and a synth refrain that fizzes like a Mentos sweet dropped in a bottle of Diet Coke. Offering a completely different take on the ongoing 90s house revival, Grums The Theme rehabilitates progressive house and trance motifs, creating a track that will have your hands in the air so long it should come with limb support.
With remixes for the likes of Booka Shade, Kelis, Marina & The Diamonds and Ellie Goulding to his credit, its fair to say that Russ Chimes is a man in much demand. Taking time out from adding his golden touch to pops hottest, Russ expertly takes a scalpel to The Theme, teasing out the tracks individual elements before bringing it all together and turning it into a full on sun-setting-in-Ibiza piano house monster.
Taking things down a notch or two, Spanish producer Daniel Trims remix takes us in an unexpected direction. Skippy hi-hats, muted organs and soft pads give the track a smokey, intimate, late night feel, providing a sublime juxtaposition to the occasional sunshine burst of the tracks euphoric strings and that as the track builds to a climax combines to hit you right in the feels.
Finally Glasgow newcomers Those Beats provide a mix that acts as the 6am, sun rising over a hill yang to the originals peak time, strobes and smoke yin. A softer take on the track, its synths float above the beats, dreamlike and light as a feather, providing up all night clubbers with a gentle passage into the new day.
Combining an encyclopedic knowledge of underground electronic music with a head for the catchiest pop melodies Grums debut album, Heartbeats, won over everyone from Mixmag to The News of the World, Zane Lowe to Jo Whiley. Now with electronic music bigger than ever, Grum is back to soundtrack 2013 with what is sure to be one of the most anticipated dance records of the year.
Support from: Alex Metric, Betoko, Mia Dora, Viadrina, Doctor Dru, Bill Brewster, Omid 16B, Andy George, Tensnake, Trickski, Aston Shuffle, Hernan Cattaneo, Larry Tee, Paul Harris, Steve Aoki, Rob Da Bank, Mighty Mouse, Louis La Roche, Andi Durrant, Richard Sen, Mood II Swing, Shivas/FFRR, Mash, Ovr Kill, Linda Marigliano (Triple J), Lewis Dene, Tim Paris, Brett Gould, Stacey Pullen, Neoteric, Alex Caslano, Matt Nugent (One LOve), Holosound, Phil Kelsey, Harris Robotis, Mastercris, Benoit (Tsugi), Illyus, Nacho Marco