Dublin underground practitioner Soul Campbell brings a wealth of emotion to a fantastic new single on Ten One Records backed with remixes from label bosses ACI TONA and Air Jackson.
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Campbell, who also goes by the name Drew, has been a key player on his local Dublin scene for the last decade. Besides regular sets at clubs like Opium and Hangar, he also makes frequent festival appearances showing off his deep appreciation for everything from 80s pop to techno, disco to electro.
This new tune was written during a harsh Irish lockdown and references contemporary artists like Palms Trax and The Blessed Madonna while throwing back to a time when Giorgio Moroder and Nile Rodgers were lighting up the charts. The single also marks ten years of Campbell’s immersion in the dance world.
The superb ‘Universum’ is designed for dance, disco, and pop lovers and will bring good times to any set. It has big, skyward arps that bring light and cosmic dazzle. There are airy vocals and a chugging groove with plenty of nostalgic cowbells and imaginative studio effects that make it shine.
ACI TONA and Air Jackson are Irish DJs, producers, and label owners who have helped shape their local scene over the last decade-plus. They use this label to platform vital talents and showcase their studio skills, which they do here and then some. ACI TONA’s remix is a tense seven-minute trip that flips the original into a more tech-edged groove.
The synths grind, the keys still sparkle, and the drums bang that bit harder for main room thrills. Air Jackson’s well-crafted version is somewhere between expansive and cosmic but with steely drums that power forwards over a broad, moody bassline before vast breakbeats erupt and take you to the next level.
This ‘Universum’ release is a powerful package of floor-facing disco that will win plenty of new fans.
02 Universum (ACI TONA Remix)
03 Universum (Air Jackson Remix)
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