Music Review: Revivis - Same Thing EP [Quality Vibe Records]

Revivis' output this year has been above steady, to say the least, as the Berlin-based DJ and producer has maintained a string of fine releases and his next one on Quality Vibe Records is no exception. With previous EPs by the likes of Cinthie and Black Loops to name a few, the Italian label once again becomes the bearer of a certain kind of deep house that fuses classic elements with an avant-garde approach.




Title track "Same Thing" immediately leads the EP into the groove with a minimal stripped back attitude, rolling smoothly around the liquid bass, with a swollen kick drum to pack out the lows. The interplay between vintage-sounding synths and vocal chops add to the groove whilst the crunch of the MPC drums give it a sweet analogue grain.




A2, "Influxt" gets super dubby, with an insistent analogue pad that literally smears on the entire track. The overall atmosphere is hazy and the fat 909 groove enriches it keeping your feet moving. As soon as the track progresses, a subtle acid line finds its own spot in the mix, driving the track till the end on its 6+ minutes ride.


On the flip, "Wait" follows the line and brings along a tight tech-house groove with sharp and swingy drums. The bassline is large and beautiful and is worth alone the entire piece. Chords come in, introducing some tense dissonance. The swell of the pads pushes the groove, taking the track in and out of breaks. Nervous hats hit fast, while the clap digs deep creating a flawless and continuous shake along with on-point garage-style snares.



Closing track "You Smile" goes super deep with lovely sampled chords that dominate the scene as soon as they make their appearance. The simple and effective harmony stands out perfectly on top of uber swung drums, to this a 90s female vocal, creating a very old school mood while staying tight and contemporary perfectly rounding out a very cool EP thus confirming Revivis as a one to watch for the future.






Words by Francesco Quieti & Francesco Zambianchi