Bombis Records proudly reaches the fantastic milestone of 50 releases and marks the occasion with an excellent new EP from label head Paul Donton with his regular collaborator and studio partner in crime Rob Pearson. For this special 50th Bombis release, taken from their forthcoming 12 track LP ‘Keys to The Kingdom’, Paul and Rob invite the legendary “Voice of House Music” Robert Owens to lay down his unique vocal stylings. They also unveil an all new logo for the imprint and for this special package, enlist remixes from Orlando Voorn, Alexi Delano and Clive Henry & Alex Jann.
With more than thirty years as a gifted singer, songwriter, producer and DJ under his belt, Robert Owens is very much the most celebrated voice in house music. ‘Tears’, ‘I’ll Be Your Friend’ and ‘Ordinary People’ are just some of the tunes that have borne Robert Owens’ amazing voice and that have gone on to become truly classic dance records. Donton, meanwhile, has played all over Europe and clocked up key support from DJs in the know, while Pearson is a real house ambassador with a rich history dating back years and credits on a wide range of essential labels.
The excellent ‘Visualize’ is a fresh house track with dynamic drums and metallic hits that bring the groove. The soulful, intimate vocals of Robert Owens add human warmth and the whole thing is super crisp so is designed to make a real impact. The Instrumental strips things back to the raw and essential grooves.
First to remix is Orlando Voorn, the Dutch techno talent who links his homeland with Detroit and has for well over twenty years now on labels like R&S and others. His version is a more techno charged tune with writhing synths and coarse hits that bring real tension and drama as the echoing vocal oozes through the mix. Next up is another long time Swedish techno talent in Alexi Delano, a label boss, Turbo, Poker Flat and Visionquest associate and innovative producer. For his remix he keeps the core components but gives a more swung, broken beat tech house flavour, adding silky filter sweeps and a funk lead keyboard line that adds a new dimension to the original.
Lastly, Clive Henry, well known as one half of the legendary production duo Peace Division and of course for his residency at Circo Loco, teams up with studio partner Alex Jann to deliver their take on proceedings. Clive & Jann’s interpretation brings a whole new definition to the term deep with wonderfully crisp elements. It is lush yet superbly moody and dubby, and is perfect for 6am in the warehouse.
This is another standout release from Bombis, which has been one of the most reliable and on form labels of recent years. Here’s to the next 50.
2. Visualize (Orlando Voorn Mix)
3. Visualize (Alexi Delano Mix)
4. Visualize (Clive Henry & Alex Jann Mix)
5. Visualize (Instrumental)