Tom Trago is a long time contributor to the Rush Hour Recordings roster, but here, the next chapter in his prolific career, he turns up on fellow Dutch imprint Dekmantel, with whom he has worked with at their infamous parties for over 10 years. It’s the fourth long-player to date from highly-respected Amsterdam purveyor of deep subterranean house vibes, following up 2013’s ‘The Light Fantastic’. The title track is taken from the place in the Netherlands where Trago recently
relocated to and forms the backdrop for this new record, that has all the quality and depth that we’ve come to expect from this highly acclaimed producer, but with added space and width that his new coastal environment, away from the hustle and bustle of the big smoke of Amsterdam, clearly provides. If you are lucky enough to have experienced one of Trago’s legendary extended sets at Trouw (before it sadly closed down), you’ll know he’s an artist who likes to take his time and is comfortable exercising a level of restraint both on the floor and in his productions, that pays dividends in the long-run, gradually unfolding over time, to tell a story that is much greater than the sum of its parts. Like all the best places in the world, this is one record you might just find yourself wanting to revisit, time after time.
Where to start:
‘Always Be With You’ – stand-out track with Tom Trago’s girlfriend on vocals.
‘Zeeweg’ – some classic b-boy electro inspired vibes.
‘Working Machines’ – album closer, a proper club workout.
Tom Trago – Voyage Direct (Rush Hour Recordings).
Tom Trago – Use Me Again – And Again (Rush Hour Recordings).
If you like this then check out:
Hunee – Hunch Music (Rush Hour Recordings).
Kerri Chandler – Dj Kicks (K7!).
Tom Trago’s Bergen LP is out now on Dekmantel.