Artist: Hernan Cattaneo & John Tonks
Title: Warsaw
Label: Bedrock Breaks
By: Chloe Harris | 12 August 2005
  • A: Original Mix
  • B: Big Bass Mix

Hernan Cattaneo & John Tonks "Warsaw"

Out Now on Bedrock Breaks

Superstar DJ Hernan Cattaneo follows on from a string of excellent remixes with production partner John Tonks to belt out a gem called 'Warsaw' on John Digweed's Bedrock Breaks imprint. Two fantastic mixes are provided, the original on a more sweeping progressive breaks tip, while the flip is an onslaught of scratchy beats and gnarly guitar driven breaks.

Smooth but crunchy breakbeats start the 'Original Mix' of Warsaw. A complex and intricate percussive bouncing arpeggiator fills in the gaps while the beats shift and move with lots of drum edits and fills. A delayed melody steps in and takes the lead into a soft break where it slows down and bobs making room for some gorgeous sliding pads. The pads are warm but moody and loom in building slowly behind the the other melody. As the breaks pounce back in, everything builds until a bassline appears and takes the tune on its ride. The bass is thick and moves cleverly up and down moving at a rapid pace until it stops up and halts in silence. The bobbing synth reappears this time with a saucy punchiness to it. The layers of pads slowly creep in again, building up until the song punches back in and explodes into a peak time progressive break.

The 'Big Bass Mix' is a dirtier, filthier version with grinding sounds and a blast of a guitar riff. Funkier distorted drums build while a beeping high falls on top introducing a snarling tone hidden in the background. The tone starts to waver and build into a mid section of pulling intensity. Analog squishy bits fill in the rare gaps, while an acid sound wiggles with complexity inside the insanely huge bass. The drop opens into a funky ass guitar riff that easily rivals the Chemical Brothers sound. The guitar fits perfectly underneath summery toms and big bass booms, and the bassline finds its way back in taking charge of everything and engulfing the tune into a massive peak of distortion and funk.

Hernan and John come out on top with this release on Bedrock Breaks. 'Warsaw' is a beast of a tune and with two very different mixes, you'll be able to find your own niche, whether its hard and grindy or lush and progressive.

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