After the huge success and consequent UK charting of his single ‘Turn Me Out’ late last summer, Russ Chimes has resisted bashing out a follow up in a similar vein to his admitted “Track for DJ sets that ended up on the radio”. Instead, after a long run of shows, he decided to head back into the studio and hit reset, working on a new batch of music that spoke more about him as an artist. Following on from a surprise free track ‘Motions’ a few months back, Russ, through is own imprint Uno Mas Records, now adds the latest section to this foundation with the release of ‘Sula’ EP.
Russ Chimes – Sula
Release Date: 14th July 2014
Label: Uno Mas Records
Format: Digital Download
The first track sees Russ dive into areas no one would quite expect after ‘Turn Me Out’. A bold move and statement ‘We Need Nothing to Collide’ is a slow, brooding piece of slow-mo dance music. Ultra cinematic, it borrows flavours from some of Russ’s recent film soundtracking work – working with Director Alex Nicholson (See – Mr X), and shows there is much more to his musical personality than his last hit would suggest.
Twinkling syncopated pianos weave in and out of heartbreaking pads and thunderous 808 kicks, punctuated with ethereal vocal samples techno stabs and snare cracks, leading up to a stirring string section. It’s moving, reflective ‘staring into the distance’ music at it’s very best, and a brave move to release something so left, but perfectly illustrates the width of Russ’s musical world and the parameters in which he is on a mission to explore and push on his journey.
Following closely is ‘Your Love’, a riff led house track from much more of a familiar place. A trademark piano line and retro flavoured bassline set the foundation for Russ’s own vocals to flow in and out of bittersweet strings set to a crunching disco tinged house groove. It’s not a peak time weapon in anyway, but is restrained and elegant, evocative and warm.
‘Sula‘ finishes the release and gives it it’s name. An altogether more uncompromising disco cut, it kicks off with a groove which builds and builds to thunderous bassline which slams in off the first break. It’s a track that would be as happy at a summer festival as it would in a sweaty club or blasting out of a car. Big bold bass riffs and fat, chunky beats are in full effect here, combining cowbells grooves with progressive stabs, techy pulses, and elegant vocal cuts.