Pick of the week: DIMA – Sounds Of Life EP (Citizen Records, CTZ045DIG)
￼Before the explosion of the Poney EP – including the hit „La Rock 01“ – in 2001 on International Deejay Gigolo Records, Vitalic had a previous artistic life under the alias of Dima. Today, Pascal Arbez-Nicolas is reactivating the Dima moniker for a live tour and new 12“ to be released on his own label, Citizen Records.
Flashback. The Dima project blossomed in the thick of the 1990s rave scene in France. It absorbed its en- ergy and fed back into it. „Dima was a techno project based on energy, kind of a crazy project with dark, cerebral music,“ explains Pascal. „In the beginning, in 1996, Dima‘s sound was almost hard techno during my live shows, close to the martial German sound of the era.“ Based in Dijon, the producer witnessed the heyday of the An-Fer club, the city‘s techno/house mecca. It‘s here that Pascal familiarised himself with musical culture, with visits from some of the world‘s best DJs (Jeff Mills, Laurent Garnier, Lil Louis).
With just three 12“s in three years (1996-1999) as Dima, Pascal became a personality in the French under- ground scene, but after tiring of raves, he wanted to invest in a new project. Vitalic was an evolved version of Dima, a project where techno could rub shoulders with pop and disco, one conceived for albums – four so far – and energy-filled live shows on the world‘s biggest stages.
„Right now, I want to bring Dima back to release some 12“s and make some techno that‘s a little rawer. I want to get that spontaneity and energy back, and make music in a more fun way, with conceptualising it. Dima is the perfect identity for expressing all that. It‘s also a great way to relaunch my label, Citizen Records!“
For the four tracks on this first 12“, dubbed „Sounds Of Life“, Dima employs the powerful sounds and thick textures of Modal 008 and Arturia MatrixBrute synths. Using these modern machines gives the tracks a contemporary sound, while the structures of the compositions take us back twenty years into the past.
A1 / Washing Machine
„This track has a mix of bass and drums reminiscent of 90s techno, with that hangar sound that brings to mind the echo of the old warehouses where raves were held. There‘s also a hint of trance, thanks to the arpeggios.“
A2 / Sounds Of Life
„This Dima track is sometimes close to the sound of Vitalic, as there‘s no change in tone. I use a new synth on it, a Novation Peak, with lots of bell and acid sounds swirling around.“
B1 / Tushuss
„This is a unreleased track that I already play during Vitalic live shows. I wanted a techno section in the ODC Live, with some classics, and I also composed this track for it: a dancefloor techno number that‘s both energetic and effective, something that gets inside your head and takes control of your legs. I created it for Vitalic, but it actually sounds more like Dima!“
B2 / Just Like In 1998
„With its discrete, worrying baseline, and drums that I made with a plugin for the TR-909, this track epi- tomises the Dima sound. There‘s also the dark vocals during the break that take you right back to the heyday of raves.“
Tracklist: DIMA – Sounds Of Life EP (Citizen Records, CTZ045DIG)
01. Washing Machine
02. Sounds Of Life
04. Just Like In 1998