New From VANDIT: Russell G – Skala

RussellG SkalaOver 6 years, and now close to 30 track outings, Russell G’s been keeping club floors on their toes with his own inimitable synthesis of trance & progressive house.

He’s released on, and remixed for many of the scene’s leading imprints – Spinnin’, Black Hole Recordings, Armada, In Charge and UltraViolet to tag but a handful. ‘Café Del Mar’, ‘Mantra’, ‘Shimmer’ and most recently (alongside regular VANDIT Bandit Paul Thomas!) ‘Fiji’ have each made significant impacts on Beatport’s trance chart throughout 2014 and early 2015.

This February, with the aerodynamic trance of ‘Skala’, Russell likewise becomes a member of the VANDIT artist family.

Frontend ‘Skala’ musters punch-packing midrange power with its daisycutting drums, tight-as-you-like perc loops, floor-engaging sub-riffs and breathless female harmonics. A cliff dive into the break’s aquiline melodic chords and ‘Skala’ promptly crosses the euphoric Rubicon, with a surging, devastating third act that’ll rattle club rafters from Birmingham to Brisbane!

Giving it a big 8/10 thumbs-up, in their March edition DJ Mag says “Skala’ holds a lot back in its intro”, but “when the riff strikes, it does so with considerably more force than expected, which on the floor comes as the happiest of surprises!”

‘Skala’s out now and available from all good download stores.

It’s little wonder that Russell G has featured at many a renowned venue around the world, playing the likes of Godskitchen, Global Gathering and Sander Van Doorn’s ‘Dusk Til Doorn’ parties, all of whom have entrusted Russell to drop his uplifting and energetic sound on audiences.

Russell’s big breakthrough came from the mighty Godskitchen where he made his debut at their Global Gathering festival on their flagship Boombox stage alongside Armin van Buuren, Eric Prydz & Sasha.

 It’s not just Russell’s DJing that has seen him earn acclaim. He’s the man behind many an underground anthem, with his eclectic, adaptable style seeing the West Midlander release his studio wares on a wide range of labels. ‘The Real Life’ on Spinnin, ‘3AM’ & ‘Solstice’ on Armada, ‘Free For All’, ‘Rush’ & Russell’s collab with Marco V ‘Kalevala’ on Marco’s own In Charge imprint have all brought Beatport chart success.

Last year saw Russell revisit his very early musical influences, resulting in his music developing a trancier edge with great success. His cover of ‘Cafe Del Mar’ reached #4 in the Beatport Trance Top 100 chart, whilst tracks like ‘Mantra’ & ‘Shimmer’ also charted highly. Russell’s music has enjoyed significant support of late from artists including Paul van Dyk, Gareth Emery, Max Graham, Ferry Corsten & Lange to name but a few.



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