Secret Weapons 19: Spiritchaser

On the back of their recent ‘I Remain’ release, Spiritchaser offer up an impressive arsenal of live dancefloor ammunition, so don the bulletproof vests, squadron, as it is time for The Waveform Transmitter’s Secret Weapons.

Spiritchaser are a duo who have been producing electronic music together since the back end of the 1990s. Comprising Mark Bamford and Richard Earnshaw, the pair have enjoyed releases under the Spiritchaser banner since 2001 saw their In Your Hands single dropping on Niche Records sub-label, Niche Blue. Since then, they have racked up an impressive back catalogue of releases and remixes, both on the aforementioned Niche imprint, as well as via their own stables, Guess Records, Quantize, and Papa Records. They don’t only use their label as a vehicle through which to proliferate their own productions; it also acts as a conduit through which numerous other underground artists can make their sound heard.

Their recent I Remain single, which was released at the start of August (Buy Link), saw them traversing the progressive house sound that they have become known for, albeit this time incorporating some serious summer vibes to take the chill out of the air, now that the big yellow thing in the sky has decided it has had enough of enriching our lives with healthy doses of vitamin D. The release, which comes as a radio edit and an extended version, offers up a whimsical tapestry of sounds that evoke hazy days and warm, twilit evenings. The track opens with a quivering string synth that takes us right up to the break, along with angelic vocals, to emotionally engage the listener, before house-y key stabs enter the fray, opening the track up into a euphoric experience.

We have been lucky enough to be granted a peek at what tracks the boys reserve solely for detonation over a packed dancefloor, as we take a look at what sort of weaponry the pair favour over the rest of their ammo cache. Take a look at Spiritchaser‘s Secret Weapons.

SunscreenPerfect Motion (Boys Own Mix/Spiritchaser Rework)

Such a classic remix and a firm favourite from the early 90s that we decided to have a little edit/drum tweak with it for our sets.

Deep Dish ft Everything But The GirlThe Future of the Future

A stunning collaboration that was featured on Deep Dish’s first album…the brilliant Junk Science. Great song writing, beautifully delivered vocals; Ali and Sharam at their very best.

Don CarlosAlone

A truly beautiful piece of music…. Emotive, uplifting, dreamy….Definitely a massive inspiration to us!

SpiritchaserSueno Latino (Epic Mix)

The original 1989 release, by Sueno Latino, is a memorable moment in dance music history. When we did this version, we replayed everything including buying drum machines/samples that were used in the original production to maintain the very elements that made it so special in the first place.

ÂmeShiro

A driving groove that just keeps building and getting better as it rolls along. Love the space between the piano stabs… easy getting lost to this classic!

SandyMake the World Go Round (Deep Dish Round The World Mix)

A real floor pleaser!! A belter!! And another track that has undergone a subtle Spiritchaser retweak for the sets.

SpiritchaserNot Far

One of our favourite productions. It’s amazing how many people have named it as being part of ‘’their moment’, probably on a beach, with a sunset…It’s a wonderful thing to have provided a soundtrack to someone’s ‘moment’.

The TimewriterSuperschall

Since first hearing this record it’s never left the ‘record box’. Everything about this record is just right!!

OutrageThat Piano Track

Released on the legendary Junior Boy’s Own back in 1992, written and produced by the incredibly talented Fabi Paras. A timeless record that was way ahead of its time.

Mr. FingersCan You Feel It

Not many dance records can lay claim to still sounding fresh over 30 years down the road. This absolute classic remains in our sets…hopefully for the next 30 years.

Spiritchaser’s new single I Remain is out now on Guess Records.

Author: Ste Knight

Editor at The Waveform Transmitter. Lover of acid basslines, cavernous kick drums, and dark rooms. Cut his teeth to Surgeon's blistering techno assault at T-Funkshun in Liverpool and hasn't stopped for breath since.

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