Tears To Sound by Ilija Rudman
Over the last decade and a half, Ilija Rudman has been responsible for many high quality releases, delivering distinctly warm, sun-kissed, analogue-rich material on labels including Bearfunk, Instruments Of Rapture, Compost , 20/20 Vision, Electric Minds, Is It Balearic Recordings, Rong Music , Classic Music Company and of course, his own Red Music imprint.
Even so, the Croatian has rarely made anything quite as deep and sensual as the material showcased on this first full EP for NuNorthern Soul. Top billing must go to the “Aquapella” version of “Tears To Sound”, a spellbinding acapella cut that puts the enchanting vocals of storied soul man
Andre Espeut front and centre.
When Rudman sent the track to old friend Phil Cooper, the NuNorthern Soul boss thought it sounded like something he’d hear from US deep house legend Ron Trent. So, he approached the Prescription co-founder to see if he fancied remixing it. As you might expect, the results are astonishingly good.
Rich in rising and falling new age melodies, darting synthesizer motifs, languid piano flourishes and heavy analogue bass, Trent’s wonderfully ultra-deep interpretation naturally gives pride of place to Espeut’s seductive vocal. Even by the Chicagoan’s infamously high standards, his epic mix is incredibly special.