Seamus Haji is one of those rare producers who lives in both the commercial and underground worlds. One moment he is reworking a big pop record by Foxes, The Saturdays, Usher, or Mariah Carey for the dance floor and the next he drops something much deeper, like “Inception.” This new collaboration with Sheldon is much more on the progressive house tip- not stadium, but big, expansive and experimental, with huge washes of synths leading a journey reaching gorgeous heights and down to deep valleys. When Danny Howard premiered this on his BBC radio show, he referenced Eric Prydz, and while there is definitely a section reminiscent of “Pjanoo,” it is neither a knockoff nor an update but more an experimental groove with a variety of influences. Although I am not normally a fan of progressive tracks, “Inception” is something special that could draw new people into the prog world as it really embraces you on an emotional level and takes you on a sonic journey with the many layers that build over its six-minute length.
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