Norman Doray has been a fixture at Pacha Ibiza this summer, playing at both Erick Morillo’s Subliminal Invasion and SHM’s Masquerade Motel. If that wasn’t enough, the French DJ and producer will release his debut mix compilation, Strictly Ibiza to Amsterdam, on October 10th. The album consists of two discs — Day and Night — which showcase Doray’s multifaceted approach to producing. “I love progressive house and really clubbish tracks,” said Doray, “but I think it’s also important to show people your other face as a producer… I really wanted to go back to my roots of funk and disco.”
Doray’s disco roots are clear in Day, which includes his brand new single, “Kalifornia.” We like the way he incorporates a funky melody with pulsing rhythms and classic progressive house synths.
David Tort’s remix of “Kalifornia” is massive, with a big, bassy drop that reminded us fondly of AutoErotique’s remix of Tiesto’s “Work Hard, Play Hard“
Night features a more typical progressive style, with deeper tribal beats and a much clubbier sound. Tracks include Sebjak & Richard Grey’s “Pump Up The Volume” and Dirty South & Thomas Gold’s banger “Alive.” It’s a pounding, uptempo contrast to the relaxed, groovier Day. The two CDs are distinctly different, offering listeners something to play at a mellow beach party or at an relentless, all-night dance fest.