The Queen of Techno, Nicole Moudaber, is continuing her reign with a hot new track release ahead of the continuation of her North American tour. Moudaber has added more dates to her winter tour, stopping at Toronto’s CODA on December 27th and San Francisco’s The Great Northern on December 28th, followed by her closing out 2019 with a New Years Eve show at Hollywood Palladium’s Twelve 31 alongside Techno legends Adam Beyer and Enrico Sangiuliano, with support from Gerald not Gerald. She then takes a short break before heading off to sunny Costa Rica for the BPM Festival through January 15th-19th. With all the traveling, you think she’d have a lot on her hands- but those hands have had enough time to turn the dials on her decks in order to give her fans a fantastic new track.
Nicole has created an electrifying rework of Jaydee’s 1992 R&S classic “Plastic Dreams”, which will be released by the record label and events brand Renaissance on November 29th. After premiering on Pete Tong’s BBC Radio 1 show, the track is already garnering massive support, most notably from Carl Cox, who has included the mix as the must-hear track of his recent sets. The original “Plastic Dreams” is considered a classic house anthem, hitting the number one spot on the Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart in 1993. Bearing a distinctively jazzy sound, the track’s defining feature is its synthesized organ melody, which constantly riffs and changes. For some artists, it might be difficult to rework such a classic. Not so for Nicole, who manages to find the right balance of paying homage to the original track while simultaneously showcasing her signature heavy sound.
At the outset, the track is pure tech, heavy with bass and touched with space-age flair. Halfway through, however, that recognizable organ melody comes through, improvisational and cheeky, cutting through the heavy bassline with a touch of sweetness to balance the fiery spice of Moudaber’s Techno. “I didn’t want to lose the essence of this ground-breaking track,” Nicole says about the remix. “I kept the balance between House and Techno and added a little touch of Tazz. I was in New York when I first heard it; I was dancing, I was flying, I was connecting with people, I was making memories. I believe I gave it justice, I certainly gave it a lot of space and respect of its original identity.” Her respect for the track is evident, yet calling it a new twist on an old classic doesn’t do the remix justice- it’s an inspired reimagining that keeps the ethos of “Plastic Dreams” original groove while still creating something that fits perfectly into Nicole’s repertoire.
*Featured Photo via Ruan Van Der Sande*