Miguel Migs – Dim Division
Dim Division is the latest artist album from Miguel Migs: the veteran US producer who enlists a starling array of vocal talent on this moving, vibrant and cohesive LP.
Miguel Migs is one of the most respected DJs, producers and label owners in house music; an artist whose influence on the current musical landscape cannot be overlooked. Migs personifies the soul-driven vibe of both the Naked Music and Salted label projects in which he has been involved and, hailing from San Francisco himself, has been influential in cultivating and pioneering the famed ‘West Coast scene’.
Combining the best of the electronic music world with live instrumentation, he has carved out a deep, soulful niche, which carries with him the undying respect of his peers.
Rather than simply packing it full of club-ready tracks, with Dim Division Migs has created an album more focused on the listening experience. Throughout his multi-faceted career, Migs has always created a wide variety of music. Dim Division focuses on the songs, with intimate songwriting and vibrant yet subtle production taking precedent over peak-time dancefloor appeal.
Dim Division is a collection of house and downtempo gems that exemplify the very best aspects of Migs’ production aesthetic: fresh, buoyant and deeply soulful music that lifts the spirit, from the languorous chords of opener ‘I Can Feel It’, through the neon-flecked bounce of ‘Just Fade Away’ to the infectious groove of ‘Heartbeat’.
On Dim Division, Migs has also collaborated with an impressive international selection of artists including UK soul singer Omar, long-time collaborator Lisa Shaw, Andy Allo (who toured with Prince on guitar/vocals) and many more all making remarkable additions to the album.
“I take inspiration from many different genres and try to combine these creative ideas into something cohesive, with the listener in mind but in a ‘dance’ driven direction” says Migs of the creative process. “I love the whole process of writing and creating songs and I try to simply just do what I’m feeling, experimenting with sounds and ideas.
“Hopefully the outcome connects with a few people out there on a deeper level.”
A feast for the heart as well as the feet, Dim Division shows that the longer Miguel Migs stays in the game, the better her gets.
Dim Division is out 26 October 2014 (CD and digital) on Soul Heaven