1 MUUI release ‘Silent Signals’ on Sudbeat Music… Out Now @BEATPORT
2 GAR & Phalguna Somraj release ‘Antelope’ on Abstract Space Records… Out Now @BEATPORT
3 Max Wexem & Amaton release ‘Expansion’ on Area Verde… Out Now @BEATPORT
4 Liz Cirelli release ‘Cepheid’ – 2020 Remixes on Mirabilis Records… Out Now @BEATPORT
5 Nadya (RU) release ‘Unicorn’ on ICONYC… Out Now @BEATPORT
We have here some of the greatest Melodic House & progressive tracks of the past week…
MUUI returns to the label with another unique 3-tracker – ‘Silent Signals EP’. The Berlin-based live act continues to create waves with tracks signed to Evocative and Suprematic already this year, it looks to be another strong year for the enigmatic artist. Opening with the title track, ‘Silent Signals’ is a sombre bass experiment with stark cinematic soundtrack backdrops. Rock solid from the off, the sparse groove soon livens up with pads and sonics playfully interconnecting to create a wonderous audio tapestry. Next, ‘Lambent Control’ starts off in a wildly differing way. Tribal, with snappy percussion, the trademark pads and melodics weave along a melancholy path. Finally, ‘Pious Vault’ ties everything together with phat 808 kicks, meandering melodies and soaring pads. Mind music par excellencé.
GAR and Phalguna Somraj , the Indian trendsetter return to the label again and unveil another pure progressive blaster ‘Antelope’. This one is full of captivating drumcode and sonous chords which mingles perfectly with a vintage analog pluck served in a genius arrangement engulfing you from all sides. A perfect one from these two.
Mirabilis 138 is marked by the return of Liz Cirelli and her “Cepheid” track which was originally released in 2009 and found favour with Nick Warren, John Digweed and Henry Saiz to name but a few. Stereolynk take “Cepheid” on a progressive meets techno rollercoaster with a powerful groove and a deep, raw bass line and plenty of manipulated original parts while still keeping melodic vibe. Nichols returns to the label with a stunning melodic techno rework with plenty of growling synths and arped sequences and some interesting work on the original parts and with the addition of lush pads delivers a proper hypnotic monster. The Wash goes all progressive with his tribute mix and the result is a stunning deeper take full of haunting melodies and crisp beats which blend to perfection with the main lines. Last but not least we have Liz’s very own rework. A musical journey with plenty of cello lines and an irresistible bass line along with the rolling melodies from the now classic original.
With ‘Unicorn’ we welcome Nadya (RU) to the label. The EP kicks things off nicely with the title track ‘Unicorn’ and its forlorn moodiness that shines through, as we stroll effortlessly through club inspired melodies, while the sweltering chords sit wonderfully on top adding an extra layer of depth. The track continues to build on an unyielding foundation of deep percussive grooves and bass-lines. ‘Unicorn’ is a skillful piece of music that highlights the duos palpable talents. Next up we have ‘Phoenix’ which features a polished and sophisticated sound profiling, as the pulsating bass powers along, before its drum fills and general warmth all combine to do the talking. Like something from yesteryear, yet sounding fresh and upfront. The transcendent beats on offer take the energy levels up a notch, increase the élan with stripped back and lucid elements, before the luscious pads change the vibe and create a blanket of balminess that wraps around the accomplished groove.