Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Horizons-Pokhara @ Dawn [Landscapes Music]


If you have been frequently following my reviews then you are certainly aware of the respect I hold for smaller labels and artists who are trying to achieve their well deserved attention. One of the labels that has been making waves of its very own in the dance music scene is "Landscapes Music". I have covered quite a few of their releases as they always find the way to amaze with the sheer quality of their work and artists they showcase. 

 This time I set my sights and ears for that matter on the brand new single by the "Landscapes Music" owner himself, Shyamol Maracci. He frequently demonstrates his production skills under his artist name "Horizons". His new single is called "Pokhara@Dawn" and what a stunner it is!

 The kicks and bassline quickly set the pace of what lies ahead while the rest of the key elements fall into place. An assortment of finely chosen effects add to the heightening of the senses as a unique fusion of mystical, epic yet motivational melodies slide make their appearance. 'Tis without a doubt an aural journey into some of the places less traveled in our miraculous, mystifying world we all inhabit. 

 Visions of hiking through broken down trails come to mind, as we eagerly make our way towards the mountain top. Birds begin their morning songs hidden in their own world, tucked away beyond the dark trees, giving us a serenade of their very own while we inhale the crisp mountain air. Once we reach the summit, the view we witness is incredible. We are quickly filled with a proud sense of accomplishment as we gaze upon the world below. The sun begins to make its appearance shyly in this forgotten corner of the world and an instant flooding of serenity encircles us. 

 This is an artist that has often taken us on a musical journey to places unknown and does so once more, giving us a glimpse into a world very few of us have had the opportunity to lay eyes upon!

Released: 4/6/2021

Label: Landscapes Music 

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

D72-Without You [Coldharbour Recordings]


Markus Schulz's record label "Coldharbour Recordings", often takes pride in the search and discovery of new talent, ready to emerge like a soaring eagle into the dance music scene. One of these talented individuals is German producer Dirk Wershofen, that goes by the artist name of "D72". You may have heard some of his past productions such as "Together" along with "Dan Iwan" or his very own "Magika". This time he set his sights on the harbour of all things dark and groovy and offers us the magnificent "Without You". No wonder this was quickly snatched up as you will realize further along.

 From the very first moment we are swept away into a world wrought of darkness and gloom. It is ever present only allowing tiny slivers of light within. A moody bassline with a distant echo dominates the whole space before us while the rest of the elements begin to gradually settle in. The steady booming allows the mischievous percussion in to play, while out of the darkness and gloom a kind of dark horn makes its dramatic appearance as if to call upon lost souls. A broken down choir takes its part as emotions of absence are firmly planted within. Rhythmical synths and proggy grooves play their part accordingly, enhancing the already emotional charged atmosphere as male vocals find their way ever inward. These vocals are expertly paired up amongst shimmering crystal-like effects and sheer melodies that continue the emotional ride ever forward. Feelings of longing and sadness are slowly but steadily becoming replaced with perseverance, hope and utter determination. 

 An expertly crafted tune packed with the exact stuff to keep us satisfied while at the same time making us crave for more!

Released: 19/3/2021

Label: Coldharbour Recordings 


Saturday, May 15, 2021

The Blizzard-Torden/Feather [AVA Recordings]


The dynamic duo from Norway who have given us so many divine tunes over the years are back with a fresh two track release on "Andy Moor's" renowned label "AVA Recordings". Of course the artists in question are Tore Vatle Jensen and Lars Nyheim, otherwise known to the dance music cosmos as "The Blizzard". Their unique ideas and aural soundscapes have brought them far in this life and they continue to astound their peers and fans alike with their vivid ingenuity in the studio. Their new release consists of two very special tracks: "Torden" and "Feather".

 "Torden": Melodic bliss is unleashed into the void from the very first moments of play. Lush melodies dance playfully amidst the rumbling thunder while reverse female stutter effects and energized rhythms all play their part in creating a harmonious yet emotional wrought soundscape. It is filled with positive reinforced vibes that seem to float carefree on the very air itself. Images of rare beauty unfold within our mind, swiftly transporting us to lands beyond our very imagination.

 "Feather": BTesque effects are expertly thrown in here in good measure alongside ethereal female vocal effects and bright, joyous synths that do the track's title absolute justice. Dreamy, floating melodies and pumping basslines do the trick in elevating our mind and senses to an ideal world where only beauty and happiness are its inhabitants. Sorrow and anguish do not exist here and we are free to pursue our dreams full of hope and inner strength.

 Magical tunes by these two musical geniuses. Their craftiness and ideal musical landscapes have us already dreaming of their next release!

Released: 26/3/2021

Label: AVA Recordings 

Monday, April 26, 2021

Meanda-Far Away E.P [Landscapes Music]


"Landscapes Music" is a label that purely focuses on releasing a selective amount of musical material, never going for a truckload of releases at a time. Each release is carefully selected to fit the label's perspective and view in the elaborate world of electronic dance music. The label's A&R happens to be Austrian producer "Meanda" and when not shifting through demos he of course works on his own original music, which has a distinct character and sound to it. His brand new E.P lands on home turf and is quite the spectacle as you will quickly realize. His new E.P contains the original and an alternate version of his track "Far Away" which you will undoubtedly devour in one take.

 Eerie melodies are expertly paired up among fire forged subterranean basslines, water-like droplets,curious effects and moody grooves with a minimalist junglesque percussion lurking in the background like a wretched fiend out to strike when no one is aware. A marvelous fusion of dark, monochrome grooves which originate in the progressive territory, alongside stripped back rhythms that appear in the futuristic palettes of techno which instill chills and thrills throughout the deepest depths of the listener's soul. 

 The alternate edition of this tune is dubbed "Find Yourself version". It contains several similarities to the original, building on the foundations of its originator while emphasizing on extra amounts of drama via its lead synths, its sleek progression and its reinvented hypnotic basslines.

 An adventure like no other unfolds as we make our way into the darkest depths and underbelly of our world. An exploration within lost caverns long abandoned where darkness lies, crystals form like long lost jewels and stalactites hang from the ceiling as if representing the fancy crystal chandeliers of old. The echo of water trickling down the crevices can be heard in the distance as we move on armed with courage, a flaming torch, curiosity and a rising feeling of adventure that begins rippling through our skin.

 Another striking E.P by "Meanda" and the "Landscapes" crew. Perfectly suited for those 3AM sessions that we all love to get lost in!

Released: 30/4/2021

Label: Landscapes Music 

Sunday, April 11, 2021

Rezwan Khan-Apollyon [Perfecto Fluoro]


New York resident "Rezwan Khan", has rapidly becoming one of the scene's most riveting artists. His approach towards the genre and his craftiness of constructing a beat that easily stands out among all others is most certainly his forte. One of his recent releases the genre defying "Underground Anthem" under his "VaNISH" alias, gained him a return to one of dance music's most prolific labels: the mighty "Perfecto Records", brainchild of British dance music legend "Paul Oakenfold".

 His new creation brings him to Perfecto soil once more. This time he showcases his production skills on Perfecto's sublabel, the glorious and mesmerizing "Perfecto Fluoro". "Apollyon" is the name and in a way it is a continuation of the saga of its predecessor. Rezwan's affinity for those intriguing, mystifying dark beats has lead him down a familiar path once more.

 Dark, abysmal patterns lay out before us while eerie, hazy melodies like phantoms parade in mid air  amidst blood curdling effects that creep out from every dark corner startling one and all. Just as we begin to calm down, wild and wicked leads emerge from the shadows spreading fear and chaos in their path, ready to dominate our mind and crush our soul with their might. Darkness and decay are here in full force while hope seems to have long been abandoned. This one packs a mighty punch giving us a glimpse into a world wrought by darkness, despair and utter deconstruction. What was once fair and pure has now become foul and broken. The end may be nigh but humanity has and will continue to persevere making its final stand when the fate of all things has come to wither and die. 

A tune that will not easily be forgotten as "Apollyon" is here to stay! Another sure hit for "Rezwan Khan".

Released: 12/3/2021

Label: Perfecto Fluoro 

Monday, April 5, 2021

Ronski Speed-Greyskull [Subculture]


If you have been following the dance music scene quite closely over the last decade you have certainly come across the name "Ronski Speed" quite often. The man behind the name is German mastermind Ronny Schneider, who has been supplying the dance music cosmos with a vast number of anthems over the years under his alias "Sun Decade" or his main producer name "Ronski Speed" of course. From "Sun Decade-I'm Alone" to "Ronski Speed-The Space We Are (feat. Sir Adrian)" or more recent anthems in the making such as "Cassia" and his collaboration with "DJ T.H" and "Ben Lost"-"Downfall", this artist knows the exact formula to deliver an instant future classic. 

His exquisite remix work has also played its part in placing him in the trance pantheon with remixes like "Eye Of Horus" by "Aly & Fila", "Burned With Desire" by "Armin Van Buuren feat. Justine Suissa" and "Alone Tonight" by "Above & Beyond feat. Richard Bedford" are prime examples of his expertise in the field. Add to all this his DJ performances all over the globe, this guy is simply a machine that does not stop. Even in lock down state his creativity has not been stagnant and here he is delivering some fresh tuneage for 2021. Out now on well known Irish DJ/Producer "John O' Callaghan's" famed label "Subculture"is the uber anthem that answers to the intricate name "Greyskull".

 "Greyskull" is an explosive affair from the very first seconds of play. Immersed by pumping basslines, ecstatic grooves and acid synths spread out quite eloquently among a whirlwind of swirls and other fun effects. We make our way prominently along the rugged path that leads towards the grounds of the grand castle that lays out in the distance. Gasping in awe of what we hold before us we are instantly ambushed by a plethora of majestic melodies as if spout out by some of the Kingdom's finest minstrels and are pleasantly surprised by rejuvenating, mighty leads that demonstrate the full power, magic and potential of this regal stronghold. As the drawbridge drops to welcome us weary travelers within its ramparts we are flooded with a sense of adventure, duty and filled with an aura of goodness and inner strength. Another glorious tune of epic proportions conjured to life by one of the scene's finest producers. Surely an ode to the heroes of his childhood who reside in the far away Kingdom of Eternia!

Released: 15/1/2021

Label: Subculture 

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

The Boy From The Future-The Day You Will See The Light [Landscapes Music]

 Labels have been known to pop up like mushrooms in the scene ever since dance music's inception. Every once in a while a label is born with the fundamentals of greatness. One of these labels known for their unique approach, roster of artists and sound is certainly "Landscapes Music" owned and curated by Shyamol Maracci. Their latest release once again calls to arms a "Landscapes" regular: "The Boy From The Future". This talented producer is back showcasing the progressive sound he has become known for, if you have been digging deep through the "Landscapes" releases. His new single is titled "The Day You Will See The Light" and it is out now.

 This futuristic inhabitant brings forth solid progressive grooves fortified by lush vibes and an onspray of positivity and promise demonstrated through the expert use of steadfast percussion, minimal use of effects and a more than welcome downpour of illuminated melodies, which surely bring a glimmer of hope, shining light into the darkest and most abandoned of places. Images come to life within one's mind of lands long dark and forgotten, at last gaining the gift of the ever nurturing sun upon the fertile soil. We all stare and marvel at the glory of nature as new life is sprung from the ashes. A reminder to humanity that no matter how hard things may get hope is always lurking around the corner.

 This artist brings a ray of light into our lives with his new single. If you are seeking a dose of happiness on a difficult day, this one is just right for you!

Released: 29/3/2021

Label: Landscapes Music