Devils In The Dust
TBR: 19th July
We've seen him on Shtum, 777, and Lobster Theremin. Now Marvin Uhde, better known as Qnete leans out from his Leipzig window to hand over his trademark progressive, deep house and trance to X-Kalay. It makes perfect listening for a summertime classic EP. Several titles behind him already means that the groove is well established for Qnete. With a clearly defined direction in place, where we go from here will only be further into greatness I'm sure.
A laid back beat opens the music alongside psychedelic whistles and warble tones. A break marks the end of the intro and a bass plunges forward to add its wooden timbre to the flow. New bars give more openings for extra layers of percussive and melodic direction. Human voice samples dance across the icy layers in figures while crafting rhythms and synths knot together in uniform folds. Sand Progression utilises many aspects of tone and rhythm to create a one way ticket from start to finish. There's no stopping this track, the scenery shifts and evolves as the world shuffles past at dancing speed. ,
Atacama Behemoth begins with a sonic wail into oblivion. Then, a compressed beat snakes through the resistance to bring a crackled flow. Slow moving waves of motion rock the track from side to side as a synth tone lifts it from the initial starting block. Sunny horns blow from distant cliffs in a manner not too far away from The Groove Armada. It shifts, organic bells chant a hypnotic composition before a tapping beat breaks through with distorted instruments. As the pressure builds, it flips back over the show us the sunny beach again.
On the flip side of the record, we're hit by track 3. It starts on a female voice emoting a feel for the number. A mixing of abstract rhythms and windy sonics merge to make a foggy scene. Various rhythmic sections make an interesting and clever amalgam of electronics. Chirrups, beeps, and wavering sounds add flavour to a bouncy fuzz bass and staggered drums that clap and snap. It builds and the progression allows a sense of rhythmic predictability as consistent pulses and melodies push through the disjointed and experimental first half. Air Progression makes use of the build of flow and power through many avenues of mix and layer.
Finally, it's Touching Down, Taking Off. Melodic drums chatter in a wooden cacophony as tones on the musical scale bounce from side to side. A digital wavering bass tone pushes to the front. An almost dub-step quality to it gives it centre stage. Phasing beats shift from one side to another in a wave of energy while aspects of the mix reverberate and adjust in each other's glare. A digital progression evokes magical sunlight after a long night of dancing, or maybe it's the sunrise from space. A sense of flying high with a powerful story to keep us afloat makes this final number an uplifting and interesting addition.
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