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Review | Einzelkind & Giuliano Lomonte ~ Surrounded By You Ep [PTXS012]

Frankfurt imprint Pressure Traxx has been turning out raw and uncompromising cuts since 2012, so at this point were positively spinning at the reveal of each release. That being said it’s a supremely exciting thing to see label head Arno Völker get busy with upcoming Italian talent Giuliano Lomonte for a collaborative effort on the label’s ‘Silver Series’. Lomonte has proven himself time and time again with intelligent and rolling Minimal cuts on vinyl imprints like BROUQADE & Sukhumvit Records, whilst simultaneously contributing to and running his own label ‘point of view. Here we find both artists blending their respective sounds into two hypnotic, bassline driven joints that’ll become a staple in your record bag.

A side cut and title track ‘Surrounded By You‘ warms up proceedings with the playfully pitched thrum of its bassline motif. One that plies its rhythm to a backdrop of softly spoken synth lines. A woman’s vocals echo throughout the mix, hazy and indecipherable, as a rising tide of subtle melodics creates a soothing atmospheric feel on the record. All elements oscillate onwards in a fluid motion with the help of tightly cued drum programming, with hi-hat and snare setting a steady pace.

Onto the B side and we find the raw and energized stylings of ‘Invisible Sensation’. A fierce bassline and sub-bass hues bristle alongside heavy set kicks and breakbeat style rhythmic flow. An instantly captivating combination. Tonal synth notes and bleeps add a heady amount of tension to the mix, as the echoes of pitched vocal snippets ripple throughout the audio spectrum. A powerful groove that captivates the listener with a deep and fluid energy.

Raw and uncompromising cuts.

Words by Hendrik }{

 

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