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Last updated on May 18th, 2019 at 04:05 am

Arapu – Atipic Lab 001 [Atipic]

Coming from Priku‘s Atipic minimal techno laboratory, Atipic Lab sets off with Arapu delivering a groovy and sophisticated 2-tracker EP. With all releases being titled only with their catalogue number, the label is widely known to deliver top-notch electronic dance music coming from renowned artists, as well as emerging talents. This release is different as the tracks are titled this time, marking the beginning of a new musical endeavor by the Romanian label, although there’s no official statement about this, yet.

Based in Bucharest, Ionut Arapu has been putting out records since 2011, although he cultivated his passion for music since he was 15. He is now one of the leading DJs and producers in Romania and his music enchants large crowd all over the world. The sound that he brings forward has a distinct playfulness, incorporating driving synths, captivating basslines, intricate percussion and lush textures. His works have been published by labels like Eastenderz, Pressure Traxx, Vinyl Club Records, Te Iubesc Records, Understand, Vant, Movida, Memoria, Midi Records, CrazyJack and, of course, his own vinyl-only imprint Liniar Records, founded in 2015.

Atipic Lab 001 features two exotic cuts, carefully designed in the spirit of the Rominimal sound, showcasing once again Arapu’s versatility as a music producer. On Side A we find “Slower”, a chilled yet groovy composition. The track delivers a steady paced rhythm imbued with deep and long pads, as well as a melodic sequence of background chords. The percussion is clean and flows with elegance, while subtle layers of effects contribute to the build-ups. On Side B there’s “Blues”, a more uplifting and complex cut that continues the story. The percussion develops into a multi-layered pattern containing some string sounds and unconventional glitched cuts, as the driving bassline delivers a pumping atmosphere. Various background textures come in and out of focus making this track very hypnotic and danceable. The build-ups create a breathing space through reverberating notes, then to resume to the dynamic rhythm.

Catch Arapu showcasing his skills at Mioritmic 2018 in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. The party starts on Thursday, 4th of October and the line-up looks delicious!

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Listen to the snippets and grab your copy of Atipic Lab 001 at deejay.de.


Artist: Arapu
Title: Atipic Lab 001
Label: Atipic
Cat. number: ATIPICLAB001
Release date: 07.09.2018
Format: Vinyl-only


Words by AndreiB


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