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Slow Song / Shambala

by Komponente

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Slow Song 06:50
Shambala 06:26
Dancing Days 05:16


Biatch Corp Recordings returns with the debut of Ukranian producer and German success story Komponente. Although hes relatively new to the techno scene, hes spent quite a lot of time in studios, and he even went so far as to start his own Blumenbeat label in 2010 and continues to release music from other artists there. As far as his own discography, hes released originals and remixes digitally for a number of labels including Fack, Moleskine Music, Subself, and Gooseneck, and its no surprise that his tracks are fixtures both back home in the Ukraine and on Russian radio stations.

We here at Biatch Corp in New York find a lot to like about his music its deep, emotional, and expressive, and it sounds great in the living room or on the dancefloor. It is thus with pride that we present the vinyl debut of Komponente featuring remixes from Falko Brocksieper and Bettosun.

Komponente leads off with the first of three original tracks, a bird-call infused, melodic house track titled Dancing Days. Toms and dry closed hats alternate here in smooth fashion guided by a wide, warm bassline thats gradually joined by a horn section. Its a warm, summery groove for afternoon dancing, and he slows it down further yet to a langorous 109BPM for the follow-up, Shambala. Here, echoing keyboard stabs are stretched psychedelically over sounds reminiscent of flowing water before theyre slowly joined by more melodies that suggest a darker hue than the previous track. It brightens after the halfway point as the undercurrents gain a more rhythmic feel and gently push the melodies more forcefully forward.

The final original, Slow Song, is actually faster than its predecessor, and the gentle congos contrast nicely with the kick-hat pattern. Dubby washes slowly creep in from the rear and are again joined by twinkling keyboards to keep things in the easy but propulsive style that is shared by the other two tunes. He takes it out with a vocal pitched down in classic House fashion to close his side of originals on the EP. Remix duties for Slow Song are contributed by the prolific Falko Brocksieper and Mono records label head Bettosun.

Falko clearly isnt holding much back on his effort, and he brings the vocals back closer to normal human pitches and adds extra delay and reverb to make them haunt the track. The rhythm has been similarly reconfigured for extra impact, and he enthusiastically trades melody for rhythmic heft in a series of dexterous percussion switch-ups and mini-breakdowns backed with trippy tweaking of the vocals and other sounds.

Bettosun's version is a dub version in the proper sense with a vast spaciousness and an ultra-deep soundscape. The vocals have been left out entirely, but he keeps the keyboard melodies beautifully intact and carefully balances lighter and darker textures for the duration for an ideal sunrise jam.


released April 5, 2012


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