Lonya’s Asymmetric Recordings has certainly had a great 2013. The Israeli label racked up 10 impressive releases that focused on a contemporary brand of electronic music. Lonya’s created one of those labels that really doesn’t fit into any clique or genre and the broad range of DJ support which the label sees is certainly evident of that. Asymmetric looks to end 2013 on high note with its final release of the year out this week. The labels 11th offering of the year and 82nd overall sees the return of Sagi Berger for his first single entitled ‘Die Prinzessin Der Dunkelheit’.
Fans of Asymmetric may remember the Jay Lucheck remix of ‘Die Prinzessin Der Dunkelheit’ which appeared on the labels ‘Fall Foliage’ compilation. For the official release of the track we also the have the original along with a new remix from Erdi Irmak. I have to say that after listening to the original track it’s absolutely shocking that this is Sagi’s first ever released production. The track is meticulously produced with amazing musicality, fresh sounding electronics and a keen dance floor sensibility as well. The soulful harmonics are what make it so special; the guitars in combination with the wavy electronic bells are a match made in heaven and the brooding, mildly warped bottom end just works perfectly as well. An amazing production from Sagi and we hope there is more on the way soon because this undiscovered talent needs to be heard.
The first remix is provided by Erdi Irmak who (along with Asymmetric) has had a sensational 2013. The Turkish producer is regarded by many (notably Ingo Vogelmann) as one of the years most consistent artists and his remix here looks to be one of his most highly touted pieces to date. Erdi has slowed the tempo down just a touch and provided a more straight forward dance floor rework. The melodic themes from the Original are downplayed slightly as the focus is more on another one of Erdi’s rock solid grooves. The guitar does sound absolutely amazing during the drop though which is emotionally gripping to say the least. Erdi’s mix also has the unique distinction of being featured by Guy Mantzur on his recent mix for John Digweed’s famed ‘Transitions’ show this past week.
Closing the release out is Jay Lucheck’s mix which as i mentioned earlier had already been released as part of the labels ‘Fall Foilage’ compilation. I first heard about Jay with his spectacular ‘Across the Sky’ composition which was released on the Wohnzimmermusik label in June of this year. Jay’s ‘Die Prinzessin Der Dunkelheit’ interpretation puts a deeper and equally charming spin on the track. The introduction of a glorious set of old school sounding stabs is the real highlight here. There’s no doubt it’s going to appeal to a lot of people but as a long time electronic music fan myself i can say i really dig this mix. The word timeless certainly applies here and it’s going to sound great not only on the dance floor but your living room as well. A top notch release from Asymmetric and much respect to Lonya for another fabulous year of running this cool imprint. Highly Recommended. You can purchase the release: here