Alberto Blanco & Marcelo Paladini – High (Agara Music)

The 22nd release on Travis MacDonald’s Agara Music is out this week and it sees the return of an exciting production duo to the label. Alberto Blanco & Marcelo Paladini made their debut on Agara well over a year ago with their remix of Beat Syndrome’s ‘Fallen’. The 10 minute plus journey was one of the duo’s best remixes of the year which they followed with excellent releases on 3rd Avenue and Mistique Music. For their return to Agara Alberto and Marcelo have crafted ‘High’ which includes remixes from MNR and Julio Largente.

Like all Alberto Blanco & Marcelo Paladini productions ‘High’ is a well crafted hypnotic composition. What really separates this from most of their other productions is the charming melodic content. The warm bassy swells which make up the foundation are simply divine and give the track a nice momentous energy. As the composition reaches its heart the full melodic theme is realized with glassy bell-like clusters slowly fading into the mix and carrying the track on a magical second half journey. Well crafted stuff from Alberto and Marcelo.

The first remix on the release is provided by MNR who is making his debut on Agara here. Ryan Dennis aka MNR has quietly amassed a very impressive discography over the last few years. There’s something very unique about his productions and he’s crafted another beauty here. Appropriately coined ‘Wave of Euphoria’ MNR’s interpretation has taken all the charming melodies from the original and reshaped them into a blissful wall of shimmering beauty that really stands out on the release. The goosebump potential is sky high on this one.

The second and final remix is provided Julio Largente who is also making his first appearance on Agara Music. A huge moment in the Argentinean producer’s career came when his ‘Darkened Underpass’ was selected by Nick Warren for his Balance 018 compilation. Julio quickly followed that up with an outstanding release on Paul Hazendonk’s MNL label. Julio’s ‘High’ interpretation puts a more stripped down atmospheric twist on the full and lush sounding original. Sweeping siren-like wails and delicately textured rhythms dominate the second half conclusion which is a lesson in understated beauty. I honestly hadn’t heard too many of Julio’s productions in the past but there’s something special here and it rounds out the release quite nicely. Solid stuff from Agara and one of my favourites from the label so far this year.

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