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Asten – Stay Cold (Stripped Recordings)

Russian producer Asten makes his debut on Stripped Recordings, following up a lovely remix for its sister label last year, while London-based Audioglider returns to the Stripped family for the lone remix.

I’ve been a fan of Asten’s unique and dreamy take on house and progressive for a long time now, and ‘Stay Cold’ is another fine example of what he’s capable of. Built around haunting, cleverly cut-up and looped pianos, the track also features a slinky bass, organ-stabs, and beautifully understated melodies that creep in just before the breakdown and for the track’s finale.

Audioglider’s ‘Syncodacto’ remix offers a downtempo take on ‘Stay Cold’, which lets Asten’s melodies filter in gently over low-key percussion and an elastic bass part, while the second half throws in some unexpected retro flourishes, with a busy bassline and bold hooks. There are some lovely melodic touches throughout, and it’s perfect for those after hours moments.

This isn’t a release that’s likely to rock the clubs, but as you’d expect from Asten and Audioglider, it offers many moments of beauty for fans of subtle and intelligent electronic music – recommended. 7.5/10

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