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Dark Soul Project – I Am Who I Am (Golden Wings Music)

Golden Wings Music welcomes Ivan Jamie aka Dark Soul Project back to the label for a brand new EP entitled ‘I Am Who I Am’.

Dark Soul Project

It’s been a very strong start to 2015 for both the label and artist. Golden Wings Music is now just seven releases old but have already featured some of the best progressive techno of the last calendar year. Their last, a single from Mike Griego alongside a remix from Muzarco was one of my favourites and also brought the label to a more techno oriented audience. Dark Soul Project went through a quiet period during the first part of 2014 but came back with a vengeance to end the year. His drum heavy progressive techno hybrid was sounding as fresh as ever and his collaboration with Rich Curtis to start the year was massive. Golden Wings now presents four new cuts from Dark Soul Project which have been much anticipated since the release was announced earlier this year.

The title cut ‘I Am Who I Am’ leads the release off and finds Dark Soul Project with a trippy, peak time style tune that’s sure to be big with the progressive house new school. Ivan’s drummy groove immediately creates a presence and flows with a remarkable energy. With waves of effects running through the framework a quirky lead motif is introduced which is not only really cool but highly memorable. It leads the track into the main break where an emotional interlude gives way for a funky acid line and energetic return. It makes for an even groovier finale and certainly gets the release off to a great start.

The second selection ‘Ding Dong King’ is next and again carries that romping energy which so many of DSP’s fans love about his work. A breathy vocal stab and a subtle acid line tantalizes the senses just before a shimmering lead line gets introduced. It all eventually drops out for the entrance of a cross cultural theme which is pretty spectacular; really unique and otherworldly sounding. It flows effortlessly through the break and morphs into a colossal build (the biggest on the EP) which peaks to drop the stripped groove back in for what should be a huge moment.

The third selection and also my favourite on the EP ‘Clubland’ is next. It’s likely the deepest piece here and for my money also the grooviest. There’s still a big atmospheric energy but it comes off quite a bit more subtly than the previous two tracks, and the groove just has a great flow about it. The main break again introduces a very distinctive theme which is actually quite trancy sounding but totally works, and doesn’t come off as cheesy either. It’s a blissful moment and a another huge drummy build follows which sets up a massive second half once again.

It leads nicely into the most techno oriented piece on the EP ‘To The Top Of The Ceiling’. It’s a nice stylistic shift which closes the EP out after three pretty massive progressive tunes. There are a wealth of quirky, acid inspired lines here which sound quite lovely over the pulsating groove and it’s rough textural qualities give it a nice live feel. A more brooding motif then gets introduced and carries the track through a menacing second act with another huge build and twisted finale. Seems like a fitting conclusion to the EP which is full of big robust tunes that are unabashedly epic for the most part. Dark Soul Project has certainly stuck to his guns on this EP and die hard progressive house fans will be pleased. Don’t miss it.

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