The fifth release on Intemporal welcomes Dumont & Wagener to the label for their debut EP.
Nico Dumont & German Wagener hail from Argentina but now call Mexico home. The successful DJ duo have shared the decks with a long list of international talent including John Digweed, Hernan Cattaneo, Art Department, Magda, Royksopp and many others. Having appeared on Baires Records and Smart Phenomena Records in 2014 we last heard from Dumont & Wagener in August of 2014 with ‘Plane’, released courtesy of In4mation Records. The mid tempo musical gem sparked great interest and drew from several musical genres making it great for a wide range of global dance floors. Now for the duo’s first release of 2015 they make their Intemporal debut with the three track EP entitled ‘Chine’.
The EP gets underway with the title cut ‘Chine’ which finds Dumont & Wagener with a deep, musical slice of techno. Resonating positives vibes from the outset the sparely laid out production flows through a myriad of plucky motifs. A growling underbelly provides character and the ultimate contrast to the delicate beauty which oversees it. The smooth musicality carries the composition with ease into the main break where the soulful storyboard builds to heartfelt proportions, before the smooth groove recommences for an exhilarating finish. A great start to the EP.
The EP’s second selection ‘Bullet’ showcases a deeper and more thought provoking side of Dumont & Wagener’s studio repertoire. Anchored by clever beat patterns, accentuated with kick layering, the track is immediately compelling. Soft bass tones carve out a laid back groove before a tranquil theme fades into the mix along with a hopeful pad. Additional swells lock the groove down a notch further before more of the duo’s trademark strumy hooks tantalize the senses. Driven by waves of rolling bass the main break adds dramatic tension to the composition’s laid back construction, ultimately preceding a cool and classy conclusion.
The EP concludes with two versions of ‘Magic’; the first of which serves as an intro version with its electronica styled flair and broken beat leanings. Warbly acid lines play havoc momentarily as a twinkly key cluster begins to form. Just as the chimes begin to glistening with a radiant beauty a raspy underbelly charges through to offset the gleaming magic. It’s the ultimate musical contrast and an intriguing one moving forward, as the track more than peaks your curiosity as any good intro piece should. Closing the release out Nico (Dumont) has provided his own version of ‘Magic; which is highly stylized for the dance floor. The solid bass themes from the original forge a great groove while a wealth of tribalistic drums add a bouncy flair. The gorgeous chimes appear amidst the scattered drums with their luminous quality stealing the show, and adding mightily to the well tailored groove as a result. An excellent track to finish of the release and a superb debut EP for Dumont & Wagener on Intemporal Music.