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Funkbrainer – Lantern (Blendwerk)

Our friends at Blendwerk return this week for their seventh overall release. It features the debut of Funkbrainer to the label who is coming off a couple of nice releases on L3D Music, Rezongar Music and Inlab Recordings. The French producers debut for Blendwerk is entitled ‘Lantern’ and it comes with a remix from Noraj Cue.

The title track ‘Lantern’ leads the release off with some heavy tones and very cool vocal gates. The sombre vibe slowly builds with drum elements and a gigantic sweep which eventually reveals the intricate groove. While the delicate electronic clusters dance about in hypnotic fashion some hearty claps and well processed bells slowly work their way into the mix. An air of melancholy comes about when additional pad layers get dropped in just before the main break. The broken beat interlude is very heady with an almost meditative vibe. The ominous layers build mightily though to an eventual drop out where the hypnotic clusters give way for the brooding underbelly once again. The second half concludes with more bell brilliance and a lovely drive which should up the energy nicely on the dance floor.

The lone remix of ‘Lantern’ comes from Noraj Cue who is making his first appearance on Blendwerk. The Dutch producer has been one of 2014’s brightest stars with amazing releases thus far on Manual Music, Asymmetric Recordings and Lowbit Records. His upcoming collaborations on Paul Hazendonk’s ‘Adapt’ album are absolutely brilliant as well and he’s delivered my favourite track on this release also. The overall funkiness that Noraj has infused here really makes it for me. The foundation of the track wobbles away with some great shape and modulation along the way and the semi twisted take on the melodic themes is bold and just a touch epic. Any way you slice it it’s a monster interpretation and one that deserves to be played to a room of screaming electronic music fans. Great remix Noraj.

The second original on the release ‘Rooftop Of My Mind’ is one of the more captivating melodic techno journeys I’ve heard this year. The nine minute plus track transforms itself from something quite brooding and ominous into a deeply emotional affair. The eerie keys and dreary vocal elements cast a very sombre tone early but following a centre section full of wonderful musicality and soulful harmonics the piece is flowing with positive emotions. The smooth chord changes which carry the track through its finale are heart warming as well and should have your whole dance floor smiling. Great stuff from Funkbrainer and a top notch release from Blendwerk.

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