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Han Haak – The Reformist (Symmetric Records)

The latest release from Oscar Holgado’s Symmetric Records welcomes Han Haak to the label for a brand new single entitled ‘The Reformist’.

Han Haak

The mysterious UK artist began his production career in June of 2013 with an appearance on Sound Avenue’s very well received ‘Summer Sampler’. The track ‘Slaves In Transit’ was the lead piece on the release and was eventually remixed by hundreds of hopeful producers as part of a contest put on by Sound Avenue. 2014 and 2015 saw other huge successes; most notably ‘Rusted Robot’ which received a remix from Quivver. Now Han makes his debut on Symmetric Records with ‘The Reformist’ which includes a remix from label artist Namatjira.

Han has become well known for his pristinely produced techno and that’s exactly what we get on ‘The Reformist’. The beats literally sound titanium coated their so tough, and the finely sculpted bass stabs certainly carve out a killer groove. The first half is electrifying with a near boundless energy driving the piece forward. The magic moment comes at the tail end of a tension filled break when a rush of drums and beats culminates for what should be an electric moment on the dance floor. Massive work from Han.

The lone interpretation of ‘The Reformist’ is provided by Namatjira who is making his second appearance on Symmetric Records. The Dutch producer has been an integral part of the Symmetric artist roster since the labels first release. It was Nanatjira’s ‘Mawara’ single which launched the label just over a year ago. The release was a resounding success and is still one of Symmetric’s best selling. The Dutch producer looks set to have a big summer season, the release of his highly anticipated album on 3rd Avenue is later this month and he’s more than peaked everyone’s curiosity with an excellent remix here. The tough techy nature of Han’s original is downplayed a touch with a deeper and groovier rework. The mean stabs as well have been reshaped into something far less menacing and the vocally pads (which vaguely reminds me of ‘The Baguio Track’ by Luzon) bring a softer atmospheric sheen to the proceedings. It’s a wonderfully complement to the original and also one of Namatjira’s most progressive minded remixes. Excellent stuff which rounds out the release on a strong note. Don’t miss it.

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