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Hells Kitchen – Poet EP (L3D Music)

Italian label L3D Music returns this week for the labels ninth overall release. One of the hottest names in the up and coming, talent rich melodic techno scene has undoubtedly been Hells Kitchen. Russian producer Simon Ermakow aka Hells Kitchen makes his debut on L3D this week with his ‘Poet’ EP. The release includes three brand new original productions along with a remix from Micrologue.

The lead track is one of the EPs strongest, the rolling bubbly textures and tight, crunchy framework are perfect for today’s melodic techno landscape. Hells Kitchen always seems to have a way of creating these amazing melancholic themes and shaping them into something that is both gloomy and melancholic. A very strong start to the EP and one of the best we’ve heard from Hells Kitchen yet. The second cut ‘Station Mir’ is the most progressive house oriented piece on the EP. The meandering atmospheres and sombre chord progressions are emotionally gripping to say the least and once again the razor sharp production really shines here. The third and final original ‘Imaginary Sick’ is the EPs most elaborate and eerie sounding composition. The very clever beat patterns and downright twisted instrumentation is going to be an absolute joy for the more experienced listener and educated dance floors out there. The lone remix on the release comes from Micrologue who is making his first appearance on L3D here. The German producer delivered one of the year’s coolest remixes on Rodrigo Mateo’s ‘Harmony of the Spheres’ for Deersky’s Soundteller Records and he’s come up roses again with a superb rework of ‘Poet’. Micrologue has taken all those warped lines and melancholic themes from the original and re-invented them in a magical way. It’s a much brighter and hopeful journey from Micrologue that showcases some sparkling keys, gut wrenching bass stabs and a crystalline production that’s once again is just a real pleasure to listen to. Top notch release from L3D and their best yet in our opinion. Don’t miss it.

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