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Paul Hazendonk’s MNL label returns this week for their 41st release and a brand new single from Julio Largente. It’s the Argentinean’s debut on the label which follows a very strong remix for Agara Music just three weeks ago. A huge moment in Julio’s career came when his ‘Darkened Underpass’ was selected by Nick Warren for his Balance 018 compilation. He has since gone on to appearance on Cinematique, Opendecks and Agara Music. Julio’s debut single for MNL is entitled ‘Haiku’ and it comes with a remix from Dartek.

There was something special about Julio’s recent remix for Agara. His atmospheric take on Alberto Blanco & Marcelo Paladini’s ‘High’ was a pleasant surprise and his latest single Haiku’ is equally magical. The track begins with an enchanting sequence of bells and a roughly textured foundation of bass swells. A short break serves to introduce a fuller complement of drums and a soft ambiance which grows towards the main drop along with some cool chord changes. The sparkling glass-like qualities of the main break are sure create a wonderful atmosphere on the floor and the second half takes things a step further with a gorgeous musical climax.

The lone remix on the release is provided by Dartek who is making his first appearance on MNL. A long time veteran of the talent rich Argentinean scene Dartek’s discography includes appearances on Natura Sonoris, Noizen and Baires Records. He’s always had a unique production style that incorporated elements of cutting edge techno with melodious rhythms and his interpretation of ‘Haiku’ is a fine example of that. In adding a tougher, funkier foundation and more prominent sounding drums Dartek has delivered the ultimate compliment which still retains the delicate melodic themes from the original. Can’t go wrong with either version here, a great release for MNL.

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