K Nass - Nephilim (Northern Lights Music)

The much anticipated debut release on Northern Lights Music is out this week and finds label owner K Nass stepping into the spotlight.

K Nass - Nephilim (Northern Lights Music)

The Egyptian producer has been on an incredible run since late last year. Each successive production seems to be better than the last and he’s quickly developed into one of the underground’s brightest talents. His new label Northern Lights Music promises to be one of 2016’s best new imprints and he’s kicked it off in style with ‘Nephilim’ alongside remixes from Rafa’EL and Michael A. 

When an artist starts his or her own label you obviously want to come out of the gate with your best work and I think K Nass has definitely done that here. Dark and driving it sets a serious mood early before crisp electronics fire through the atmosphere and mounds of bass roll with wondrous momentum. Metallic synths add nicely to the tracks cadence and lead to a dramatic main break where waves of white noise and quirky hooks set up a magical drop. It’s big and beefy in all the right ways and the progressive new school should be all over it. A great track which sets a strong precedent for the label moving forward.

K Nass has made two fine remixer selections here as well with both Rafa’EL and Michael A delivering outstanding renditions. We last heard from Rafa’EL with a remix of The Florist on Stellar Fountain and now he returns with one of his career best remixes on ‘Nephilim’. With a chunkier groove and mystical vibe the track flows through a variety of intricate electronic designs all throughout the first act. Rough textures add some lovely character which leads into a well timed break. There’s no massive fanfare here, which is nice, rather a storyboard of aquatic keys and subtle modulation setting up the return of the groove which takes the track to a wonderfully tripped out conclusion. 

Closing the release out is one of the underground’s hottest talents at the moment Michael A. The Genesis Music boss has been getting heavy play from Hernan Cattaneo, Nick Warren and Guy J over the last calendar year and he’s just added Lonya’s Asymmetric Recordings to his discography as well. Now for his first appearance on Northern Lights Michael takes ‘Nephilim’ into groovy progressive territory with great results. The rhythmic themes from the original get broken up a bit here for a spacious, looser vibe and the addition of a vocal hook ultimately gives it that unique touch and seals it’s brilliance in the process. Another great remix from Michael and an amazing start for K Nass and his Northern Lights imprint. Don’t miss it.

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