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Lonya & Graziano Raffa – Red Rosa (Asymmetric Recordings)

Lonya’s Asymmetric Recordings imprint returns this week and with that we see the label boss back in the production spotlight. It’s been well over a year since the Israeli producer has appeared on his home imprint and this time it’s in conjunction with Graziano Raffa. The Italian producer is loved not only for the outstanding job he does running Hernan Cattaneo’s Sudbeat Music but also for his great productions. Graziano’s discography includes releases on 3rd Avenue, Stellar Fountain and of course Sudbeat Music. His debut appearance on Asymmetric Recordings marks not only his first original production of 2014 but also his first collaboration with Lonya. Together they have crafted ‘Red Rosa’ which comes with remixes from Lars Wickinger and Mohn (NL).

With the musical history that both Lonya and Graziano have you’d expect something unique and exciting to result from the duo’s collaboration and ‘Red Rosa’ certainly fits that description. The straight forward groove is punchy and filled with energy but what’s really exceptional here are the surrounding elements. The track is full of broken or partial musical themes which are not only captivating but quite trippy as well. It’s an imaginative piece of music and one of those tracks that just has a cool vibe about it. The sturdy groove is perfectly dialed in for the floor and the rough, rhythmic stabs add a wicked shuffle which seem to work in perfect unison with the tracks meandering harmonic themes. Because the lead elements are so unique the tracks 8 minute plus running time flies by quite quickly and leaves you wishing there was more. Top tune from Graziano and Lonya.

The first remix is supplied by Lars Wickinger who is making his first appearance on Asymmetric Recordings. The Berlin based producer has been pushing his unique take on minimal techno since 2006 and has over 280 production credits on his discography. Lars’ own ‘So What’ imprint has also been flourishing since its inception in 2011. Created as an outlet to showcase his own productions the label now boasts a 19 man artist roster and has just reached it’s eleventh release. For his ‘Red Rosa’ interpretation Lars has stripped the track right down and delivered a groovy, late night techno bomb. The lead stabs are incredibly dynamic and add immense bounce to the already jumping groove. A buzzing tone modulates though the framework and creates an air of uncertainly and anticipation which not only enhances a great finale but is going to be really useful when programming a set.

The second and final remix is supplied by Mohn (NL) who is making his first appearance on Asymmetric Recordings. Menno Hornman aka Mohn (NL) first came to my attention when he was announced the winner of Mauro Picotto’s Alchemy Records production competition in 2011. The Dutch producer went on to have his composition showcased on Alchemy and has since appeared on Paul Hazendonk’s MNL imprint and Electronic Tree. Mohn’s ‘Red Rosa’ interpretation is my favourite on the release with the original being a very close second. Menno’s done an amazing job chopping up the musical elements from the original and crafting a techno track that is completely timeless. The meaty underbelly of harmonic bass swells is full of textural warmth and as the modulation gets cranked up the emotion of the piece rises. The climax of the record is pure bliss with swirling atmospheres, sonic sweeps and those great musical elements from the original all coming together for an unforgettable conclusion. It’s an exceptional remix from Mohn (NL) and with a forthcoming appearance slated on Hernan Cattaneo’s Sudbeat Music the future looks very bright for this Dutch producer. Brilliant release from Lonya’s Asymmetric Recordings. Don’t miss it.

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