Mariano Mellino & Juan Astudillo – Kanikoom EP (MNL)

The latest release on Paul Hazendonk’s MNL imprint welcomes Mariano Mellino back to the label for a collaborative EP alongside Juan Astudillo.

Mariano Mellino & Juan Astudillo - Kanikoom EP

For those unfamiliar with Juan he began his production career back in 2008 with an EP for Bellerine Records but then went almost four and half years before his next release, a contribution to Sudam’s ‘We Are The Underground’ compilation. More recently (just last week in fact) Juan released a new EP courtesy of Lowbit Records which stands as his best work to date. Mariano meanwhile, has been on the continual rise this year with a busy tour schedule and recent work for Movement Recordings and Mirabilis Records being quite well received. This is Mariano and Juan’s first time working together and the end result is the highly anticipated ‘Kanikoom’ EP.

The release kicks off with the title cut which comes in with a deep, progressive house vibe. It’s big, round beats and warm, driving groove makes for a great foundation before the duo unleash some lovely hypnotic work. Spiralling synth motifs and gorgeous electronics makes for a stunning first act but the highlight without a doubt is the atmospheric storyboard during the break. Full of emotion, it’s a wonderful ride which culminates with an understated re-entry that’s going to be perfect for those educated dance floors. Lovely work form Mariano and Juan. 

The companion piece ‘Bistrooke’ carries the same deep progressive cadence of ‘Kanikoom’ but with perhaps a darker more heads down type vibe. The groove again is heavy and driving but the complement of atmospherics is much sparser with a construction of bell-like tones creating the lead motif. The main break has the lead dissipate momentarily but the groove stays locked with all the percs left rolling. It makes for some nice tension and the return of the beats is again quite demure and stylized. Two solid cuts from Mariano and Juan which makes for a great release once again on Paul Hazendonk’s MNL. Don’t miss it. 

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