Founded in 2009, Russian label Green Snake has celebrated over 100 releases with a mandate broadly based on the overlapping genres of progressive, tech and deep house, with a smattering of techno thrown in for good measure.
Following recent, sterling work from artists such as WayWork & Gebio, Monojoke and Sylk Poletti, Green Snake continue their impressive release schedule with Marko Melo and his “Startling Day” EP. The Portuguese artist has been actively producing progressive house since 2008 with a clutch of commercial releases on System Recordings, the now defunct Composure and the impressive “Underwater”, on Reelaux, towards the end of 2012.\
Opening up the two-track offering and already receiving early support from Stephen J. Kroos, Jelly For The Babies and MiraculuM, the tech-infused “Startling Day” is full of innovative bass line strength producing an effective melodic component, while a complex, popping, sizzling percussive section works its stereo magic across the spectrum. The further addition of a thin analogue lead line and other melodic motifs add further texture this haunting house number that has echoes of Martin L. Gore’s earlier instrumental Depeche Mode work, particularly in the final movement.
Partner track, “Warpoon” is another bass-fuelled gem. This time a rasping, gritty, low-end sound filters its way across the track in its entirety, revelling in isolated glory in the simple breakdown. The presence of a locked groove comprising bass element, subtly shifting rhythmic components and a strong kick drum give “Warpoon” a solid dance floor presence that would be well suited to pounding club sound systems. In addition a collage of melodic refrains, in a similar fashion to the “Startling Day” predecessor, give real interest and texture to the relentless bass line underneath.
This is certainly an accomplished release from Marko Melo and Green Snake. Both tracks have enough about them in terms of an innovative approach and strong bass presence to differentiate them from others in a crowded market. For my money, “Warpoon” provides the standout moment on the EP with its wonderfully deep bass character and dance floor sensibilities but “Startling Day” is worthy counterpart.