Mindaugas Jak – Persona (Clinique Recordings)

The 51st release on Clinique Recordings is undoubtedly one of the biggest the label has offered up yet. It features the return of Mindaugas Jak to the label for his second single. The Lithuanian producer last appeared with the excellent ‘Deeplandia’ which was released in February of 2013. Mindaugas’ new single is entitled ‘Persona’ and it comes with a remix from the one and only Pole Folder.

The ‘Persona’ original is a deep and sultry production that features some soulful vocal hooks and a wonderfully, trippy atmosphere. The foundation of the record is based around a funky and intricately produced groove. Once the vocal elements get added in the ultimate flow of the piece is realized and it’s a super smooth journey from there on out. It’s the classiness of the production which really shines here; nothing is overdone and all the elements work together really well for the ultimate deep vibe.

The lone remix is provided by Pole Folder who is making his first appearance on Clinique. The Belgian producer rose to electronic music stardom in 2001 when a string of productions including ‘Apollo Vibes’ and ‘Dust’ were signed to John Digweed’s Bedrock Records. The label then commissioned Pole Folder to record his first studio album entitled ‘Zero Gold’ which was released in 2004. Further productions for Frisky Records, Proton and Baroque solidified the Belgian producers place amongst the electronic music elite. More recently Pole Folder helped launch Michael & Levan and Stiven Rivic’s Kunai imprint with a remix on the labels inaugural release. It turned out to be one of the Belgian producers most talked about productions of the year as it was charted by Guy J, Cid Inc. and Luke Porter. To close the year off Pole Folder delivered another superb remix for Sound Process’ ‘The Unthinkable’ on Sound Avenue which again was heavily favoured by Hernan Cattaneo who featured it in his monthly chart. The Belgian producer has gotten 2014 off to a great start as his ‘Pesona’ interpretation is excellent as well. Pole Folder has gone even deeper and more enchanting than the original here. The softly textured rhythms and haunting harmonics are absolutely to die for and with the backing of a contemporary sounding groove the culmination of all the elements is pretty close to perfection. Superb stuff from Pole Folder and a wicked release for Clinique Recordings. Highly Recommended.

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