Monojoke – Crimson (Just Movement)

The 20th release on Just Movement finds the label showcasing new interpretations from its stand out ‘Just Summer’ collection.

Monojoke - Crimson

Released in July the ten track exclusive compilation was a hit throughout the progressive underground. One of its standout selections was undoubtedly Monojoke’s ‘Crimson’. The Polish producer has broken through in a sense this year with chart and mix support from Guy J, it’s something every producer dreams of and his continued pursuit of progressive excellence has paid off. Monojoke’s funk infused grooves and strong lead melodies were some of his most memorable to date and now we see Alejandro Manso, K Nass and Tash updating it for the fall club season.

The first interpretation of ‘Crimson’ is supplied by Alejandro Manso who has become a fixture of the Just Movement roster in recent months, now making his third appearance. As one of Mexico’s brightest new talents Alejandro’s productions seem to get better with each successive outing. For his ‘Crimson’ interpretation Alejandro has taken a more techno inspired approach and it proves to be a great complement to Monojoke’s melodic original. Anchored by a rumbling groove and a wealth of twisted electronics the compositions drive is immense. The Mexican producer expertly builds tension during a rhythmic break, culminating in a rush of white noise and moment of eerie silence before the punishing groove returns for a big moment. An excellent club rendition from Alejandro Manso.

The second interpretation of ‘Crimson’ is supplied by K Nass who is returning to Just Movement for his second appearance. The Egyptian producer first appeared on the scene with a string of releases for US label System Recordings and their System Odio offshoot in 2013. Before long K Nass had added quality releases on Stellar Fountain, PHW Elements and Sleepless Nights Recordings. His debut on Just Movement saw him overhaul Rogier & Stage Van H’s ‘Jericho’ into a dreamy masterpiece of deep progressive. Now for his ‘Crimson’ interpretation K Nass has gone in a trippier and more stripped down direction which again complements the previous two versions very well. Led by several metallic motifs and a long harmonic refrain, it’s not long before the interwoven elements play havoc on your senses. A dreamy overlay adds that subtle emotional element which has now become a trademark of K Nass’ productions, and ultimately provides a conclusion worthy of a few goosebump moments. Gorgeous work from K Nass.

The third and final interpretation of ‘Crimson’ is provided Tash who is making his third appearance on Just Movement. The Greek artist and Movement Recordings label boss has been one of his country’s most influential electronic music figures for almost a decade now. His work promoting events and showcasing both fresh and veteran artists is unparalleled and his Movement Recordings label has flourished as a result, with a catalog that now spans well over 200 releases. He’s been busy in the studio of late with both original and remix work being showcased on Majestic Family, Visceral and of course his own Movement imprint. For his ‘Crimson’ interpretation Tash has once again delivered something that’s both fresh and inspired. In taking the strong melodic elements from the original and reshaping them in a more club friendly and decidedly housey framework the track has gained an immense dance floor sensibility. Strong hooks and fluid rhythms rule the day here and a well crafted break, accented with ethereal motifs makes for a sensational conclusion. Excellent work from Tash who continues his strong run of productions here.

Also included on the release is a new original from Monojoke entitled ‘Voice of Reborn Planet’ which finds the Polish producer going a touch deeper with excellent results. The grit and character of Monojoke’s productions remain his strong suit, along with some musical hooks which complement an overlay of celestial sounding pads. As the piece builds the swirling atmospheres meld into a vortex of gorgeous sonic colour, which ultimately initiates the main break. Here Monojoke expands on the musical themes all while keeping the vibe very laid back and indistinct. It’s a dreamy moment and one which closes the release out with an amazing vibe. An excellent offering from Just Movement who continue to push for progressive excellence.

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