Progressive House Reviews

Namatjira & Mz. Sunday Luv – Painters Dream Time (Asymmetric Recordings)

The 84th release on Lonya’s Asymmetric Recordings is out this week and it’s one of the labels strongest in quite some time. I absolutely loved Sagi Berger’s ‘Die Prinzessin Der Dunkelheit’ which was released in December of 2013. The release further solidified Asymmetric’s place amongst the electronic music elite as it was featured on John Digweed’s Transitions show by none other than Guy Mantzur. This week sees one of last year’s hottest producers making his debut on the label. Namatjira opened a lot of people’s eyes last year. The Dutch native delivered a long line of impressive productions for: 3rd Avenue, Asymmetric, Dopamine and Perspectives Digital, the latter of which was a Beatport Top 5 release. For his debut single on Asymmetric Namatjira has teamed up with Canada born but now Berlin based vocalist Mz Sunday Luv who many may recognize from her work with Smash TV and Derek Howell. Their first collaboration together is entitled ‘Painters Dream Time’ and it comes with remixes from: Khen and Noraj Cue.

Mz Sunday Luv‘s sultry vocal stylings and Namatjira‘s deep and enchanting grooves are a match made in heaven on ‘Painters Dream Time’. It’s one of the most soulful sounding grooves we’ve heard from Namatjira. The well textured foundation is incredibly sexy and the groove stays perfectly restrained in order to let Mz Sunday Luv‘s breathy vocals add an air of trippy / resonance. It’s one of those pieces that sounds absolutely perfect for setting the atmosphere of a room and the wide range of emotions that are evoked from the track are captivating to say the least. Very strong stuff from Namatjira and Mz Sunday Luv.

The first remix is provided by Khen who is making his first appearance on Asymmetric here. The Israeli producer was responsible for one of last year’s most critically acclaimed records. ‘Moments Becoming Endless Time’ in conjunction with Guy Mantzur was released on Hernan Cattaneo’s Sudbeat label in October and by year’s end the record was showing up in everyone’s top 10 tracks of 2013. Khen continued his strong ways to close the year out with an incredibly groovy remix of Luis Bondio & Mariano Favre’s ‘The Magic Ride of Mr. Roscor’ which was released on Movement Recordings towards the end of December. 2014 shows Khen just gaining even more momentum as he’s delivered the standout remix on this release. The Israeli producer has worked some serious magic on ‘Painters Dream Time’. The dark underbelly sets a sinister tone early on and provides the perfect canvas for Mz Sunday Luv’s haunting vocals. Khen’s crafted some seriously electric bass stabs which make the records foundation bursting with ultrasonic quality. The maturity of the record is what I really love about it though; Khen is a producer that never tries to do too much. The excellence of the groove and character of sounds is so perfect here that it doesn’t need to try and go too big. It’s just a perfect contemporary club record. Top stuff from Khen.

The final remix on the release is provided by Noraj Cue who is also making his debut on Asymmetric Recordings. The Dutch producer is much loved for his productions on Manual Music, Connoisseur and Crossfrontier Audio. His recent remix for Agara Music was an office favourite and he also delivered one of last year’s best bootlegs with his remix (in conjunction with Paul Hazendonk) of Viridian ‘Sunhump’ which was an old Sasha favourite from 1996. Noraj has provided a wonderful complement to the previous two mixes as it’s a much bouncier more playful sounding interpretation. The rolling key sequences are incredible hooks and once all the drum elements drop in the groove really comes to life. As the track continues to build a lovely set of harmonic stabs brightens things up even further and parts of the vocal are expertly woven throughout. The short ambient interlude calms the proceedings just enough for the introduction of an extraordinarily funky complement to the bassline which elevates the production all through the second half and on to a smooth finish. This is by far the dubbiest version on the release as well so for the less vocally inclined this is certainly the mix for you. This is a release that not only looked great on paper but actually delivered beyond expectations. Khen’s mix is one of the best remixes thus far this year and I can’t recommend it highly enough.

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