Dopamine Music owner Nikko.Z returns to his own imprint this week for the labels 10th overall release. Nikko has been quiet on the original production front with his last works coming in late 2012 on Dopamine and Rococo. A top remix of East Cafe along with a soon to be released gem on Luke Porter’s Temporum Music has given electronic music fans a small taste of what’s to come here. Nikko’s new double A-side release for Dopamine is entitled ‘Crying / In The Dark Room’ and it comes with two brand new original productions.

The ‘Crying’ original is one of Nikko’s most meticulously crafted works to date. The groove really starts to take shape two minutes in with some vibrant electronics and a soulful vocal sample. The deep and sultry vibe of the production is truly intoxicating and the pristine polish on the drums gives it just the right amount of dance floor oomph. Following a scenic drop an airy atmospheric presence comes over the proceedings which adds a wonderfully emotional element that melds well with deep vibes below. Nikko has also included a second ‘6 AM’ version of ‘Crying’ which comes with an even funkier and more dance floor worthy presence. The well shaped bass line forms a deadly groove in conjunction with the electric sounding drums. Waning hypnotic tones along with some metallic tinged bells push the rhythm higher towards the drop. Here sections of drums build some palatable tension and as the modulation peaks the soaring atmosphere rises even higher. The tough beats and infectious groove then crash back in for the ultimate dance floor moment. A monstrous production from Nikko.

The second original ‘In The Dark Room’ presents a grinding, ominous sounding groove with a very heavy presence. Bubbly acid tones form an undulated bass line with a killer roll while the sci-fi electronics tantalize the senses immensely. The elastic groove modulates and in turn creates some massive hooks which carry the track to the breakdown. A stark sounding backdrop pierces the atmosphere while the razor sharp sound design cuts the air with ferocity. The subterranean groove picks back up with a new twist which propels the track forward to a truly sinister sounding climax that’s going to go down great on all the dark floors out there. Release Promo Hype Chart Top 25

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