Manual Music welcomes Qbical back to the label for his latest artist EP entitled ‘Space Flight’.
The Dutch producer has been one of Manual’s primary artists dating all the way back to the labels fourth release in 2006. His appearance here marks his 38th overall but comes after a near yearlong absence since ‘Plane.Arium 2.0’ was released alongside a Ron Flatter remix in April of 2014. This year promises to be much busier for the Dutch producer and his new three track ‘Space Flight EP’ gets the ball rolling.
Qbical has always been a unique talent, if you go back and listen to his first EP ‘Warm Fuzzy Electronics’ there’s a cool blend of sonics there which we’ve seen develop monumentally over his almost 10 year career. It’s never been more evident on ‘Space Flight’ which is rich in fascinating motifs. The lead piece ‘Space Debris’ is a housey, swing heavy production that begins unassumingly and then quickly morphs into the quirky, melodic brilliance we’ve come to expect from Qbical. There are a bevy of cool hooks amidst those eccentric bleep sequences and they certainly make for a rushy ride.
The EPs second selection ‘Velocity’ is a techno stomper which is led by a mean, acidic groove that certainly packs a punch. The introduction of a catchy synth line pushes the track to the main break where a piano theme gets introduced along with a bass mod which quickly summons the return of the groove. It’s big and playful which on the right floor could generate a huge reaction.
The EPs third and final selection is ‘Final Approach’ which serves as the ideal closing piece. It’s broken beat framework and acidic groove sets a great foundation for some absolutely gorgeous melodies. Fully realized during the main break and tweaked in that unique Qbical way it’s a theme that really shines. With the proper programming I could totally see this ending a night in style. A gorgeous tune to round out another amazing collection of music from Qbical. Highly Recommended.