Sever Records follows up a great first release with an equally exciting second from Reflection Soul.
Ewan Rill’s Sever Records had it’s inaugural release just two weeks ago and it not only featured the label boss himself but also made the Beatport Progressive House charts; which for a new label is basically unheard of. The labels second release showcases another talented Russian producer in Reflection Soul who presents his three track ‘Overture’ EP.
Robert Besmaternykh aka Reflection Soul first hit the scene with his releases on Balkan Connection and Mistique Music. They were remarkable debuts which had a polished production sound of a seasoned producer. Robert’s only gotten better over the last few years and ‘Overture’ features more of his moody progressive style which everyone has grown to love. Robert’s provided two versions of it, the first of which is the ‘Sad Mix’ which features smooth, laid back grooves and wonderful instrumentation. There is a great flow from start to finish with one gorgeously dreamy break and the lead motif; a jangly guitar riff is signalling that summer can’t be too far off. The ‘Sun Mix’ adds a great vocal gate, even funkier grooves and a much more grand sounding approach. It’s unabashedly epic and definitely the most ‘feel good’ track Reflection Soul has ever produced. Both versions are well done and offer something quite complementary.
The companion piece ‘Energon’ finds Reflection Soul crafting a much more hypnotic, late night sounding creation. Fluid vocal loops, esoteric electronics and a rolling, momentous groove lead the way here. A sequence of big bassy swells feature heavily during the two breaks and add a subtle melodic motif which given the hypnotic leanings is quite powerful. The records second act goes through some subtle shifts with a bleepy line and acid inspired hooks providing the sensory stimulation. It all makes for a very strong track and actually my favourite on the EP. Great stuff from Reflection Soul and a top notch second release from Ewan Rill’s Sever Records.