Ri Za – Square (Symmetric Records)

Oscar Holgado’s Symmetric Records returns this week for their seventh overall release and welcomes Ri Za back to the label.

Ri Za - Square

The Dutch imprint has impressed in its first year of operation and already has a nice roster of artists which includes Namatjira, Jaap Ligthart, Stephen J Kroos and Yuriy From Russia. This week finds Symmetric presenting a new single from Ri Za who is making his first appearance on the label. The Slovakian producer has been enjoying the best year of his career with appearances on Traum, Stellar Fountain and System Recordings. Ri Za’s unique take on progressive house has made him one of Slovakia’s top production talents where he grew up with inspiration from Hernan Cattaneo, Sasha and John Digweed. His debut single for Symmetric is entitled ‘Square’ and it features remixes from Ewan Rill, Dio S and Monojoke.

‘Square’ is one of Ri Za’s funkier more old school sounding tracks of late. There is a distinct early to mid nineties Sasha vibe happening here. The mix of galloping rhythms, distinctive vocal samples and full, round bass lines make for a great party record. The majority of Ri Za’s music of late has been of the cooler, modern progressive variety so this is not only a departure but a welcome surprise and one that will stand out in his discography.

The first remix of ‘Square’ is provided by Ewan Rill who is making his first appearance on Symmetric. The Russian producer has amassed an unfathomable discography this year which includes over 100 releases. His ‘My Muse’ EP on Balkan Connection last week has been a recent highlight and he’s turned in another fine effort here. With a spacey, modern flare Ewan has reworked ‘Square’ into something much more suited for today’s contemporary dance floors. A well produced, floor friendly groove carries the main theme nicely and a wealth of great transitions keeps the vibe quite fresh throughout. Good stuff from Ewan.

The second interpretation is provided by Dio S who is also making his first appearance on Symmetric. A long time staple of the progressive house scene Dio S has made his mark on a variety of top underground imprints including Movement Recordings, Dopamine Music and Soundteller Records. For his ‘Square interpretation Dio has stripped the track down a touch a delivered a deep, atmospheric beauty. Backed by a distinctive and hypnotic groove Dio has added some amazing warmth to the track. Glowing pads and wispy vocals dominate the main break and lead to a gorgeous payoff which sets up a huge second half. Great remix from Dio S.

The third and final remix of ‘Square’ is provided by Monojoke who is fresh off a great contribution to Proton’s Fall Particles compilation. The Polish producer has continued his prolific ways this year with standout productions on BC2 and Clinique Recordings. He’s transformed ‘Square’ into something quite trippy and very engaging. From the unique groove to a barrage of warped rhythms and twisted harmonies there is a lot to like about this. The vocal stabs too have this unique dull texture to them which really works with the rest of the druggy production qualities. My favourite version on the release and most likely one of Monojoke’s coolest remixes this year. It rounds out a top notch release for Symmetric Recordings in fine style. Don’t miss it.

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