Robert R. Hardy – Dark Explorations EP (Superordinate Music)

The latest release on Superordinate Music welcomes Robert R. Hardy back to the label for a brand new EP.

Robert R. Hardy - Dark Explorations EP

The UK imprint has fast established itself as one 2015’s best new labels and Robert appears to be becoming a core artist as he is now making his third appearance in the last two months. In addition to Robert Superordinate is now home to several of the top new school progressive artists like Michael A, Dmitry Molosh and Jorgio Kioris. The labels 10th release features three brand new originals from Robert who once again has crafted some amazing musical journeys.

The release begins with ‘Balance’ which shows Robert’s uncanny knack for creating chunky, grooves and tripped out atmospheric designs. The well carved foundation is a touch acidic and with an undulating roll that plays wonderfully of the crisp drums. As spacey designs begin to fade into the mix the track opens up even more, eventually peaking with a trail of effects which gradually initiates the main break. The second interlude keeps things cool and classy before the stripped groove returns along with some atmospheric glimmer for a great finale.

The EPs second selection ‘Deytar’ finds Robert going deeper, dubbier and more atmospheric. There’s an evolving storyboard of hazy harmonies and effects laden designs which intensify to eventually reveal a spacious and dramatic break. Quite ominous but somehow with a sense of hope the beats pick back up and continue the journey into more reverb drenched sheets, while the thumping groove and scattered claps keep your feet moving. Lovely stuff from Robert. 

The EPs third and final selection ‘Soulfian’ has proven to be the most popular amongst DJs thus far and once the groove begins to take shape it’s not hard to see why. The intricate drum work and spoken word storyboard are immediately captivating and add great mystery and intrigue as the production progresses. The groove is lean and mean, allowing those vocals to sit nicely and ultimately coming to the forefront during the main break. There’s no big build or heavy dramatics here, Robert knows he’s got a great groove and idea working with the vocals and he lets it play out perfectly. A mystical sounding production and a perfect end to another great EP from both Robert and Superordinate Music. Highly Recommended.

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