Russlan Jaafreh – Entropy (Aethereal)

The final release of 2015 for Aethereal welcomes Russlan Jaafreh to the label for his debut single.

Russlan Jaafreh

Hailing from Amman, Jordon I first heard about Russlan with a release on Deepsessions a few years back. He’s added nicely to his discography with releases on BC2 and BQ Recordings. Now as the year is winding to a close we find him making his Aethereal debut with ‘Entropy’ alongside a huge selection of remixes from John Drummer, Magnetic Brothers, Slam Duck and Volkan Erman & Hypnotic Progressions.

The release gets underway with the original mix and for those that heard his recent Mistique EP you know what to expect. It’s cross cultural motifs, methodical build and old school flair are its strong suit. The main break ups the tension nicely with some piercing tones and darker themes, all ending in a trail of sonic decay, ultimately bringing the groove back for a smooth yet powerful finish.

This is a remix heavy release with four from John Drummer, Magnetic Brothers, Slam Duck and Volkan Erman & Hypnotic Progressions, but all do nicely to bring something new to the original. First up John Drummer takes things in a trippier direction with spooky motifs all backed by a more spacious rework of the groove. John’s been somewhat of a Beatport favourite this year, with several of his tracks making the 10 Must Hear charts and this could be set for a similar fate.

Next up is Magnetic Brothers who deliver what is my favourite mix on the release. Following a drummy, tribalistic beginning the Russian duo bring some serious funk with wonderful bass stabs carving out one hell of a wicked groove. The main motif from the original has been re-processed into something much more psychedelic, which makes for a super twisted break and big moment as the groove slams home for a big finale.

Slam Duck of Macarize and Incepto fame is up next and he really takes the track somewhere deeper and more mysterious, playing off all the dark motifs quite nicely. Filled with cascading themes and rippling layers of synths, it’s a subversive journey from start to finish. The more stripped down portions of the track, particularly after the break are its strong suit, with Slam’s powerful groove and airy backdrop getting a chance to breathe from the heavy synth work which dominated the first act.

The release is closed out with Volkan Erman & Hypnotic Progressions who have a great following in the underground. After hooking up in 2013 this duo have collaborated on a wide range of projects with releases on BCSA and Suffused Music being the most notable. For their ‘Entropy’ interpretation the duo have taken the track in a brighter, more melodic direction and it complements the other versions really well. The playful harmonies and bouncy groove add a new dimension to the original and close the release out on a strong note. Great release from Aethereal who at less than a year old sits as a great companion to the longer running Abstract Space Recordings this year.

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