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Stas Drive – The Memories Of The Future EP (E Sound Records)

Stas Drive - The Memories Of The Future

Stas Drive makes a smashing debut on the surging E Sound Records with his ‘The Memories Of The Future’ EP.

Stas Drive - The Memories Of The Future

As another year is drawing to a close a myriad of new electronic music imprints have been formed. One of the most intriguing has been E Sound Records. The UK label began rather quietly with a release from Lautaro Varela in late July but it’s been a quick rise ever since. Now five releases in and E Sound already has a formidable artist roster that includes Andrew Best, Antrim, Hugo Ibarra & Uvo and Kobb; add to that and they’ve also debuted the promising new artist Guhus. The labels sixth release is out this week and once again they welcome a hugely talented and much hyped producer in Stas Drive. The Ukrainian producer’s debut EP for E Sound is entitled ‘The Memories Of The Future’ and it comes with two brand new original productions.

Stas Drive has been a much talked about producer this year. With forthcoming releases on Nick Warren’s Hope Recordings and Guy J’s Lost & Found the future looks quite bright for the Ukrainian native. ‘The Memories Of The Future’ EP kicks off with ‘Dune’ which has been a staple of Stas Drive’s sets of late. It’s slow building melodic energy is tastefully done and the complementary layers of finely tuned electronics are absolutely gorgeous. There’s a very nice bounce that the groove carries; an effortless kind of wobble which gives the whole track a nice organic feel; that’s really what I love about it. There’s a lot of mechanical sounding electronic music out there which really lacks feel. This however does not, great stuff from Stas.

The companion piece ‘Faraway Suns’ has been much talked about in the underground since Hernan Cattaneo featured the track on his Resident podcast in April of this year. This one is a touch more sinister with a big squelchy synth leading the way and building an electric vibe early on. Subtle rhythms get the groove in full swing and then Stas Drive’s trademark accents begin to get introduced. The melodic themes are so understated and yet there is a radiant beauty which emanates from the wispy atmospheric swirl. A great complement to ‘Dune’ which caps off another top notch release for E Sound Records who are building quite an impressive discography. Highly Recommended.

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