Progressive House Reviews

Subarctica – This Is Nothingness (Abstract Space Recordings)

The latest release on Abstract Space Recordings welcomes Subarctica to the label for a brand new single entitled ‘This Is Nothingness’.

Subarctica

The UK producer first appeared in 2009 with a string of releases on the Ora Recordings imprint out of Montreal, Canada. Long known for his timeless take on deep trance Subarctica’s Abstract Space debut features a slower tempo and a more progressive minded sensibility. It’s a nice departure and the accompanying remixes from Ewan Rill, Following Light and Platunoff are quite strong.

The release gets underway with the original mix which finds Subarctica crafting a deep, melodic number. Beginning with some sparkling atmospherics and a very groovy framework it slowly evolves into a gorgeous slice of progressive house. Drifting textures and gaseous soundscapes dominate the first act and carry the track into the break. Following an enchanting interlude the infectious beats pick back up and with them comes more rhythmic subtleties. It’s makes for a rousing conclusion and a great start to the release.

The first interpretation of ‘This Is Nothingness’ is provided by Ewan Rill who is returning to Abstract Space for his seventh appearance. The Russian producer and Sever Records label boss is fresh off the release of his ‘Change Rules’ EP which is already in the Beatport Progressive House chart after just one day of sales. The EP featured a rougher, more indistinct sound from Ewan and was well received by the underground. For his ‘This Is Nothingness’ interpretation Ewan has taken all those subtle melodic elements from the original and reshaped them into an even groovier, more percussive take. Interesting beat patterns and shifty rhythms add nicely to the groove while a tailored approach to the melodies keeps things sounding fresh throughout. The magic moment comes just after the main break with all the atmosphere stripped away, the inner workings of the groove really shine and set up a gorgeous conclusion. Great remix from Ewan.

The second interpretation of ‘This Is Nothingness’ is provided by Following Light who is making his second appearance on Abstract Space Recordings. The Ukrainian producer and Inmost Records label boss first appeared on the Russian imprint with his remix of ‘Cosmosis’ from Ilya Gerus which was released in June of 2011. 2015 has been a busy year for Following Light, this month alone has seen new EPs for System Recordings, BCSA and Inmost along with several remixes as well. For his ‘This is Nothingness’ interpretation Following Light has stayed true to the themes from the original all while beefing the groove up considerably. Big beats along with a reshaped foundation and crashing claps give it a big presence but it’s the well executed break and gorgeous second half which highlight the track. Lovely remix from Following Light.

The third and final interpretation of ‘This Is Nothingness’ is provided by Platunoff who is making his seventh appearance on Abstract Space Records. The Russian producer first hit the scene in 2013 with a long run of productions for the Emotional Noise imprint. 2014 was highlighted by several appearances on Clinique Recordings and Suffused Music. Platunoff has been prolific this year with 34 releases added to his discography already and many more already forthcoming. For his ‘This Is Nothingness’ interpretation Platunoff has gone much dreamier than the original and it proves to be a great complement. Long trailing effects and indistinct melodies create a lovely emotion and it stays nice and trippy throughout, definitely one of Platunoff’s strongest remixes to date and it closes the release out very strong. Excellent stuff from Abstract Space Recordings. Don’t miss it.

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