The latest release on Lonya’s Asymmetric Recordings finds the label showcasing two brand new interpretations of ‘Enosis’ from Tash & Uvo.
Originally released as part of the Israeli imprints ‘Summer Aesthetics’ compilation in July of this year, the track was a stand out during the warm festival months. Now as the year is winding to a close we see label boss Lonya calling upon Navid Mehr and Danny Lloyd to update the track for the winter season.
Navid Mehr’s solo career certainly seems to be heading to a great place. The Canadian producer began the year with a release on Hernan Cattaneo’s Sudbeat Music and followed that up with outstanding remixes for Dopamine Music, Proton Music and Sound Avenue scattered throughout the remaining months. I’d say he’s becoming one of the more sought after producers in the underground yet still chooses his projects wisely, one look at his discography exemplifies that pretty clearly. Remixing Tash & Uvo on Asymmetric Recordings is certainly a great project as it not only marks the one and only time the Greek, Mexican production duo have collaborated together but the original version of the track is full of wonderful elements to work with. Navid has taken the piece deeper, into the mysterious realms of progressive techno. Thick beats and gargantuan swells make up a menacing foundation while the subtitles of Navid’s atmospheric storyboard begin to work their magic. There are a bevy of indistinct themes running though this one and as with most great progressive minded productions it’s the minor details which really shine. Set up perfectly by a slow building first act, the chord changes coming out of the break are emotive magic and work wonderfully lead melody, ultimately bringing all the elements together for that perfect minute of sonic bliss. Beautiful work from Navid and a great way to cap off what has been a tactfully thought out and creatively brilliant year for the Canadian producer. 2016 looks bright, can’t wait to see what comes next.
The second and final interpretation of ‘Enosis’ is provided by Danny Lloyd who is making his first appearance on Asymmetric Recordings. The Italian producer has been relatively quiet this year with just one release on Proton’s Particles. It was the excellent three track ‘Espejismo’ EP which also yielded a superb remix release, showcasing new interpretations from Rick Pier O’Neil & Desaturate and Michael A. It’s hard to believe it’s been 18 months since the debut of Danny’s Nocturna project (in conjunction with Andrea Cassino) on Hernan Cattaneo’s Sudbeat Music but time has certainly flown by. There are some producer’s that have an effortless appeal about their work and Danny’s always been someone that’s fit nicely into that category for me. There’s a fluent vibe about his productions that make them a joy to listen to and also great for a contemporary dance floor. His ‘Enosis’ interpretation is no different with its slow building hypnotic drawl and methodical approach. A well carved foundation makes for a wicked roll which is nicely complemented with mesmerizing percussion. It’s light and airy backdrop eventually opens up, ultimately initiating the main break. Although brief, it showcases a lone vocal sample which pierces the air with an emotive pull. A minor detail in most tracks but in Danny’s ultra sleek construction it’s the perfect device to reignite the groove for an exhilarating finish. Wonderful work from Danny and let’s hope we hear a bit more music from him in 2016.
By all accounts Lonya’s Asymmetric Recordings had a great year. Not only did they celebrate their 100th release in style but they continued to ignore the traditional music policies that most labels carry. It’s a refreshing approach and one which Lonya should be applauded for, let’s see what 2016 brings for Asymmetric, I’m looking forward to it.