Travis MacDonald – Afterwards (Soundteller Records)

The latest release on Soundteller Records welcomes Travis MacDonald to the label for a new single.

Travis MacDonald - Afterwords

The Canadian producer and Agara Music label boss has delivered several excellent productions this year. The most recent of which was a groovy remix of Kamilo Sanclemente’s ‘Magnetic Flux’, released two weeks on Abstract Space Records. Given Travis’ busy mastering schedule it’s a miracle he finds the time to produce at all but he’s certainly delivered a beauty in ‘Afterwards’ for his Soundteller Records debut. 

Aside from being an incredibly underrated producer, Travis is also quite versatile. I’ve followed all his productions for the last couple of years and he’s adept at crafting a wide array of genres. Lately Travis has been focusing on the dance floor and that’s exactly what we get with ‘Afterwards’. Almost everything Travis does originates from a techno state of mind I think and the tough, rugged beats here point that way as well. Following a DJ friendly intro, complete with anticipatory pads and a rough tonal theme the piece grows into a celestial beauty. Glimmering overlays heighten the senses at the records highpoint and create a laid back yet somehow solemn and a touch epic conclusion. Gorgeous music from Travis and perhaps one of his most melodic creations yet. 

The first interpretation of ‘Afterwards’ is provided by Biologik who is making his second appearance on Soundteller Records. The Canadian artist has been making his mark in the progressive underground for years, primarily through excellent work on Proton Radio’s flagship imprint Proton Music. Well known for being a studio maven and all round gear aficionado Biologik’s productions always bring something cool and unique. For his ‘Afterwards’ interpretation Biologik has taken the great themes from Travis’ original and put his own techno inspired twist on them. The angelic nature of the original is well conveyed but the addition of an acidic storyboard adds some wonderful character and thus contrast. It’s slow burning groove grows methodically and with some lovely dramatic flair, eventually peaking with the 303 igniting the atmosphere and the warm overlays hitting all the right emotions. Wonderful remix from Biologik.

The final interpretations are provided by Dustin Nantais who is making his second appearance on Soundteller Records. It’s been an incredible year for Dustin, with the Lee Burridge supported ‘Marching Through The Universe’ being one of many highlights. Dustin has supplied two interpretations of ‘Afterwards’, the first of which features the vocals of Moscow Noir. It’s a radical revamp with a much chunkier groove anchoring the framework, with the celestial appeal of the original still shining through. The vocals add a lot and really play more like an additional instrument in many ways. Their drifting, somewhat druggy nature is really appealing and work marvellously well with Dustin’s warm, groovy surroundings. For the less vocally inclined Dustin has also provided a dub mix which brings the same chunky groove and strong musicality minus the vocals. Two great versions which close the release out on a strong note. Great release from Deersky’s Soundteller Records once again. Don’t miss it. 

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