Travis MacDonald & Roberto Traista – Veratrum (Agara Music)

Agara Music’s latest finds two of the label’s steadfast artists showcasing their debut collaboration.

Travis MacDonald & Roberto Traista - Veratrum

Hailing from Canada and Hungary respectively Travis and Roberto have collectively appeared on Agara sixteen times. With Travis being the label owner and Roberto perhaps its most prolific artist a collaboration certainly makes sense and the end result entitled ‘Veratrum’ is quite special.

When I first heard about this my thought was it will be interesting to see what happens when Robert’s starker, almost frigid techno sound mutates with Travis’ great feel for melody and emotion. The piece begins with tough, titanium beats and icy percussion. Before long though a grandiose motif begins to take shape and gradually descends over the framework, eventually initiating the main break. The dramatic tension rises high and just continues its ascent once the beats return for a gorgeous third act conclusion. It’s a wonderful piece of music which carries some of Travis and Roberto’s best production hallmarks, all rolled into an eight minute techno epic.

The lone interpretation of ‘Veratrum’ is provided by Erdi Irmak who is making his first appearance on Agara Music. The Turkish artist’s productions are always quite unique; you tend to get the grooviness of deep house and tech house combined with the melodic sensibility of progressive house, with some cross-cultural motifs blended in from time to time. 2015 has seen Erdi deliver a wide range of music from an electronica LP and EP, to more of his traditional club material, recently released on Asymmetric and Movement Recordings. For his ‘Veratrum’ interpretation Erdi has gone deeper and chuggier with great results. A bevy of rhythmic designs light up the framework while waves of wonky bass power the groove. The main theme is well conveyed here as well but via a much shorter break and more thunderous payoff. Big remix from Erdi which has already won over Hernan Cattaneo who has charted the track for October. Definitely one not to miss. Great release from Agara Music.

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