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VA – Bilateral Series Volume 1 (Moonchild Records)

The latest release on Moonchild Records finds the label presenting the first installment of their Bilateral Series.

Bilateral Series Volume 1

The Costa Rican imprint has been quiet since January of this year when label owners Sotella and Javier Portilla released their ‘Your Eyes’ single alongside remixes from King Unique and Juan Deminicis & Pablo Acenso. The aptly titled Bilateral Series is set to showcase two singles from two artists alongside two remixes. A cool concept and the label has called upon Han Haak, Gvozdini, Uvo and Alex Nemec & Nik Feral to kick off the project.


The release begins with ‘Graffiti Kid’ by Han Haak. The UK producer and his mysterious alias have definitely gotten the project of to a great start with his catchy hooks and tough grooves. There’s a variety of nice motifs running through this one, from two separate vocal storyboards to some indistinct melodies there’s a lot to get locked into. As with all Han Haak productions the club sensibility it quite strong. It’s smooth, rhythmic drive and variety of builds and drops, all at precisely the right moments make for an exhilarating rush across its 8 minute running time. Geat work as always from Han.

The lone interpretation of ‘Graffiti Kid’ is provided by Uvo who is making his first appearance on Moonchild Records. The Mexican producer and Intemporal label boss is fresh off the release of his ‘Dreamcatcher’ collaboration with Argentinean producer Lautaro Varela. Uvo’s been back to his solo remixing ways of late and he’s delivered another wonderful production for his ‘Graffiti Kid’ interpretation. There a much more subversive message conveyed here with mystical textures and trippy keys weaving in and out of the framework. For how effects heavy it is the bouncy drums and strong groove keep it locked on the dance floor and a wondrous break lifts the vibe even higher. Excellent remix from Uvo.

The second original on the project is supplied by Gvozdini who is making his first appearance on Moonchild. The Ukrainian producer has been busy this summer with a string of releases for MNL, Soundteller Records and PHW Elements. His contribution here ‘Imaginary People’ showcases his uptempo progressive techno style quite nicely. It’s deep, driving groove and layered melodies combine for a wonderfully hypnotic effect and the avoidance of any big break keeps the energy at a top level. Nice work from Gvozdini. 

The lone interpretation of ‘Imaginary People’ is provided by Alex Nemec and Nik Feral who are making their first appearance on Moonchild. Hailing from Slovenia and the UK respectively Alex and Nik began collaborating in early 2013 and quickly got signed to BluFin, Natura Viva and Alex’s own Mirabilis Records imprint. The next two years have been fruitful with over 50 productions added to their discography. Most recently the duo tackled Peter Wagner’s ‘Right At It’ for Vazik’s Sounds Of Earth imprint and they’ve delivered an excellent version of ‘Imaginary People’ to close the release out. They’ve managed to reinvent the melodic elements from the original over a tightly programmed groove and the end result is a soulful slice of techno which absolutely rocks. There’s a wonderful vibe emanating from those hypno rhythms which really lend the track to late night play. Brilliant production from Alex and Nik which is also my favourite on the release. A cool concept from Moonchild Records and a great beginning to the new series. Don’t miss it.

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