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VA – Effects Of High Altitude (Asymmetric Recordings)

Lonya’s Asymmetric Recordings releases their latest exclusive’s collection entitled ‘Effects Of High Altitude’.

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It’s been a strong year already for the Israeli imprint, the release of Sakorka’s ‘Love Is Over’ went down as one of the labels all time best and judging from their upcoming release schedule this year will be quite memorable. ‘Effects Of High Altitude’ is a ten track collection featuring Anthony Yarranton, Beat Syndrome, Yariv E, Danny Deep and Chris Carini, Elior Elimelech, Barbur, Big Al, Ayla Nereo, Bitch In Rix, Eli Amsalevski, Michael Gin and Mariano Montori & Federico Fernandez. Judging from the mail out the promo was split into two parts so this review will showcase the deeper more progressive flavoured productions.

The collection gets underway with Anthony Yarranton who has already made an impressive stamp on 2015. The UK producer released his ‘Tip Assist’ on Axon Records in early January which furthered his grip on contemporary club grooves. His dubby, minimalist approach is always fresh and ‘Solaar’ features some of his most engaging grooves to date. The rolling, undulating slabs of bass are near perfect and the momentous rhythms which drive the piece forward add even more funk. As with most of Anthony’s productions there’s a subtle atmospheric storyboard which keeps things intriguing throughout and makes for a great listening experience as well. Awesome stuff from the always excellent Anthony Yarranton.

Next up is Beat Syndrome’s ‘Ravens’ which finds the Canadian producer stretching his sonic palette once again. Previously grouped in the progressive new school Beat Syndrome’s productions have morphed into something much deeper and delicate. ‘Ravens’ is further proof of that with its gentle lead motif and uniquely tailored percussion. The foundation of the piece is what makes it quite intriguing though; a cavernous underbelly of billowing bass tones which sound absolutely fabulous. Superb stuff from Beat Syndrome.

Following that we have Eli Amsalevski who is returning to Asymmetric for his third appearance. The Israeli producer first appeared on Asymmetric in June of last year with a contribution to the labels ‘Summertime’ compilation; and he’s also had several releases on US label System Recordings. His latest original ‘Confusion’ showcases his moody, hypnotic style of house perfectly. The dubby qualities are what I Iove most about this. There’s a smooth glacial-style flow which seems to gain momentum throughout and all the hazy rhythms along with very unique beats play a big factor there. Great stuff from Eli.

Next up is Elior Elimelech with the very cool ‘Noa’. Also residing in Israel this is just Elior’s second official release with the first coming in May of last year on System Recordings. After hearing ‘Noa’ you certainly wouldn’t think Elior only has one previous release as it comes with remarkable polish. It’s well shaped foundation makes for a very funky sensibility but what sets it apart is the emotional content, particularly in the main break. A melancholic motif gets teased throughout the first half but becomes fully realized during the break and takes what is a good club record into more blissful territory. Excellent stuff from Elior.

Closing the sampler out is a fabulous track from Mariano Montori & Federico Fernandez who are collaborating for the first time here. Mariano is returning to Asymmetric for his second appearance following a contribution to the labels ‘ADE Sampler’ from last October while Federico is making his Asymmetric debut. Together the duo have crafted ‘Haunted By Sounds’ which is one of the more progressive minded pieces on the collection. Backed a very club friendly groove and rolling rhythms ‘Haunted By Sounds’ carries a nice cadence straight away. The lead motif is a sequence of bell-like tones which carries wonderful textural qualities and soft hooks which are sure to be great on the floor. It’s the standout track on the collection for me and certainly ends the release on a strong note.

Compiling these exclusive’s compilations is never an easy task; going through hundreds of demos and finding the 10 or so right tracks to make a cohesive collection that has both variety but also flow. Lonya’s done a remarkable job here and it leaves wanting to hear what comes next on Asymmetric. Highly Recommended.

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