For Arrival's 32nd release, we have both a label veteran and a new face: Russian artist Alex Drayling (an alias of Teana and Tiida) and the German-born Aquareef. A pair of phenomenal new originals by these rising talents is showcased on this "Thailand" EP, and an additional remix is provided by Human8.
"Thailand" begins with a lush atmosphere, including synth stabs and melodious pad lines. Soon, a number of vocal elements are introduced, as well as a spell-binding deep stab sound. Later, the soft yet powerful breakbeat is in full effect, while being accompanied by a stunning piano line. The breakbeat percussion is slowed down in the main break, while numerous synth layers spice up the soundscape.
Hungarian artist Human8 returns to the Silk family with his interpretation of "Thailand". A deep and well-placed bassline soon hits the soundscape, as well as stimulating percussion elements and sidechained pads. The break introduces a distinctive and mesmerizing deep synth as well as a comforting bell sample, and the main theme and groove continues thereafter.
The second original, "Air", starts off quite smoothly with a few gorgeous pad lines, and an enjoyable breakbeat is soon established. Numerous sound effects emerge, and in the break a unique arpeggio lead is added that later acts as the main riff. The vocal sample as well as the many synth stabs and effects combine to create a lush and soothing atmosphere.