Lowbit records reaches its 250th release and it is fitting that label owner Erik Pettersson, AKA Sonic Union, take the reigns to celebrate this milestone with his track Naturality, which is complemented by remixes from Samuel L Session and Nichols.
The original mix starts with a range of swirling arpeggiated melodies and stabs. The emphatic bassline then arrives and the pulse starts to quicken as this nostalgic soundscape evolves. The drums builds and key changes accompany layer after layer of synths, guiding your senses on a meandering sonic journey. The shows stopping riff then rises out of this wall of sound and takes the track into the breakdown. The riff subsides and the tension builds, with new layers of infectious melodies and textures appearing from from every sonic angle, before the riff then re-emerges and leads us all helplessly into euphoria.
Swedish techno legend Samuel L Session needs no introduction and takes care of the first remix. His interpretation is stripped back and firmly aimed at the dance floor. The unforgettable bassline takes centre stage and drives the track forward with industrial drums and synth stabs building into the breakdown. There is a moment of calm as synths swirl around the aural landscape before normal business is resumed and the cacophony of drums and synths drive the track forward relentlessly.
The second remix is taken care of by label favourite Nichols. His peak time futuristic interpretation delivers from the outset with the infectious, rippling bassline pushing the track forward and emotive melodies and key changes combining to build the tension into the breakdown. The full melody is now unleashed along with vocal samples and atmospheric strings, creating the perfect space opera. White noise builds alongside bass stabs and soaring strings and when the track come crashing back in with all the elements in perfect harmony, there really is nowhere to hide.
A fantastic and varied EP, with interpretations that will appeal to a wide range of musical palates.