An artist with a rich musical catalogue to his name stretching back almost 15 years, David Molano is well-established through his Dabeat production pseudonym. With music signed to the likes of Timeless Moment, Mango Alley and BeatFreak Recordings, his work with Kamilo Sanclemente on Proton Music has produced a clutch of impressive releases, not least on his contribution to "Beyond the Future, Vol. 1" and the 6 original tracks. Now making his solo debut, the 3-track "Equilibrium" EP showcases Dabeat's distinctive production work.
Opening proceedings, "Cauac" powers forward with driving beat and offbeat hi-hats while a muted arpeggio filters into sonic range. Hypnotically rising and falling, atmospheric synth layers arrive at the breakdown before new melodies ripple across the second half with grace and poise. "Equilibrium" continues the rich rhythmic backdrop as a delightful bass groove enters the fray, accompanied a smooth array of pads and arpeggio. The resultant combination is a joy to behold as counterpoint motifs combine with a vocoded vocal phrase to provide a light and airy feel. The third track finds "Torus" making its mark with meticulously programmed groove and ticking percussing top-line. A smooth analogue synth line appears in gloriously distorted fashion, captivating attention as it meanders across the near 8-minute piece. New melodies make their presence felt as the track progresses in a dynamic and creative environment.
On remix duties, Subandrio Sinhawansa is a name synonymous with quality. An award-winning Middle East DJ of the year, the Colombo based producer has ridden a wave of success with his music on Juicebox Music, Perspectives Digital and Sudbeat Music. A sextet of remixes for Proton Music has seen the Sri Lankan star provide moments of sonic joy with his reworkings of Andre Sobota, Juan Deminicis and Trilucid, as the Subandrio remix of "Torus" builds menacingly from a glorious bassline groove and syncopated rolling percussion. Familiar melodies from Dabeat's original soon make an appearance but it is through Subandrio's glorious musical expression that new melodic patterns and sequences create their own sonic story. Flowing in atmospheric vein across nearly 10 minutes, a deep and rich sonic journey reveals itself to find Subandrio at the top of his production game.
Subconscious Tales is another name familiar to the Proton faithful. Having recently released his "Experience" EP in April 2022, the Latvian artist has contributed to a raft of other original material that includes July 2019's "Magnectares" and December 2020's "Soulreaper". Remixes of David Calo and Soulwerk are now followed by a third which sees a typically vibrant reworking of "Cauac". Built upon whip-cracking kick and fizzing percussive intent, a dynamic bassline groove fills the low-end before a new arpeggio referencing the Dabeat original fills the stereo spectrum. Evolving with ease, familiar refrains blend through production material from the Subconscious Tales studio in glorious analogue glory. The result is a typically high-quality production.
Reaching a glorious state of "Equilibrium", original music from Dabeat is joined by sublime remixes from Subandrio and Subconscious Tales.
Directed by Jay Epoch Mastered by Cid Inc. Design by Ben Mautner Text by James Warren