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  • Release Date 2017-10-11
  • Label Asia Music
  • Catalog AM050
Asia Music celebrates 10 years and 50 releases with 10 colossal tracks from East to West. From melodic grooves to heart-pounding tracks, the esteemed Southeast Asian label manifests an ever-evolving eclectic collection worthy of global attention.

1. Darkbark - Retorika

Darkbark has always managed to maintain a meditative musical style. Whether it's a vocal-laced house track or a deep tech instrumental, the Jakarta-based DJ/producer continues to demonstrate thoughtful production. Retorika is what translates as a persuasive piece. Just as it's commonto expect a progressive track that builds up and collapses, Darkbark sets it up differently. It's extensive and does not concern itself of either longevity or a loss of interest. It's as textural as it is intricate, an ideal way to kick off an eclectic compilation.

2. Hadiid - Solitarium

Solitarium is a showcase of Hadiid's knack for fusing groovy and dark moods seamlessly—often a hypnotic journey, further highlighting the Borneo-born's talent. It's percussive and synth-driven frenzy that dips adequately on twists and bleats, obliterating the barriers between retro, ambient and deep. Make it a late night jam or an early warm up, "Solitarium" packs on a stunning soundscape akin to that moment when all that one needs is an emotive trip.

3. Jefty – Freeman

Jefty's latest crisp, metallic release injects the clappy symphony necessary to get bodies moving. The Dubai-based Filipino artist is no stranger to mesmeric melodies and slapping synths that are paired with the occasional vocal inserts, Freeman being his latest tune to add to his signature style. Certain sounds uplift the spirits and put a smile on faces, this being one of them. However, it's not just the track's cheerfulness that draws attention. It's its smooth, breezy attitude that's got everyone loosening up.

4. Alinep and Mica (UK) – Fahren

The skill to create a track that's disciplined albeit characteristic is tricky to achieve. However, it seems that the husband-and-wife duo from Manila has this locked down quite flawlessly. Fahren is clean, minimal, and well thought of yet leaves plenty of headroom to drift about in. It is delightfully sinister without the excess. It's neither loaded with pitter-patters nor in-your-face, jarring melodies. Somehow, you're swimming and resurfacing indulgently, never forgetting to breathe and take it all in. Fahren is seductive as it steadily pulls you in, pushes you back, and rebuilds to a deep, contemplative cut.

5. Marshall White - Dance of the Dead

A feast of swooping synths and menacing whispers, Dance of the Dead lives up to its moniker. It creeps into the skin, lingering and taking on an electrifying energy that's both mind-twisting and pleasurably eye-rolling. Dance of the Dead exemplifies White's command of layers and undertones, without sprinkling it with more than what the melody needs. With years of musical experience under his belt, the Swiss-Ecuadorian TIME In Manila Resident DJ continues to have a good hand on keeping it enthralling.

6. Ryan Pamatmat and Farina – Pamarina

It's evident in Pamarina that both London-based producers/DJ's Ryan Pamatmat and Farina know that thrusting blend of deep, tech and groovy. They've successfully teamed up and produced a gem undeniably set to get dancers on the floor. With the occasional kicks and stabs, the track rolls on with a flowing sound palette that's enjoyable all around. Pamarina is lush, sweet and glossy that even in the absence of wistful vocals, it's bliss in a club or by the waters.

7. Pav Parrotte and Cinemassacre - Lost City

Just as these lads deliver a breath of fresh air each time they're in the cockpit, Pav Parrotte and Cinemassacre emerge with a rhetorical masterpiece that's just as remarkable. This time, they take us on an introspective journey of lyric and sound. The heavily vocal-clad track speaks of the world beyond—juxtaposing a carefully textured sound as complex as the destination it speaks of. Lost City is atmospheric, vigorous and drenched in layers. There is much to hear and listen to, boasting of beautiful balance and occasional distortion.

8. Knights Templar - Knight of the East and West

There is much to be said about the self-taught Syrian-born artist. One thing is for certain: He is constantly on a mission to explore the ever-evolving sound of electronic music. Knight of the East and West is a playful audial feast of forward-thinking riffs. There lies an impressive and alluring sense of melodic restlessness that goes from high to low and back up again. It stabs into your ears with its plentiful synths, keys and fillers—unapologetic and altogether irresistible.

9. Shiva - Phenol

When Kish isn't delivering his pile-driving drum and bass tunes as Br3akingsilence, he's producing house and techno grooves as Shiva that are just equally ricocheting. Phenol is a definite crowd-pleaser that doesn't flinch on its heart-thumping bass and intoxicating kicks and synths. It's crunchy, insistent on its invitation to the dancefloor. A distillation of rhythms, delightful repetitions and frequent tech stabs, "Phenol" is an undeniably infectious belter.

10. Ken Ishii – Buffer Overflow

With over 20 years of dancefloor mastery under his belt, it's Ken Ishii's characteristic non-conformity and experimentation that continues to make him a techno legend. Buffer Overflow is yet another reminder that what's minimal can be massive; that there is nothing better than to move from hours on end. The track is powered up, full-on and relentless—a pedigree that drives you towards a strong end to yet another successful release.


10 Years of Asia Music - VA Compilation

  • Various Artists
  • Release Date 2017-10-11
  • Label Asia Music
  • Catalog AM050
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