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A man of innumerable talents, Nicolas Rada has risen from within his home in the Buenos Aries metropolis, to take on the mantle of underground dance producer of the modern age. An artist who has formed a strong bond with the Balkan Connection South America imprint, Rada now steps forward into the limelight with a thematic debut album in the shape of "Air Ports".

A plethora of labels have played host to the Nicolas Rada sound since 2007's "Circuit Breaker" debut for the Mexican imprint, BIT Records. Since then, Electronic Tree, Majestic Family and Balkan Connection itself have all featured numerous remixes and original productions with Rada's work regularly supported by Danny Howells, Nick Warren and fellow countryman, Hernan Cattaneo.

A passion for aircraft, an aeronautical theme is a thread commonly found throughout Rada's music for BCSA as original work in the shape of releases that include the "Airborne", "Altered Senses" and September 2015's "Landing" EPs, continue to enchant with their sophisticated production approach. Such work now culminates in an nine-track offering through "Air Ports", highlighting a conceptual framework from which Rada underpins his musical ideas. Opening with the sophisticated sounds of "Departure", a lilting percussive groove is accompanied by smooth melodic flow before the subtle rhythmic bass patterns of "Apron" sit beneath a strong beat and dizzying delayed riffs. "Vanar" continues along similar lines as freeform melodic lines emerge from a strong rhythmic anchor.

"Clearances" makes its presence felt via an array of effects that pan across the stereo sound stage in effortless fashion while "Arsot" opens with a familiar house beat, evolving delicately throughout the use of woodblock percussion and cadenced bass line. Echoes of Jean Michel Jarre are not misplaced as the near ten-minute piece provides a sinister edge. The smooth, textured pads of "Arrival" are cleverly anchored through delightful arpeggio as a Vangelis style lead line emerges to impressive effect.

The beats laden "Two Two Right" contributes toward a dub tinged work that lilts in sultry fashion while muted melodic components deftly emerge as the work progresses. The cleverly named "Introspection" immediately excels with its subtly sinister edge; adding to the overall atmosphere, a pulsating free-form lead line anchors itself through sustained chord progressions as a dizzyingly stereoscopic arpeggio riff maintains interest. Final track "Valar" produces a strong closing finale as Jarre references give purpose more through sublime 'arpegiateur': a bed of textured pads complementing with tension-filled soundscaped collage.

A high-flying body of work, Nicolas Rada and his "Air Ports" are cleared for take off and a rapid ascent.

Directed by Nicholas Van Orton
AandR by Marina Gerardi
Mastering by Nicolas Rada
Design by Nicholas Van Orton
Text by James Warren


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