- Release Date 2017-03-20
- Label Clubsonica Records
- Catalog CSR029
Rick's cross pollination of progressive house and techno has been praised since his return to the spotlight in 2014. His latest offering 'Ambivalent' comes in deep, dark and incredibly infectious. Thick slabs of bass power the foundation as sinister electronics and spooky effects flow through the framework. As the first act takes shape a vocal narrative adds to the ominous tone before transitioning into melancholia during the first of two breaks. A heads down second act proves to be the highlight, with the chunky groove and impactful melodies rising to an elating apex.
The first interpretation of 'Ambivalent' is provided by Desaturate. With a radically revamped groove the energy goes up twofold with flowing lines and cascading themes teasing the senses. Melodic and spacey in all the right ways, the first acts proves exhilarating, ultimately leading to dubbier middle section where vocal edits and waves of percussion fire through the framework. It's free flowing style avoids the obligatory main break and it's all the better for it, keeping it perfectly dialled for peak time play.
The second interpretation of 'Ambivalent' is provided by Clubsonica Records label boss Juan Pablo Torrez. Support from Hernan Cattaneo and Nick Warren along with key releases on Darin Epsilon's Perspectives Digital highlighted the year with 2017 holding even greater promise. Now presenting just his second production of year Juan delivers his best remix to date taking 'Ambivalent' into ethereal territory with great results. With a techno state of mind Juan shapes a strong rhythmic core as chopped up vocals and melodic fragments trail off in a kaleidoscopic haze. The main break proves dramatic with rolling motifs and haunting themes pushing all the right emotional buttons, before a tasteful build transitions the piece back to its pulsating groove for an epic finale.
The third and final interpretation of 'Ambivalent' is provided by Ethereal Mist. Anchored by a driving groove and rolling rhythms it's nod to the glory days of genre are immediately apparent. Elating themes and shifting tones make for a massive first act, leading to a timely and equally exhilarating break. Expertly executed, the tracks centrepiece plays out over 90 magical seconds where a calculated build and emotive bridge foreshadows a thrilling third act conclusion. It's a rousing end to a release full of variety and talent from Clubsonica Records, who move forward into 2017 continuing to push the boundaries of progressive house. Highly Recommended.
Text by Mitch Alexander
Artwork by Dave Caro Distributed By Symphonic Distribution - www.symphonicdistribution.com