- Release Date 2018-04-02
- Label Suffused Music
- Catalog SMD209
An artist who finds a passion for his craft in the ability to make people dance, DJ AroZe is a man on a mission to inhabit "the borders between melodies and rhythm, dark and light, house and techno". From the bustling metropolis that is Israel's capital city, the Tel Aviv resident draws inspiration from a range of musical styles that have influenced him on his global travels, both in front of and behind the DJ decks. Moreover, his monthly "Rays" podcast continues to provide a vehicle for AroZe to mix the sounds that supply inspiration for his own music.
An incipient production career thus centres around a pair of original releases for Pineapple Grooves and 20Hz Records in May and December 2017 as "Caliope" and the "Innerquest EP" hit the virtual stores. Joined by progenitor and resident of the world-renowned, "The Cat and The Dog", Asi Kojak, the fellow Israeli is a regular across the clubs of his home country. Furthermore, a production debut on Plattenbank in 2011 with seGGa on the track "Drillen" is now reignited with a collaboration with DJ AroZe on opening track "Interludium". With its strong rhythmic foundations and crisp rhythmic shell, a melange of arpeggios and counterpoint motifs evolve delicately over the course of the opening movements in glittering fashion. Pausing in a stripped back breakdown, filtered melodies shimmer in emotive fashion before erupting into a third movement with consummate ease.
"Ad Infinitum" continues the strong melodic foundations of its predecessor as DJ AroZe supplies a shimmering array of melodic synth lines that sit impressively against hypnotic kick and offbeat percussion. A strong bassline comes the fore at the mid-point before rhythm and melody combine in shimmering fashion in the second half, to mesmerising effect.
Penultimate track, "Juncture 21" identifies itself with thumping beat and a strong house percussion. A rasping and filtered bassline keeps interest high as it forms its own melodic structure, while an ethereal vocal provides a delicate touch to juxtapose against the raw low-end. Combined with subtly textured motifs, they work their own sonic magic.
The sounds of "Late Night Reminisce" echo those of its predecessors as a huge rasping note hits out in pulsing fashion. Simultaneously an array of arpeggios emerges from the oppressive sonic backdrop that possess the themes of the opening tracks. Exploding at the half-way stage a running Vangelis-esque arpeggio echoes the familiar tropes of "Blade Runner" in a beautifully crafted work.
A strong narrative runs throughout the work of DJ AroZe and Asi Kojak as they revel in "Good Old Times".
Text by James Warren
Mastered by Pangea Mastering