- Release Date 2017-10-02
- Label Bonzai Progressive
- Catalog BP6942017
The album kicks off with the warming grooves of Density. Led by a tight drum section the track relents into a maelstrom of melodies played out among rich pads and soft notes. A deep bassline keeps us grounded making this an absolute must have no doubt.
Equilibrium Sense follows and ramps up the intensity with a tough driving groove made up of chugging basslines and pumping beats over swirling pads and scathing synth melodies. The break is something to behold here, total immersion before those beats return, solid stuff for the more energetic floors.
Never Forget takes us on a sublime journey into the progressive abyss thanks to warm bubbling basses on the low end and rhythmic drum section that forces us to move. In the background mesmeric pads form up while rich synths play out intricate melodic patterns. A superb cosmic vibe evolves that will definitely keep the floors rocking.
Bad Machines offers up a tougher groove with its pumping kick drums and deep rumbling bassline. Stabbing synths build up the intensity along with scathing FX and cool analogue sounds. Hypnotic pads weave their way through the darker elements adding a wonderful contrast to the sound, excellent stuff.
Obscurity is up next and brings a cool clubby vibe to the album with stabby piano chords being the main player. Chunky kick drums and shuffling percussions are built around the main lead creating a strong , driving groove that will definitely shake up any room.
At the midway point of the album we find the beautifully crafted Maybe with its wonderful rich melodies wrapped up in a mesmeric breaks drum arrangement. We're lured deep into the cosmos with this fine track, layer upon layer we uncover a web of intricate patterns that blend effortlessly into something special. Perfect late night fodder to dream away a busy day.
Inversion powers the album back into full on mode with a fantastic driving progressive groove made up with solid beats and a powerful chugging bassline. Slicing synths cut through the low end revealing hypnotic sequences that deliver a wholly intense experience.
The previously released Dream Remote is up next in its Album Edit form. We loved this one back in 2014 and it stands the test of time today thanks to visionary production from Maik. Right from the off we are locked in as a deep bass rumbles through accompanied by a cool kick and beautifully crisp percussions. Tension builds through the track with the help of some very cool sweeping synth FX and teasing melodies. As the groove powers on it becomes clear that this track will keep you in its grasp for the duration. A much deeper rendition of the original and a simply stunning piece that will not disappoint.
Vision intros with nice chunky kick drum alongside a droning bass and rhythmic hi hats. A dark vibe builds as murky sounds come though that build into a haunting groove before the track takes a turn, bringing us back with a surreal uplifting end section. Beautifully crafted and unique in every way, outstanding.
Stark Raving Mad takes us deeper with a dark and murky bassline leading the way. Tight beats keep the rhythm flowing while sharp synths cut through the low frequencies. As the intensity builds we crash into a short break filled with bright pads and droning basses before we head back into full on mode for the duration.
Leave No Doubt rounds up this stunning album and it does it in style. Again we see Maik's expert production skills come to the fore as a deep, intense bassline sits perfectly on the low end while rhythmic drums and percussions get the feet tapping. A multi layered synth lead takes over and raises the energy levels to a feverish pitch and on the break we find ourselves locked into the captivating grasp of those wonderful synths. Top notch stuff.
A masterpiece of an album that solidifies Maik's stance on the progressive world with a rich and dynamic sound, there is something for everyone. If you're serious about progressive, then this album is a must.