- Release Date 2014-02-11
- Label Monstercat Silk
- Catalog SILKOS02DS
The compilation kicks off with a moody and exceedingly emotive new interpretation of "Images" by American talent Dan Sieg (of Dan and Sam). The Original Mix, a peak-hour cut by British star Toby Hedges, proved to be a widely supported single on Silk Royal. An ominous and richly cinematic soundscape is crafted early on in Dan's rendering, with an extended 2-minute intro. A cavernous bassline enters the affair at the quarter turn, which slowly begins to crescendo (only enhancing the foreboding textures). Meanwhile, the poignant themes of the original add further mystery and intrigue to the evocative atmosphere.
Shingo offers a stunning new interpretation of Lessov's "Bleyban," originally a standout track on our deep-prog division Silk Textures (supported on radio by Armin van Buuren). The atmosphere is similarly ominous early on, as hypnotic arps sit atop a floaty, pad-centered atmosphere. A classically beautiful Shingo Nakamura piano riff is introduced, as a stormy, yet deep bassline gives the track a hefty, low-end drive. These elements patiently gather steam as the track progresses and prove to inhabit the listener's soul by the end.
Arthur Deep, one of Silk's founding artists, triumphantly returns to our imprint with a gorgeous vocal take on SNR and Rikkaz feat. Jan Johnston's very memorable "Beautiful Change" release. Over the years, Arthur's taste has shifted to a deeper style; the soothing, sophisticated, and heartfelt character of his work has remained a constant. There is a floaty, uplifting quality to this particular remix that will make you want to share a glass of champagne with a loved one, as Jan Johnston's incomparable voice and lyrics add to the romance.
Finally, label veteran Asten closes out the EP with "Ancient Future," a visionary sonic journey through time and space. As per usual from Asten, there are truly unique and intriguing sound design elements permeating the atmosphere, as a gentle deep house groove guides the listener along.