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A duo making a name for themselves on an array of established independent labels, Spirit and The Guide are becoming a shining light in the progressive house arena with their brand new EP on Rabbit Records entitled "Alafia". Super Mario and Roberto Frattini - hailing from India and Switzerland respectively - the duo began their friendship on the dancefloor, sharing their decades-long passion and appreciation for progressive and sundowner sounds.

Opening their offering, "Alafia" is a beautiful sunkissed tune, fuelled by rich chords, spacious percussion-driven and groove-infused melodic lines. Sumptuously syncopated chords provide instant dancefloor appeal as textured pads and tastefully selected wooden percussions supply a relaxed beach-inspired vibe that develops into the breakdown. Picking up the pace once more in the second half, a shimmering arpeggio adds further to a blissful sonic collage. The title track sees "Floating" continue the hi-hat-driven percussive flair as arpeggiated synth layers and smooth pads create a wonderful, deep sunlit opening. A glorious bassline adds emotion aplenty before a rolling breakbeat provides the perfect rhythmic anchor. Steadily evolving over the 7-minute timeframe, emotive motifs and vocal phrases emerge and blend into the stripped-back breakdown before combining with the other melodic layers to create a stunning and deeply moving track.

Golan Zocher requires little in the way of introduction. A talented producer based in Israel, the Colombia-born artist has made a name for himself with music on Mango Alley, Clubsonica Records, Magnitude Recordings, MNL and Balkan Connection among others. Providing the lone interpretation of the title track "Alafia", characterised by a thumping four-to-the-floor backdrop, the founder of Bloom Records goes deeper and more hypnotic across a magical 10-minute journey. Creating new arpeggiated sequences with melodic themes rooted in Spirit and The Guide's original, a stunning new groove adds further while the remix opens up in the second half to create a storming club-friendly banger that entwines new harmonies and melodies with ease. A truly special interpretation.

A rapidly growing force, Fran Garay has continued to make waves since his 2020 debut for 3rd Avenue. Going on to see his music feature on such esteemed imprints as Balkan Connection, Future Avenue and Madden, his spectacular remix of Blanka Barbara's original "More Than Myself" was an impressive addition to Massive Harmony Records' release. Now making his Rabbit Records debut, the Fran Garay remix takes "Floating" on a rich rhythmic voyage that delights with a new galaxy of effects that generate a beautiful sonic cadence of their own. Full of emotion, floating spacious pads and touching vocals soar through the mix at the mid-way point and into the breakdown before the rolling rhythmic pattern picks up the pace into the third movement to create an impressive remix that retains the character of Spirit and The Guide's original while transforming it into a new, brightly coloured sonic tapestry.

"Alafia" is a highly recommended EP of sublime progressive sounds.

rabbitrecords.co.uk/rr038
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