- Release Date 2022-09-09
- Label Meanwhile
- Catalog MW035
From the Siberian Altay Region, Konstantin Kuranakov has cast a bright light over the progressive house community with his Jiminy Hop production alter-ego. Now ensconced in his adopted St Petersburg home, the Russian artist has risen in stature and status over a 7-year production career after a debut for Smart Phenomena Records in late 2015. Work signed to Juicebox Music, Art Vibes Music, Where The Heart Is and Plaisirs Sonores have all followed, while March 2022's 3-track "Johlin" for GMJ and Matter's imprint was a notable highlight for the label.
Now returning with a twin track EP of the highest order, "Levera" is a typically strong opener as swung shakers sit in parallel to deep kick and offbeat snare. A rich bassline groove adds head-shaking accent before stereo-panned synths and white-noise risers create a rousing floor-filling vibe. Evolving steadily, an array of effects and layered motifs add the melodic harmony. A shimmering breakdown creates a hand-in-the-air moment as "Levera" once more drops into its tight club-friendly groove where rhythm and melody combine in sumptuous and powerful fashion.
"Agmoli" contains the same rhythmic vibrancy as its partner track as a rolling groove meanders its way across a 9-minute piece brim full of vivacity with its shakers and chest-thumping beat. Before long a glorious array of twinkling arpeggios and complementary synth motifs enter the sonic arena, accompanied by a smooth bass groove. Flowing into the breakdown, a sustained rasping bassline comes to the fore in majestic fashion accompanied by breathy vocal pads and delayed effects. Hitting its stride once more in the third movement, "Agmoli" sparks into life with melodic and rhythmic elements combining in pure dancefloor majesty.
Two tracks of the highest order in "Levera / Agmoli" illustrate why Jiminy Hop continues his unhindered rise to the upper echelons of the electronic music industry and progressive house genre.
Directed by GMJ and Matter
Mastered by Cid Inc.
Design by Matter
Text by James Warren