Artificial Acoustical Ambience Records begins their 2020 journey with label boss DanSonic back in the spotlight. The Swiss artist enjoyed many successes across 2019, highlighted by the release of his ‘Summer Vibes’ collection in July along with well received remixes for 19Box Recordings and LuPS Records. Now getting the new year underway in fine style, DanSonic returns to his comfortable home of AAAR with ‘Entity’.
Regarded throughout the electronic underground for his versatility, DanSonic flexes that attribute here with a breakbeat inspired collection. Beginning with the rolling funk of ‘2 Funkee’ the Swiss artist marries retro grooves with powerful vocal samples and soulful trumpet motifs. Timely vinyl scratching adds further fuel to the rhythmic fire, capping off this fine, loungey dance floor jam. This segues nicely into the slap bass grooves of ’46’. Dazzling plucks lay a robust foundation for rolling percussion and melancholic tones to work their magic, before sultry trumpet riffs, organic drums and arpeggiated fragments carry the narrative home. The mood shifts a touch with the lighthearted ‘Calm Down’. Here DanSonic brings the listener into a world of playful rhythms, buoyant bass and free form jazz storyboarding. An enlightening six-minute jaunt where unpredictability and musicality work in perfect sonic unison.
Always looking to take the listener on a journey, it’s the laid back, slap funk of ‘Here’s The Funk’ which follows. Perfectly interwoven bass lines create a robust foundation for waves of soulful instrumentation, before melting down into a spacious interlude which ultimately seals its musical appeal. Rounding out the collection is the lively cadence of the title selection ‘Entity’, elevating mood and energy with its near frantic beats and staccato stylings. Layers of exotic drums build in organic space, while a distinctive flute motif gets blanketed with warm textural drifts, elevating mood across this exhilarating five-minute excursion. A stunning conclusion to an ambitious project from DanSonic, an artist who has once again cast genre trends aside with an inspired musical collection.
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