The latest release from Clubsonica Records welcomes Parallel Universe back to the label for their debut EP 'Trip | Galaxy'. Hailing from Colombia, Ethereal Mist and Mauro Pierotti make up the Parallel Universe production duo. The Medellin residents made their Clubsonica debut in October of last year with a contribution to the label's ADE 2018 Sampler, before eventually capping off the year with a successful single on Stellar Fountain. Now returning to their country's premiere progressive house imprint, Parallel Universe presents their debut EP alongside remixes from Rick Pier O'Neil and Juan Pablo Torrez.
Beginning with 'Trip', the Colombian duo set the tone with a storyboard of ethereal motifs and detailed design. Anchored by a warm, buoyant groove and waves of exotic percussion, it's an evolving atmospheric storyboard which first captures your imagination. Delicate shades and ghostly vocals just add to its enigmatic nature, before eventually melting down into a transcendent break and perfectly setting up a pulsating finale. The companion piece 'Galaxy' follows suit with tough beats, rolling rhythms and dynamic stabs. Built around a series of vocal fragments and tantalizing arps, the first act is quite mystical in nature. As it strips down into the main break you get what is perhaps one of the EPs most memorable moments; as warm bass swells, airy refrains and an expanding vocal narrative unite as the beats drop for a colourful sonic moment.
The lone interpretation of 'Trip' is provided by Rick Pier O'Neil who makes his fifth appearance on the label. Rick's cross pollination of progressive house and techno is highly regarded by both his fans and contemporaries. It's this distinctive sound which has paved the way for releases on Beatfreak Recordings, Sudbeat Music and JOOF Recordings, while he continues to be a favourite of both Hernan Cattaneo and Nick Warren. Now landing back on Clubsonica, Rick provides a stunning rendition of 'Trip'. Incredibly rhythmic and with fresh design qualities, it moves powerfully across its seven minute journey. Mounds of bass undulate while vocal delays and spastic arps converge in the ultimate melodic vortex. Sweeping noise and crisp effects soon follow and you're effortlessly taken away into an astral wonderland. Powerful and concise, its cosmic storyboard plays off smooth chord changes and timely modulation for a string of magic moments, making for an exhilarating third act finale.
The release concludes with Clubsonica label boss Juan Pablo Torrez providing the lone interpretation of 'Galaxy'. Long regarded as one Colombia's premiere progressive house talents, the Medellín resident has landed releases on BeatFreak Recordings, ICONYC and Parquet Recordings, while earning continued support from the genres top tastemakers Hernan Cattaneo, Nick Warren and Guy J. Now returning to his comfortable home of Clubsonica, Juan crafts a stellar rendition of 'Galaxy' to round the release out in style. Always a creative remixer, Juan provides a smooth yet powerful version which complements the original wonderfully. The groove gets beefed up with punchy kicks and thick slabs of bass while a band of mountainous rhythms charges forward. The rugged qualities sit in stark contrast to the melodic elements, eventually leading to an emotive break, before a frayed modular peak reignites the groove for a powerful finale. A superb remix from Juan which rounds out an impressive EP from Parallel Universe, who continue to be one of Colombia's most promising new acts.
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