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Tantum – Ashen [Juicebox Music]

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Praveen Achary’s Juicebox Music begins the new year by welcoming Tantum to the label for his debut EP. Hailing from Germany, Thomas Koch aka Tantum came to our attention just a month ago with his first release on Einmusika’s Ein2 imprint. Now he brings his unique meld of melodic techno and progressive house to Juicebox Music with ‘Ashen’ alongside a remix from Michael A.

Beginning with the title piece Thomas explores his uniquely cross pollinated style with buoyant beats and a smooth percussive shuffle. It’s rhythmic core is immediately compelling, rippling as mounds of bass roll forward while gentle arps and astral effects add warmth, drive and a heady hypnotic disposition. Growing progressively more emotive, lush pads and smooth chord changes lead nicely into the break, where tasteful modulation and percussive flurries ignite what should be a magic moment on your dance floor. ‘Microtonal’ meanwhile moves a touch closer to pure progressive territory while maintaining a distinctly modern ethos. Subtlety is the key here with luminous tones evolving across a concise six minute journey while a gorgeous harmonic resonance sets a perfect backdrop. Following a similar sonic blueprint is the EP’s closer ‘Sekundenschlaf’ which brings more vibrant tonal themes and moments of delicate yet impassioned musicality. Although incredibly tranquil the main break does provide a noteworthy moment of tension as the drop draws near, well executed and one that should grab the attention of the more astute listener.

The lone interpretation of ‘Microtonal’ is provided by Juicebox Music label artist Michael A. The Belarus based producer is beloved for his productions on Hernan Cattaneo’s Sudbeat Music and Cid Inc’s Replug Records. Michael made his Juicebox Music debut in August of last year with his well received ‘Endless Time’ single and now returns for his first remix. Sitting as a lovely complement to the original, Michael opens the groove up for a deeper more spacious vibe. The main theme gets utilized to perfection during the break, building both emotion and drama before reaching a sizzling apex followed by a classy drop. It caps off what is an auspicious start to the year for Juicebox Music who not only present a fresh new talent in Tantum but have a new design aesthetic as well. It should be a great year for the Indian imprint so make sure you’re along for the ride. Highly recommended.

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Release Date: 14-01-2019

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