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Astatum – Dark Light [Polyptych Noir]

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Following on from the success of Shayan Pasha's 'Silver Lining', Polyptych welcomes Astatum to the label for their debut EP. Hailing from Spain, Manuel Rojas and Jose Ramos both enjoyed success in their respective solo careers before forming Astatum in 2020. The duo's pehchant for tough techno minded grooves and astral melodies quickly found a home on Reload Black Label and Phobiq, who served as vehicles for their 2021 releases. Further success arrived this year, with the duo enjoying a creative and prolific stretch with standout offerings via Three Hands Records, Red Eclipse Recordings and Renesanz. Now, continining an upwards climb, Astatum embarks on their biggest project to date with a three track showcase via Polypytch's Noir imprint.

The first and title selection ‘Dark Light’ sets the tone with a pulsating, hypno-groove and otherworldly effects. Stripped and tense in equal measure, the duo builds drama across the first act with percussive flurries, billowing stabs and icy pads. As the main break approaches a lonely vocal sample drifts gently below the surface, adding mystery and intrigue. Expanding further across the centrepiece, the vocal takes centrestage, flowing through breathy phrases, building tension and emotion as muted beats rise onwards to a classy drop and growling finale. Also included for the more adventurous selectors out there is an Acoustic Version of the track, which relies on a gorgeous piano lead to complement the vocal across three poignant minutes.

Continuing on a darker monochrome are the electric qualities of ‘Privileged Minds’. A tough, driving groove sits at the foundation, while crunchy rhythms and layers of fascinating percussion fill in the framework. Its flair for the dramatic grows as vocal fragments and acid lines converge, carrying with them a wealth of prophetic qualities as the breakdown begins. From a quiet calm percolating arps rise as warm bass swells and symphonic synths steal the air, eventually giving way to buzzing lines and shapeshifting vocals as the track reaches a torrid apex.

The third and final selection ‘Kurko’ sits as a perfect complement with its spacious vibe and contemporary appeal. Spongy beats and sleek grooves set the foundation for haunting vocal samples, swirling arps and sweeping effects. Opening up further, the main break adds greater depth as the vocal narrative expands and wintry pads flow through emotive chord changes. Muted kicks eventually melt away, lost in a haze of foggy harmonics as devilish stabs spark a chugging finale. It rounds out an excellent Polyptych Noir debut for Astatum, an artist duo who continues to stake their claim in the melodic house and techno underground. Highly recommended.

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Release Date: 21-10-2022

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