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Dublew & STEREO MUNK – Ballad of a Distant Star [Dopamine White]

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Nikko.Z's Dopamine White opens the month of September by welcoming Stereo Munk and Dublew to the label for their debut single. Based in Pakistan, Stereo Munk and Dublew have been frequent collaborators for the better part of five years. Often finding a creative balance between progressive and organic house, the duo has taken their superlative sound to well established imprints such as 3rd Avenue, Mango Alley and Movement Recordings, while earning support from genre trendsetter Hernan Cattaneo. Continuing to deliver fresh music across 2023, Dublew and Stereo Munk now add Dopamine White to their resume with 'Ballad Of A Distant Star', alongside remixes from Dark Soul Project and Maze 28.

Beginning with the Original mix Dublew and Stereo Munk masterfully synthesize their talents into one singular progressive minded vision. Warm punchy beats and a spacious groove set the foundation for a narrative of metallic fragments, cosmic effects and heartfelt harmonics. Pushing a melodic mood into the break; the duo marries glowing pads with balmy synth phrasing, building emotion with each successive pass, as orbiting effects tease the senses, before eventually giving way to a thumping drop and smooth meditative finale.

Making his label debut with the first interpretation of 'Ballad Of A Distant Star' is Dark Soul Project. With a career that spans well over a decade Argentinean artist Dark Soul Project has remained a fixture of the progressive house underground, showcasing his groovy percussive sound via Balkan Connection, Proton Music and Sound Avenue, while world class DJs John Digweed, Hernan Cattaneo, Laurant Garnier, Nick Warren and Sasha have all been supporters of his work. Having appeared on label affiliate Dopamine Music on two previous occasions, Dark Soul Project now debuts on the label's 'White' subsidiary with a stellar rendition of 'Ballad Of A Distant Star'. While maintaining the elusive spirit of the original, the Argentinean artist crafts a version aimed squarely at the dancefloor, one where redolent themes, fragmented vocals and symphonic chord stabs blanket a beefed up groove and flashing percussive arrangements. Coming to full fruition across the main break, it's a bucolic college of texture, effects and deconstructed vocals which serves to elevate mood onwards to a supremely rhythmic conclusion.

The release concludes with Maze 28 making his label debut with the second and final interpretation of 'Ballad Of A Distant Star'. Hailing from Albania, Mario Zefi aka Maze 28 has emerged as one of his country's most hotly tipped new progressive house artists. In just three short years the Durres resident has earned support from Antrim, DJ Ruby, Dosem, Nick Muir, Paul Van Dyk, Stan Kolev and more, while his melodic creations have found a home on Droid9, Mango Alley, Panda Lab and his own Best Pro Records imprint. Now, fresh off a contribution to Juicebox Music's popular 'Fables' collection, Maze 28 adds Dopamine White to his resume with an exhilarating take on 'Ballad Of A Distant Star'. Sitting comfortably in an emotive yet thought provoking space, Maze 28's titanium kick drums and tougher groove set the pace for percolating effects and sweeping harmonies to rise as the main break evolves, eventually breaking off as a flurry of pyrotechnic synths sparks a pulsating drop and thunderous finale.

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Release Date: 01-09-2023

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