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Ed Lopes – Rise [Transensations]

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Transensations hits the heart of the summer season with a new EP from rising talent Ed Lopes. Hailing from Sao Paulo, Brazilian artist Ed Lopes has been emerging from his country's progressive house landscape since first appearing in 2020. With a sound that incorporates the traditional vibe of progressive house and the modern sensibility of melodic house and techno, Ed has landed key projects for leading local labels. 2022 would see Ed make his Transensations debut with 'Quantum Walk', a track which would highlight the label's popular 'Transenses' IV collection. Now, returning for his first EP project, Ed lands back on the Brazilian powerhouse with 'Rise', alongside remixes from Pedräda and Danilo Ercole.

Title track 'Rise' finds Ed collaborating with Kachas and Electric Dreams (BR) for the ultimate peak time bomb. The trio work striking synths and panoramic arps over a tough kick drums and pulsating grooves for a supreme dose of energy. The electric nature of track is not without emotion however, as the main break presents a bed of balmy key changes and soulful phrasing which perfectly spearhead a trilling finale. The remaining two originals find Ed operating in solo capacity, beginning with the chugging sounds of 'Doppler Effect'. A slight drop in tempo creates a greater sense of space compared to 'Rise', while a boisterous set of chord stabs and melodic moments complements the galloping grooves and trance-inspired motifs perfectly. Meanwhile, 'Arppegios' maintains that same peak time energy but with a greater hypnotic disposition. Aptly titled, it's an array of bending arps which set the course for symphonic synths to blaze a trail into the main break. Perhaps one of the EP's most grandiose moments, the interlude captivates from start to finish, tactfully building tension and emotion in unison as the thunderous kick drum drop for a thumping conclusion.

Presenting the lone interpretation of 'Rise' is Transensations label A&R Pedrada who comes off impressive remixes for Hiato Music and Prototype Music. The Sao Paulo resident always proves to be a creative remixer and continues to live up to that billing here. While keeping the torrid pace of the Original mix, Pedrada utilizes the trance oriented motifs in a more spacious and less pronounced fashion, replying more on rhythm, groove and timely effects to generate energy and pulse, while a healthy dose of emotion should create and oversized dancefloor response.

The release concludes with Danilo Ercole returning to the label following releases for Addictive Sounds and Flashover Recordings. With well over a decades worth of production experience, the Curitiba resident often finds a nice balance between between progressive house and trance, as evidenced by some of his biggest supporters in Ferry Corsten and Markus Schulz. Danilo manages to find that balance again here with a powerful take on 'Doppler Effect', a version which not only translates the Originals message very well, but adds a fuller more muscular feel which complements the nostalgic trance-inducing themes, ultimately capping the release off in style. Highly recommended.

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Release Date: 28-07-2023

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