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Galestian – Temple of Healing [Polyptych Noir]

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Following on from the release of Dark Light’s ‘Bard’s Tale’, Polyptych Noir welcomes Galestian to the label with ‘Temple of Healing’. Born in Los Angeles and currently based in Berlin, Galestian has been a fixture of the electronic underground for the better part of a decade. Success came early for the American artist, with the 2017 release of ‘Tell Me’ via ICONYC. Remixed by progressive house star Ezequiel Arias, the track would prove to be one the year’s most successful releases, eventually leading to projects for Beatfreak, Perspectives Digital and Perfecto Black. As a favourite of Nora En Pure, Nicole Moudaber, Joris Voorn, Tiësto,  Henry Saiz, Paul Van Dyk, Hernan Cattaneo, Nick Warren and more, Galestian now makes his Polyptych Noir debut with ‘Temple of Healing’, alongside remixes from Da Fresh, Starkato & Intaktogene, ANMA and Michon.

The original mix finds Galestian crafting a sleek framework of punchy beats and well carved grooves. Its rhythmic energy grows quickly, as waves of percussion, dancing arps and sweeping effects add drive across the first act. Spirited synth phrasing adds a mildly cross-cultural vibe, carrying emotion and intrigue into a break that is both tranquil and timely. The interlude builds tension masterfully, as ghostly choirs and elastic-like arps prelude a finale of poignant chord changes.

Making his label debut and providing the first interpretation of ‘Temple of Healing’ is Da Fresh. As a producer and DJ for over two decades the French artist has compiled an impressive resume. Releases for 1605, Suara and Toolroom sit prominently in his discography, while more recent outings for Freegrant Music, Movement Recordings and Perspectives Digital have continued his evolution within the world of melodic house and techno. Now continuing what has been a strong year, Da Fresh lands on Polyptych Noir with a peaktime take on ‘Temples of Healing’. Engaging from the outset, galloping beats and rhythmic pulses converge for a sleek yet energetic groove, while crisp percussion and that familiar arp line brings colour and texture to the framework. Growing more emotive as the break approaches, the main themes emerge, eventually melting down into a glowing certrepiece and stripped back drop which should satisfy the more astute dance floors out there.

Moving forward, the second remix is provided by Starkato & Intaktogene. As frequent studio partners of late, the duo have amassed an impressive joint discography. Releases for Beyond Now, DEEP TALES and Ritter Butzke Records have remained as highlights while Polyptych’s parent label has also been a landing spot for their solo creations. Now debuting on the label’s Noir division, Starkato & Intaktogene dial in a heady take on ‘Temple of Healing’. Electrically charged with perfectly manicured beats and sleek rhythmic structures, its progressive appeal beams brightly from the outset. Rolling bass lines and lively percussive arrangements marry striking stabs and timely effects as the first act evolves. The duo make great use of the primary arp during the break, ultimately creating moments of calm, before devilish effects cue an exhilarating drop and emotive finale.

Also returning to the label is ANMA who provides the third interpretation of ‘Temple of Healing’. First emerging four years ago, the French artist has compiled an impressive resume along the way. Releases via ICONYC, Mango Alley and Movement Recordings have all been sensational, while both Polyptych and Polyptych Noir have also been vehicles for his melodic techno sound. Now, as a staple in Beatport’s melodic house and techno charts, ANMA returns to Polyptych Noir with a spirited rendition of ‘Temple of Dreams’. Remarkably rhythmic and hugely energetic, it’s a mix that stays true to the themes from the original, while adding a techno state of mind. A stripped and driving first act provides all the momentum needed to segue into a near ninety second break. Dramatic and emotive in equal measure, the centrepiece drifts from the familiar arps of the original into a haunting drop and wonderfully twisted conclusion.

Wrapping up this expansive release is Polyptych label boss Michon who provides the final remix of ‘Temple of Dreams’. Although the majority of his production output has come courtesy of his own imprints, the Russian artist has also found a home on ICONYC Noir, MIR MUSIC and Suprematic of late. Looking to bring greater depth to the release, Michon flexes his creative prowess here with an afro-inspired take on ‘Temple of Dreams’. The tempo shifts down for an entirely different feel to the previous mixes which makes for quite a refreshing listen. The primary themes get reprocessed for more of a modern feel, while a bevy of exotic drum elements surround the framework with their hip-swinging appeal. Whereas the previous versions all tend to lean in an emotive direction early, Michon keeps the vibe quite icy throughout the first act and breakdown until a final act of nostalgic chord changes complete the voyage. Definitely one for a clued up dance floor and a fitting end to a sensational release for Polyptych Noir, perhaps their biggest of the year. Highly recommended.

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Release Date: 16-09-2022

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