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JFR – Kira | Zulu [Clubsonica Records]

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Clubsonica Records continues a strong start to the year by welcoming JFR to the label for his debut EP. Juan Franco Rivero aka JFR hails from Mendoza and has been rising out of Argentina's progressive house underground since making his debut in 2017. Antrim's Strangers Beats and Madloch's 3rd Avenue have served as landing spots for his melodic sound. 2021 proved to be a breakout year for JFR, as the Argentine continued his upward trajectory with standout releases for UK behemoth Anjunadeep, Dreamers and the fast-rising Nature Rec. World class DJ Hernan Cattaneo has also taken a liking to JFR's sound, featuring the Argentine's music in both his live and radio sets on multiple occasions. Now presenting his first EP project of 2022, JFR adds Clubsonica to his resume with 'Kira | Zulu', alongside remixes from djimboh and Deviu.

'Kira' gets the release underway and sits as one of JFR's most emotive productions to date. Warm beats and a buzzing groove set the foundation for a narrative of gentle stabs, rolling rhythms and detailed percussion. Pushing a poignant storyboard, kaleidoscopic arps rise across the first act, flowing through tasteful modulation while impassioned chord charges and symphonic overlays bring depth and colour leading into the main break. Executed to perfection, the interlude builds anticipation through striking chord stabs and siren-like wails, before melting down to a pulsating drop and smooth finale. The companion piece 'Zulu' finds JFR diversifying his portfolio further with a smooth melodic creation. Sleek and positive throughout, the eight-minute journey delights with its whimsical arps and balmy atmospheres. The narrative then shifts with colourful tones highlighting the main break; glowing and effervescent in equal measure, this newfound theme not only demonstrates what a melodic craftsman JFR has become but sets in motion a glowing musical finale.

The lone interpretation of 'Kira' is provided by djimboh who makes his label debut. Hailing from the UK, djimboh first came to our attention in 2019 with releases via Freegrant Music, Immersed and Mango Alley. Quickly regarded for a sound that was both groovy and musical, the London resident continued to impress across the next two years, finding favour with a cross-section of the underground's premiere tastemakers, while adding top tier imprints such as Monstercat and TRYBESof to his resume. Now looking to kickstart his 2022 in style, djimboh debuts on Clubsonica with a gorgeous take on 'Kira'. Opting for a deeper approach, the UK artist makes intelligent use of the primary themes, while incorporating his own, uniquely distinctive quirks. Perhaps most impactful however is the main break, which clocks in at an expansive two-minute running time. Here, djimboh allows glowing tones to resonate against a warm, hazy backdrop, casting a spell over the listener, before breaking out into a tastefully restrained final movement.

The release concludes with Deviu making his label debut and providing the lone interpretation of 'Zulu'. Based in Pasto, the Colombian artist began his journey into electronic music production in 2014 under a variety of alias', before eventually settling on Deviu in 2020. Created as an outlet to explore the realms of deep, progressive and organic house, Deviu soon landed releases on Nick Warren's The Soundgarden, Dopamine White and Purified, where his fresh sound immediately found footing. Now continuing his journey with Clubsonica, the Colombian artist dials in an impressive rendition of 'Zulu'. Building elegantly, its glassy arps and fluttery motifs descend over a warm, voluptuous framework, eventually advancing the journey into an emotive break. Stripping right down, the interlude brings further brilliance to the spirit of the track through charming plucks and heartfelt bass swells, before giving way to a colourful crescendo of drums and effects, which initiate a soaring finale. A gorgeous remix from Deviu which rounds out a welcome Clubsonica debut for himself, djimboh and JFR.

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Release Date: 04-03-2021

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