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Not Demure – Aifos [Movement Recordings]

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Tash’s Movement Recordings opens the new year by welcoming Not Demure back to the label for his first EP. Born in Argentina and now based in Spain, Not Demure first emerged in 2017 with releases courtesy of Hitclub and TOTUM Music. Gaining momentum and fans quickly, the Mar del Plata native went on to showcase his music via LAIKA Sounds, Magician On Duty and Univack. Also finding a home on Movement Recordings, Not Demure’s contribution to the label’s ‘ProgNoesis’ Vol. 1 collection went on to be played by Guy J, and still sits at the top of his Beatport best sellers over a year later. Having released his ‘New Resilience’ EP via Movement’s Limited division in November of last year, Not Demure now steps back up to the main imprint with ‘Aifos’, alongside a remix from Weird Sounding Dude.

As Not Demure continues to find a healthy balance between organic and progressive house, it is the melodic sounds of the title selection which lead the release off. Backed by punchy beats and a warm, chunky groove, its laid-back energy is fluid from the start. As the break approaches, tantalizing arps and warm, textural drifts marry beautifully atop layers of neatly tailored percussion. The main arp continues to rise across the centrepiece, flowing through effervescent modulation and tactfully building towards an emotive final movement. The companion piece ‘Deux’ follows with an even greater emotional disposition. Colourful synth phrasing and fragmented melodies blanket a warm, voluptuous groove for an immediate heartwarming effect. Timely vocal accents add further depth across the break, before smoothly segueing into a seductive finale.

Making his label debut and providing the lone interpretation of ‘Aifos’ is Weird Sounding Dude. Based in Bangalore, the Indian artist is now considered one of his country’s most beloved progressive house producers. As a favourite of the genre’s premiere tastemakers, Weird Sounding Dude has compiled an impressive discography with standout releases via Anjunadeep, Hoomidaas, The Soundgarden and Sudbeat Music, while receiving play and support from Hernan Cattaneo, Nick Warren and Guy J. Coming off his best year to date, Weird Sounding Dude gets 2022 off to a stylish start with a stellar take on ‘Aifos’. Clocking in at nine magical minutes, the Bangalore resident finds success with a sleeker, more dubbed out approach. Pulsating grooves and dusty percussion marry beautifully with muted chord stabs and balmy atmospheres. Hopeful pads continue to rise across the main break, bringing moments of calm, while looping rhythms and a wave of noise spark a groove-centric drop and effects-laden finale. Intelligent and danceable, it goes down as another stand out production for Weird Sounding Dude, as Movement Recordings kicks off 2022 with a sensational first offering.

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Release Date: 14-01-2021

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