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Ruben Karapetyan – Nostalgic Recall [RKP]

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Ruben Karapetyan’s RKP imprint arrives in exciting fashion with a much anticipated single from the label boss himself. Born in Armenia but now calling Los Angeles home, Ruben Karapetyan has carved out a unique place in the electronic underground. His emotive synth leads, cross-cultural motifs and tough, dancefloor minded grooves have made for a resonant worldly sound that is all his own. Following a ten-year hiatus, Ruban made a triumphant return to electronic music in 2020 with a series of the releases via Mango Alley, Movement Recordings, The Soundgarden and Univack. On the strength of his fresh, progressive sound Ruben quickly earned praise from the genre’s trendsetters in Hernan Cattaneo and Nick Warren, while also becoming a regular in Beatport’s competitive sales charts. Now, as one of the genre’s most in demand talents, Ruben launches his RKP imprint with ‘Nostalgic Recall’, alongside remixes from Michael A and Hobin Rude.

As a much requested track from Ruben’s recent sets, 'Nostalgic Recall’ finds the Los Angeles resident at his creative best. Instantly seductive, its contoured grooves, flashing percussive arrangements and dubbed out chord stabs drive each other into a whirlpool of spiraling directions, making for a flexible club track that bends between moods, while injecting vibrant energy into the dancefloor. Sitting at the heart of the journey is a rich textural break, one where Ruben builds anticipation through emerging arps and tasteful modulation, eventually peaking for a thunderous drop and hypnotic finale.

Making his label debut with the first interpretation of ‘Nostalgic Recall’ is Michael A. Hailing from Belarus, Michael A has been amongst progressive music’s elite guard for the better part of a decade. Having emerged with a groovy club effective style, Michael would quickly earn praise and support from Hernan Cattaneo and Nick Warren, while landing key releases via Hope Recordings, Replug and Sudbeat. Now, on the strength of 2023 offerings via Proton Music and his own Genesis imprint, Michael makes his RKP debut with a stellar rendition of ‘‘Nostalgic Recall’. Warm rippling basslines and dark rebounding rhythms set the course for granular stabs and hopeful atmospheres to work their magic leading into the break. A gorgeous contrast from the veteran artist, and one which is explored further across the captivating interlude, as prophetic melodies and a vortex of effects unite in a groove-centric drop and otherworldly finale.

The release concludes with Hobin Rude also making his label debut with the second and final interpretation of ‘Nostalgic Recall’. Hailing from Serbia, Hobin Rude first emerged in 2020 with a remix for Jelly For The Babies’ One Of A Kind imprint. Going forward, his progressive sound quickly found favour with the genre’s premiere tastemakers, eventually leading to standout releases via Plattenbank, The Soundgarden and Sound Avenue. Also an established DJ, the Belgrade resident has the distinction of performing with elite international talents such as Guy J, Roy Rosenfeld, Tim Green, Volen Sentir and more. With the first quarter of 2023 highlighted by projects for Mango Alley, Suza and Univack, Hobin continues on an upwards trajectory as he makes his RKP debut with a haunting take on ‘Nostalgic Recall’. Always a creative remixer, Hobin takes inspiration from the original, remodeling the track into a smooth atmospheric slice of progressive house. Complete with dizzying textural refrains and a spectacular effects narrative, it’s a thought-provoking progressive journey for the ages – one which caps off a must have first offering from Ruben Karapetyan’s RKP imprint in fine style. Highly recommended.

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Release Date: 12-05-2023

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