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Ultraverse – Rubicon [Dopamine White]

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The latest release from Nikko.Z's Dopamine White welcomes Ultraverse to the label for his debut EP. Based in Ireland, Ultraverse first emerged in 2016 with releases via Crop Circle and Morninglory Music. Drawing inspiration from Depeche Mode, Hernan Cattaneo, Lee Burridge and Sasha, Ultraverse quickly established himself in the world of progressive music. In building a meticulous discography over the next five years, the Dublin resident continued to refine his sound, eventually earning the recognition of world class DJ Nick Warren who signed him to his The Soundgarden imprint as part of the label's 2020 Winter Collection. Now coming off the lead selection on BC2's 400th release, Ultraverse continues on an upwards trajectory with his Dopamine White debut 'Rubicon', alongside a remix from Menkee.

Beginning with the pulsating hypno grooves of the title selection, Ultraverse marries fluid rhythms with heady effects and radiant atmospheres. Evolving percussive arrangements and timely melodic accents add nicely to its mediative pulse, before shifting energy into a captivating break. Understated in nature, the centrepiece delights with shimmering arrays and a spoken word narrative, building intrigue and tension before a gentle rush of drums summons the groove for a deep and engaging finale. The companion piece 'Arabian Nights' proves to be a perfect complement with its hip swinging cadence and cross-cultural motifs. Icy pads and percussive rides add nicely to its glacial flow as the main break approaches. Tense and meditative in equal measure, the interlude saturates your senses with a transcendent vocal element, wonderfully offset with atmospheric tension, before reaching a gentle crescendo and percussive final movement.

The release concludes with Menkee also making his label debut and providing the lone interpretation of 'Rubicon'. Hailing from Switzerland, Menkee has been a fixture of the progressive music underground for the better part of a decade. Releases via Balkan Connection, BC2, Mirabilis Records, MNL and Pro B Tech Music highlight his discography, while support has come in from the likes of genre tastemaker Hernan Cattaneo. Now making his Dopamine White debut, Menkee turns in a groovy rendition of 'Rubicon'. Engaging from the outset, buoyant kicks and rhythmic pulses converge for a fluid foundation, while vibrant percussion and swirling sonics bring texture to the groove. Building an emotive narrative across the first act, nostalgic melodies and hazy harmonics unite for impassioned moments. Sitting at the heart of the journey, the centrepiece delights with its timeless appeal, where billowing bass swells anchor a cloud of melodic fragments and intriguing vocal phrases, before smoothly segueing into a heartfelt finale. An inspired remix from Menkee which rounds out an impressive label debut for both himself and Ultraverse, two artists on the rise in the world of progressive house.

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Release Date: 18-03-2021

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