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Zoeken – Aleph [Onestar Records]

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Onestar Records opens the summer season by welcoming Zoeken to the label for his debut EP. Hailing from Colombia, Daniel Gomez Velasco aka Zoeken first emerged in 2017 with a release on Russia’s Round Triangle. Daniel’s progressive sound was quickly recognized going forward, as he went on to land releases with Clubsonica Records, Deepersense Music, Natura Viva and Stellar Fountain’s Black division. Now following two EP’s for Smart Phenomena to begin 2021, the Bogota resident steps up to Onestar with the ‘Aleph’ EP, alongside a remix from Daniel Jula.

The release begins with the heady vibes of the title selection. Dark and rugged from the outset, it quickly captures your imagination with its trippy, atmospheric quality. Moving through layers of detailed percussion and catchy arps, the framework eventually strips down into an expansive break. Spanning nearly two minutes in length, the centerpiece moves through atmospheric phrasing and rising modulation for moments that are both tense and emotive, before a flurry of drums and a tasteful crescendo cue a groovy drop and charged finale.

The second selection ‘Wonders’ follows with a similar design profile but with a deeper, hypnotic sensibility overall. Remarkably groovy, it’s chunky, well contoured bass commands attention, moving through rolling undulation and rhythmic pulses, while driving percussion and luminous electronics add further spice to the groove. Ethereal overlays initiate the main break, eventually melting down to a reservoir of quirky electronics and fuzzy arps, perfectly setting the stage for a thumping final movement.

The third and final original ‘Orbita’ continues the EP’s journey into deeper progressive sounds. Marrying nostalgic sensibilities, Zoeken layers rolling rhythmic structures with percussive waves and charming effects. It’s a sleek and highly engaging storyboard, one which resonates on a deeper level with emotive chord changes and striking design qualities. It’s the subtleties which command your attention and perfectly set the stage for a poignant break and stomping finale.

The release concludes with Daniel Jula also making his label debut and providing the lone interpretation of ‘Aleph’. Also hailing from Bogota, Colombia, Daniel’s early beginnings date back to 2017 when he emerged as a tech house and techno producer via releases with Academy Records and Deux Minds Records. Having collaborated with Zoeken on a single for Bevel Rec in 2020, Daniel now makes his much anticipated Onestar debut with a powerful rendition of ‘Aleph’. Leaning more towards the techno inspired side of progressive house, the Bogota resident focuses on a darker, more edgy narrative, resulting in a great complement to the original. Commanding yet fluid, it’s fiery percussion, muscular groove and sweeping effects make for an intense first act. A cosmic arp emerges as the main break approaches, effortlessly shifting energy into the cavernous centrepiece, before waves of effects and intense modulation sparks a massive drop and huge final act. A powerful remix from Daniel which caps off an impressive Onestar debut for both himself and Zoeken, two rising talents who you are bound to hear more about as 2021 progresses.

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Release Date: 14-06-2021

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