Montreal’s Clarian drops his first EP on Turbo, backed by remixes from Iron Galaxy and Sei A
Visionquest & Supplement Facts regular, formerly one half of Footprintz, and A&R at Seth Troxler’s new Soft Touch imprint, Clarian has been steadily developing a solid portfolio and reputation. A prolific artist with more than just production skills, he clearly has a special talent for songwriting and a gift for melody. Up until now he’s been notably unconstrained by the narrow limits of EDM genre-fication, and this EP is no exception, as he confidently explores a new direction..
Drawing influence from the bittersweet, emotive sounds of deep, post-Burial UK house, ‘Road to Recovery’ shimmers with romance and nostalgia, a rare case of hauntingly beautiful, yet easily playable dance music. The warm textures and ambient backdrop are just as rich on ‘Who Are They to Judge Us,’ which adds skillfully cut vocals that speak to the producer’s sensitivity.
Turbo and Aus prodigy Sei A is an ideal candidate for remixing Road to Recovery, and he doesn’t disappoint, retaining all the mood and character of the original while toughening up the beats and reworking the arrangement to turn it into a club weapon.
Fellow Montrealer Iron Galaxy, hot off remarkable Boiler Room and Mutek performances, as well as releases on James Zabiela’s Born Electric and Audio Culture, shows off analog wizardry with his remix of ‘Who Are They to Judge Us,’ building the energy up through melodic counterpoint.
Far and away the most musical thing to come out on Turbo in a while, not to be missed!