1. Promise One feat. Sparkz – See We Roll
2. Promise One & Geode – Chroma
3. DIGI – Promise One – Ghost Note
Ez everyone. After a hefty hiatus, Syte has resurfaced his Open Earz imprint with one of the underground’s most talented rising figures, Promise One. Marking Nick’s third release since his 2011 debut, there is a distinct evolution apparent throughout his sound design – a sense of cohesiveness and clarity that signals the dawn of strong legacy. The triple track release puts forth two to physical and three to digital, pleasing both sides of the dichotomous format landscape. Joining forces with Mancunian vocalist, Sparkz, a member of the Voodoo Black trio who can also be spotted running the mic for The Mouse Outfit, ‘See We Roll’ is a dancefloor gem with its vacillating bass variations and entangled percussion being attentively navigated with cunning dialect. The flip comes with an entirely different flavor as Promise One shares the buttons with Geode, who has been redefining boundaries of his own under the roof of his collective effort imprint, Chord Marauders. ‘Chroma’ taps into a more soulful and melodic archive with pitched down vocal cuts and synthetic key progressions complemented with shuffling hat rides and lush, spacious pads that give the mix an enduring warmth. The digital exclusive, ‘Ghost Note’, comes strong with a dreadnaught dissonance vibe. Phase-drenched synths syncopate across the soundfield with panning and delay as their main mechanisms of movement. The anomalous atmospheres and guttural sub-pressure compliment the cyborg apocalypse quite nicely, might I add.
With the Chord Marauders having established a eminent presence as one of the more refreshing avenues currently pursued within the 140 template, Congi’s ‘Tidal Fragments’ surges track-by-track with reinforcement as to reasoning behind this stature. The meticulously constructed drums hit with astouding clarity as they seamlessly swing and syncopate. A sea of spaciously dubbed atmospheres blanket the album’s paradigm of soulful melody, paving avenue for an airy, almost celestial cover-to-cover listening experience. While I dare not bore you with an exhaustive review of the entire album, there are a couple standout tunes I must bring into the feature. Firstly, ‘Scales, Steps, & Intervals’ is an absolute gem. Congi & B9 on the track together is never going to disappoint, but this one is truly something special. Secondly, ‘Lost Path’ hits a deep nerve with me. The melancholic atmosphere, the punchy sub notes, and off-kiltered snares all form a very cohesive and powerful message when in the presence of each other, and this track really grabs hold of mind and emotion.