The Dutch producer Atiq, known for his bass-covering record label Mindtrick Records, has carefully crafted four up-tempo rockers specifically designed for people that love half-time music. It's his first solo EP since his collaborative releases with good friend Enk - and is about to release a few more in the near future! Atiq's addition to Onset Audio, catalogued as OA082, is all about encompassing rhythms, beautiful soundscapes and roaring bass. Every element switches places throughout time, which makes it an impeccable journey to experience. With support from tempo familiars Tangent, Aeon Waves, Dyl and Red Army - who is about to release his 'Sleep Terror' EP with Homemade Weapons on Samurai Music - makes it a release to support without hesitation.
EP opener 'Sonorous' drops you right into Atiq's renewed sound; one that confronts listeners with (passive) aggression and effective minimalism. 'The Euclidean Perspective' follows suit to showcase his feel for sound design and balance. It offers everything you need to drift off to another dimension. Mesmerising frequencies in 'Hiraeth' suck you right into a half-time endeavor with a cinematic twist, while 'Real Life' touches back on darkened bass -notable sound system testers. Red Army shares his vision onto Atiq's title track, a tunneling spin-off that will haunt the mind. The subtler take on 'Hiraeth' by Aeon Waves adds clarity to the EP as a whole and forms an essential piece of the puzzle. Dyl fades out the original drum patterns in 'The Euclidean Perspective' and adds energy to the sonority of Atiq's masterpiece.
Favorite track is Lodestones or Magnetic Moments. Enjoy the whole album, but these stood out because of the piano.
It would be interesting to hear and see the result of Noel writing music for films (thriller, mystery, suspense, crime, fiction) or games (exploring worlds, solving puzzles)
I was hoping for some piano solos like Remembering and The Mole Children on the From Memory album.
Noel's best music is when you feel like you're watching a movie and it's the soundtrack. kevin.devine