Christian Sol // Mist [Troll Records]
I remember reading a good while ago that the Wighnomy Brothers were famed for sipping on glasses of red wine at their gigs and it brought a little warmth to my chest. While good old House music can have a misconstrued perception of nasty shiny fashion and potent smelling energy drinks, its nice to know that there is a more considered market out there who like to get down to something a touch more sophisticated. If I were to start dropping some claret beats, Christian Sol’s Mist EP would easily find its way into my box (or wine crate).
Red wine is a full bodied experience, and taking your first sip of this EP by diving in at the title track delivers just that. Coming in shy of four minutes, a sip is an accurate description, yet somehow so much flavour is packed into such a short span. A bass driven flow blossoms into harps, icy organs and aquatic textures, before slipping back into its groove to slip away. Deep House boys Kruse & Nuernberg are tasked with stretching Mist into a full length club outing, taking the mood with an ever so subtle nudge up the intensity scale, working crackling layers of loops and scattered percussive noises, dropping into a lengthy break laden with piano, bassoon and strings. I mean it when I say you could probably fit the entire original in the break quite comfortably, but this all acts as a catalyst when the kicks explode back in. Deep but certainly danceable.
The remaining two tracks dial up the speed but without sacrificing the subtlety; Skptc9 is one of those tracks that sits effortlessly between deep, progressive and tech, adept at turning its hand at being a building early set moment or a full flow emotional release. Going for the Dub aspect of the package, What Do We Do picks you up and shunts you in an audio washing machine. Rather than water pumping through the holes as you tumble around the drum, synth stabs churn and foam around you, hypnotic and dizzying. Definitely a release to drink a toast to.
Release Date: July