Autumn Selections 05

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The fall season is often an introspective period in our lives, prompted by the pensive moods evoked by the fall foliage. We're delighted to present "Autumn Selections 05,” featuring a variety of emotive deep and progressive house cuts.

Polish label newcomer Martin Graff kicks off the release with “Balance,” a club-flavored progressive stormer. An artist we have admired for many years, due to his prolific contributions to the melodic progressive house genre, Martin begins the composition with a filtered bassline, which quickly evolves into a robust, peak-hour groove; a repeating vocal motif also emerges, which proves to be both euphoric and hypnotic. A few minutes into the arrangement, a gorgeous chord progression fills out the midrange of the composition. In the main breakdown, the chords transform into staccato notes, eliciting an ecstatic release from the listener that continues into the drop section to follow.

Bound to Divide and Makay, hailing from the UK and USA, respectively, are both new faces on our imprint; they’ve teamed up on “Cascade,” an exhilarating progressive anthem. The song centers on a poignant vocal theme, which weaves in and out of the soundscape and pans across the sound spectrum throughout the arrangement, to hallucinatory effect. In the main breakdown, a rousing string section provides a breathtaking mid-track respite, followed by the return of the blissful, cascading bass, melodic and vocal layers.

Enigmatic, yet another promising talent to make his debut on the “Autumn Selections 05” EP, serves up the mesmerizing “Miracle Valley.” An evocative aura immediately transports the listener to a mystical locale, reinforced by a hauntingly beautiful piano theme at the song’s quarter turn. Organic percussive elements fill out the steady and soothing rhythm section, as moody pads continue to pass by overhead like darkening clouds. The main breakdown offers an exceedingly moving sequence, as crystalline synths pierce through the murky, almost forlorn soundscape and provide a glimmer of hope to the listener.

Veteran label contributor Sound Quelle offers the cinematic breaks track “Ritmika,” which begins with the faint echoes of a kick drum and a harmonious choir. The Russian phenom delivers his signature bellowing bass swells at the quarter turn, propelling the track into the next gear. An almost tribal soundscape emerges, courtesy of layered percussive elements, ongoing chants (in the foreground), and a few isolated vocal cries (in the background) for good measure. A few short beat-less breakdown sequences highlight this thought-provoking aural odyssey.

“Contemplation,” the last of this year’s “Autumn Selections,” solidifies Lessov’s reputation as one of the most gifted composers of meditative electronic music in our ranks. A mellifluous string and flute theme, underpinned by a buoyant, yet tranquil house groove, carries the listener into a state of profound introspection. As the song progresses, additional string themes and the fragile keystrokes of a piano further set our minds to rest and allow us to slip into a desireless state.

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released October 2, 2020

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Monstercat Silk Los Angeles, California

Los Angeles-based record label founded in 2008 -- home of the best progressive house, chillout, and melodic electronic music. Proudly part of the Monstercat family.

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We believe in the therapeutic power of music, and in forging human connections through electronic soundscapes.
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