Russian artists Grigory Fatyanov and Second Skin (Roman Ponomarenko) have teamed up for the evocative "Inner Vision," a rare breakbeat track on our deeper Textures imprint. The track begins with a variety of melodic "echoes" and a filtered breakbeat, evoking the immediate sensation of a subterranean or perhaps underwater locale. As the track develops, the swirling, heavily-delayed arp lines begin to emerge more clearly and are joined by lush pads. Meanwhile, a heavier, crisper breakbeat cuts through the mix and is joined by a cavernous bass. In the main break, all of the atmospheric, if not erotic, mid-range effects are solo'ed, providing a sensual, after-hours soundscape.
Recent label addition Shane Robinson (Ireland) is quickly proving himself to be one of the great new stars in the genre — with a prog-deep style that is both intricate and poignant. His take on "Inner Vision" is another ambitious undertaking: it moves in various stages, beginning with an extended intro, featuring numerous layered arp lines. Finally, at roughly the 2:30 point in the track, the beat kicks in, with a rich sub nestled underneath. As the track journeys onward, the beat picks up steam, and the gorgeous arp lines transport the listener into a deeply relaxed reverie.
Silk Textures veteran Bodytemp, better known as Approaching Black, serves up the second version; his take, centering on a subby bass groove, falls more squarely in the deep house niche. As to be expected, the rhythm picks up as the track rolls closer to the main break. There, we are met by a more traditionally "progressive" break, which is unexpectedly "visionary": a pad-bass progression underpins a lovely new (funky) lead melody, as haunting pads soar above. Fans of a classical ambient sound will be thrilled by the final version in the package: the "Ambient Dub" mix. In this take, the listener can become completely immersed in the stunning arp lines (and effects), which truly create the definitive sound of this tune.