Carlotek – Darkened Soul / Shards

darkened soul

This isn’t out until May but I thought you might like to hear this reinterpretation of a Chicago house style. Lovely crisp beats, synths sounding almost like pianos and dark overtones make this one for both those who remember the 90s and those who wanted to. No wonder Slam’s Orde Meikle is a supporter.

Blurb: The Brooklyn tastemaker House label that brought you Azzido Da Bass, Fukkk Off and La Tourette, bring you their latest signing, Carlotek, and his dark House & Techno EP ‘Darkened Soul’. Carlotek released his first single ‘Rosario’ in 2010 on SP Recordings. Opening up the EP is ‘Shards’ – a generous serving of twisted moody House, already getting aired on prestigous stations, like Proton Radio, Ibiza Sonica and MOS Radio. Arppegiated synth lines open up the intro, setting the mood, accompanied by off kilter percussion. Mood swings prevail, making it a favourite for late night spinners, like Paco Osuna, Bottin and Moodymanc. We then drop into the meat of the track, basslines oozing attitude and flanged fx cutting through the mix. Melodies and harmonies are a plenty here. On the flipside we have the Detroit/Chicago flavoured ‘Darkened Soul’. Staccato drums pay homage to classic 80s Chicago House and the pitch dipping synths, create an interestingly weird texture for the track. Throw in with this, felt vocals and contra time synth stabs, and you have a 3AM head nodder. Progressing the melody later in the track, Carlotek brings in an arabic oud to provide a distant descending sequence, maintaining the listener’s interest, as this dark, subversive take on House progresses.


~ by acidted on March 24, 2013.

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