As one of the key members of Solomun‘s Diynamic imprint, Adriatique have come into contact with some of the most impressive artists in the world of dance music. So when it came time for them to put together series of remixes for their album, Nude, there was a long of line of prospective collaborators excited to sink their teeth into the duo’s diverse debut LP.
Just like the album itself, the cast of remixers is widespread across the electronic music spectrum. First up on the list is Tale of Us and Mathame’s remix of “Mystery.” These two being featured on the remix package is no surprise, as Nude was an Afterlife release. Tale of Us owns Afterlife, and Mathame is a resident of the label. What’s further expected was the succinct and effective groove the four of them applied to the original.
Immediately following is a remix from Adriatique’s good friend Solomun, who had his hand on the LP’s title track, “Nude.” This track was ostensibly one of the least danceable on the album, at less than four minutes long with a high-speed tempo and erratic feel. Solomun reigned in Adriatique’s defining idea and re-imagined at as a half-time break odyssey.
Other contributors to this stellar package are Keinemusik’s Rampa, as well as Agents of Time, Johannes Brecht, and more. Listen to the full release below.
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Ray is an embodiment of Adriatique‘s aural personality across two tracks. The first, “Voices Of The Dawn,” takes conjures gloomy imagery as cunningly-arranged analog synth progressions bounce around the ears. Tribal-inspired drum patterns accent these melodies in an oddly satisfying way, topped off by strategically-placed roars and growls that add to the overall darkness from the finished product.
The EP’s namesake production moves Ray into the light — as its name suggests. Even more melodic than “Voices Of The Dawn,” “Ray” captures a pleasant sentimentality that feels sunny while listening. Warm chords in harmony with one another create a calm atmosphere. That said, on the dancefloor it will surely cause collective hand-raising.
Deadmau5 has a proven A&R knack for spotting emerging talent, and historically, he’s equipped them to go off and take over their own corners of the ever-growing EDM empire. If the career trajectories of artists like REZZ or Skrillex serve as any indication, then we have another star on our hands with Rinzen.
The LA-based mau5trap recruit, currently riding his breakthrough wave on the recent “Prologue” tour, has now dropped off his debut mixtape of the same name, giving fans a glimpse at his crate of current personal favorites. Rinzen blends tracks from Mind Against, Adriatique, and Jeremy Olander, along with two unreleased original pieces and a handful of additionally sophisticated tech house selects.
This is The Prologue, my first-ever mixtape. It’s a 1-hour mix which features some of my favorite music of the moment, as well as two brand new Rinzen tracks.
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So far, the burgeoning beatmaker has delivered exceptionally conceptual projects, and “The Prologue” mixtape is no different. There’s an underlying theme of equal parts trepedation and thrilling excitement that plays across the hour-long mix as it dips into deep house, progressive, and tribal territories. The mix reflects the process by which Rinzen continues to find his footing in this first chapter of his career as he sets out on what’s clearly going to be a momentous journey for the emerging producer.