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Track review for TRNSLDIGI003 Slider & Expose – Cosmic Sky / Hooked:

Release Date: February/March 2009
Description: Translation Recordings welcomes producers Slider and Exposé to the catalogue showcasing their unique sound in its third digital release featuring “Cosmic Sky” and “Hooked.” Starting on a simple and lonely chord, “Cosmic Sky” opens melodically and carried with haunting vocals builds to an anthemic tribute to the jungle sound.  The duo lays the foundations for this track with minimal edits and chopped up breakbeats, merging orchestral strings with thunderous amens at the drop reminiscent of being in the depth of an epic yet beautiful storm.  On the flip, “Hooked” shifts gears to deliver a sexy slice of minimal funk and captivates the ear with an eerie, entrancing and fluid harmony of rolling, vibey drums, blended basslines, catchy chords, somber strings and sensuously haunting and harmonious vocals.  Appropriately named, “Hooked” illustrates for the ears a somber yet sweetly satisfying encounter of the heart.


Track review for TRNSLDIGI002 Thought – Cultigen/Protest Songs:

Release Date: October 3, 2008
Description:  Translation Recordings’ second digital-exclusive release featuring the epic and ominous vibes of Thought from Bulgaria. Breaking away from his typically harder-edged and techy sound, Thought delivers a slice of post-apocalyptic bliss, seamlessly blending tribal percussive elements, melancholy strings, cinematic vocals, and his signature pan flute solos. Thought opens “Cultigen” with an eerie mélange of orchestral strings and tribal instrumentation that descends into a militant kick-sub combination punctuated by congas that maintains the overall cadence of the track. Flip to “Protest Songs,” which is arguably the more melodic of the two, for a similar urgency with rich industrial percussion, layered congas, unforgiving kicks, and haunting cinematic samples driven by a frantic lead that is guaranteed to unleash chaos on the dance floor.



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