Exclusive Premiere: Powel – The Grand Opening (Dawn Till Dusk)

Artist: Powel
Title: Iblard
Label: Dawn Till Disk
Cat No: DTD001EP
Release Date: 6th September 2019
Genre: Deep House

As the waves licked the shore, a sense of calm came over them. Contented calm. This was their happy place, their nirvana. Nothing could harm them here, there was only good, and love, and music from sunset to sunrise. ‘Dawn till Dusk’ they would call it, and soon it would attract others seeking the same things, the same calm contentment that only the music of sunrises and sunsets could provide. Music that captivates the mind, and frees the soul.

The first of them was Powel. A gifted musician from Germany, who has had previous releases on All Day I Dream, Do Not Sit, and Anjunadeep. Powel’s music captures warm, airy atmospheres, and celestial rhythms, and he always finds a way to thread natural elegance and tasteful patience in his productions.

Opening with ‘Iblard’, the sparsest of all, its aquatic pads draws you into a warm place, where discordant melodies swirl across the spilling, and dripping percussion, and a lazy bass sigh intermittently to make its presence known. Once the warbled radio static appears towards the end, you know peak satisfaction has been reached.

‘Aburaya’ is next in both vocal, and instrumental form. Deeply Detroitian by design, the uplifting pads and keys made this life-affirming, it’s crescendo shouting joy from the rooftops.

On ‘Johannesburg’ we are quickly transported into Powel’s world. A sparse beat slowly transforming into a warm vibe with rhodesy keys, violins, and male vocal ad-libs.

‘The Grand Opening’ named after (and also sampling) the Swedish band, adds live instrumentation to the deep house aesthetic with aplomb: gritty percussion drives the track, as airy harmonics drift in, and out of the mix.

While wonky rubbery bass powers ‘Hang On’ forward with nuanced keys, and vocal shots ricocheting around your head.

It’s very apt that Powel is the first artist to release on new imprint Dawn till Dusk. The German epitomise music which captivates the mind and frees the soul, a notion the new label will encapsulate. This EP is the perfect start to the new project, music that can translate to desert dancefloors, or soundtrack sunrise/sunsets on the beaches of Ibiza.

01. Powel – Iblard
02. Powel – Aburaya (Instrumental Mix)
03. Powel – Aburaya (Original Vocal Mix)
04. Powel – Johannesburg
05. Powel – The Grand Opening
06. Powel – Hang On

You can buy the release here.


About the author

Director and DJ, Ian French (Naif) is passionate about every genre of music from Breakbeat, to Drum & Bass, to Techno and Progressive House. If he was to describe his preferred style of music he would probably describe it simply as electronic music. Besides his love for music and DJing his other passions are fine cuisine, wine, and travel.

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