Artist: Marcelo Vasami
Title: Lacar / One Thousand Islands
Release: Out Now
Genre: Progressive House
As an A&R myself, I can tell you its a great day when you hear an absolute corker of a tune for the first time, ahead of pretty much every other soul. When Graziano Raffa and his team locked on to this, I bet he was beaming from ear to ear! I’ve said for many many years, the Argentinians lead the world in Progressive House – controversial, possibly. But no one makes prog like the Argentinians, and Marcelo Vasami is head and shoulders above the pack. His Frisky Radio show has a wealth of listeners, and his productions have graced some great labels already.
Those familiar with Marcelo’s music will be pleased to hear his light touch and cool melodies lift this 2 tracker into the stratosphere. Deep and deadly, he weaves a a delightful tale with off centre arps, violin and some very clever percussion. But its the deeply satisfying bass that really hooked me in, so simple in its delivery; just 3 chords over a bar, its hypnotic potency takes the listener to heaven and back.
One Thousand Islands takes things to a tougher place. Again led by well constructed percussive elements and a devilish bass line, Marcelo guides us down a darker path. A keyed hook drives us forward as the hats and shakers sit in the back ground creating tension. The break takes things back to zero before all the elements are slowly returned to the mix to power on to the end.