Artist: Parallel Paradox
Title: Watching From A Distance
Remixers : Anil Chawla, Oliver Lieb
Label : Modu Records
Cat No: MODU019
Genre: Progressive House
Review by Andy Howarth
Born at the start of 2012, the newly formed Modu records are hitting us up with a brand new EP with remixes from heavyweights Anil Chawla and the legendary Oliver Lieb.
Title track ‘Watching From A Distance’ comes across as a peak-time Tech Houser with a seriously chunky bassline bouncing along underneath the vocals. I’m not overly sold on the bended synth line that forms the bulk of the riff, but each to their own. Chawla takes the original and gives it a proper dose of aggression. His clever use of added layers of percussion give the track a lot of pace, and if you get the chance to drop it during the closing hours of the night, I can imagine it garnering a lot of praise from a frenetic audience.
Following it up is Parallel Paradox’s second original track ‘Dreaming By The Lake’. It’s a sinister effort, with synths firing off all over the place. Vox snippets are sparsely thrown in to liven things up, and the end result is quite dramatic. Lieb takes these components and injects a whole new dynamic into the track with his own riffs and bucket loads of shakers to bulk out the percussion. Obviously you’re in fairly safe hands with Oliver, and this effort is testament to this. Whilst it’s not his best work, it’s still far superior to a great deal of other records i’ve heard these days, and also a fantastic way to round off what is a cracking EP that lovers of decent Prog or Tech House will lap up.