Yehezkel Raz – Two Pärts review

Artist : Yehezkel Raz
Title : Two Pärts
Label : Friday Lights Music
Release : Out Now
Genre : Chillout / Progressive

Yehezkel Raz is an producer from Tel Aviv who is starting to really make waves in the saturated Isreali progressive scene. Those guys really know their onions, and with the likes of Guy Gerber, Sahar Z and Lonya among the glitterati, you quickly realise the quality on offer. Friday Lights is a digital label from Israel and releases Techno/Minimal Sounds. Established in 2011 by Igor Ilgiyaev, his vision was to choose exceptional music with a unique emotional style. Remixes come from Isreali duo Alterville and Canadian Robert Mason.

The original track certainly falls into the unique and emotional end of the spectrum. Ambient drones and pianos soon make way for a double time drum and more Vangelis like synth work creating a deeply satisfying, sonically rich layered piece. A German sounding voice penetrates the blacket of pads and keys with a responce to an unasked question regarding music adding to overall feeling of otherworldliness.

Ido and Ori (Alterville) represent a lifetime spent together DJing and making music which inspires them. Drawing from the smorgasbord of musical delights Isreal has to offer, their sound is a conbination of Ido’s love of leftfield sounds, and Ori’s rock drummer past. Their remix aims in part to marry their disparate loves with the gorgeous original to make it more dance floor orientated. Industrial and tribal, it powers along with added emphasis from the sparse arrangement given to the excellent percussive parts. Neat snare hits give it a rolling vibe and Im instantly thinking about other tracks to put around it in a mix. Perfect mid set warm up material for the deep trance/progressive crowd.

Canada’s Robert Mason has been on fire of late. And with solo material climbing the Beatport charts as well as a string of hits with long term girlfriend Amber Long, this guy is certainly going places. Again, very much keeping with the vibe of the original, Robert opts for a deeper take than the Alterville boys, and in doing so really ups the ante. With his trademark rolling bassline, something of an indication to his minimal past as Mason Bach, he sweeps us up in a maelstrom of deep progressive goodness. The break seems to come for nowhere and its chilled nature belies a second half of immense power and creativity. A classically trained musical, flecks of violin can be heard fliting in and out of the mix adding subtle nuances to an already heavily nuanced package.

Definately one of those secret weapon packs normally reserved for the stars of the scene. Its out now, so do yourselves a favour and pick this up today!


About the author

Before Decoded started, UK Editor, Simon Huxtable ran a successful podcast for new and established artists covering many forms of electronic music. No slouch on the decks himself, he has DJed at some of the countries best venues and has an ever-growing portfolio of releases under his current production moniker - Real Gone Kid.

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