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NEBL0015 | 2021-05-14  
The mysterious feathered duo from Tokyo, KAISER PENGUIN, ready their second release for N.E.O.N since 2019's 'Tiger Drums'. Proving that their superlative approach to their recordings is something to behold; a sense of stamina and care that is so often overlooked in the fast-moving world of dance music.

'BOHO' is a transcendental composition that presents a mature juxtaposition of patience and energy throughout its seven-minute lifespan. The persistence of the steady quarter note kicks and swelling tambourine loops echo the mood of the slow-building chords that progressively scatter and bounce across the stereo field. Interlocking hi-hats shimmer atop while the ghostly, robotic vocals stretch and form into interlocking layers that make way for beckoning clap fills; a call to the dancefloor, a signalling rhythm that the ritual has begun. The breakdown paves way for a modal, chorus of voices that shift between rich, indulgent harmonies and unsettling discord. Falling away with grace to a bright synth arpeggio that dominates the foreground and hypnotises any listener it bestows its sound upon. These rich, complex harmonic movements are seldom heard in night-clubs; more commonly associated with the brilliance of jazz greats like Thelonious Monk or the orchestral scores of film composers. Here they are redigested and presented in a new light, surrounded by hypnotic pulses and a depth of sonics that will immerse anyone it meets.

Netherlands' natives and Ibiza frequenters Tom Zeta and Donaes Platteel, aka DONAES deliver the spellbinding remix. 'BOHO' receives a masterful renovation from the other side of the globe, where the seasoned professionals delicately hand-pick each sound from KAISER PENGUIN's original piece and re-work and marry with an adept palate of new percussion grooves. Dicing up the choral voices with diligent, rhythmic precision, their remix presents a sense of ebb-and-flow. Working in a handful of mini drops across the groove, the track mounts at a pinnacle of crisp synth chords and quivering vocal harmonies.

The sushi loving, melodic-techno masters exhibit once again that they are crafting unique dance music that adapts and develops to the needs of the ever-evolving dancefloor.

Remixed by Tom Zeta & Donaes (2)
Mixed by HIDEO KOBAYASHI at Sonic Vista Studios Japan (1)
Mixed by Tom Zeta & Donaes (2)
Mastering by Hans- Philipp Graf at HP MASTERING
Artwork by Takaprincipal

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