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Southwest Passage Remixes


Harmonious Discord
HD079 | 2022-11-18  
Patchen's 2022 album debut submerged us with the energized dulcet melodies of bay area artist Patchen Preston. A collection of love letters to his cross-country life journey all accented by his meticulous sound design. In this release, we give the album a deserved revisit with fantastic flips from KiloWatts, Polygon Rainbow, ONEX, quadratschulz, and Station Point. Wide ranges of ambient lullabies, intelligent electronic constructions, liquid atmospheres, and dubbed-out downbeats characterize this project with differing shades for all.

The first selection up is Chime Garden with a remix from the masterful KiloWatts who leverages the tension of the original but layers on funky melodic instrumentation and syncopated synth work. Polygon Rainbow grabs the gazed-out Office Life for a signature vaporwave collision, complete with BOSS drums and arpeggiated bass. Polygon builds on nostalgia with growing melodic elements. The album's tribute track Techno Tony gets a properly bent revision from Germany's quadratschulz who delivers rapid-fire moods with systematic precision. The track moves through multiple scenes all with baked complexity. In contrast with the high energy of the quadratschulz remix comes a revision of The End of the Beginning with an absolutely tranquilizing drum and bass remix from ONEX. Melodically complex but comfortably simple, this remix evokes deep emotion while remaining technically sharp. Patchen returns to the project with a tangential approach to his Chime Garden tune navigating it into more direct downtempo arenas. Wide stereo bass and slowly building garage drum constructions provide for a dancefloor iteration of the original. Closing out the project is the blissfully dubbed-out styling of longtime label member Station Point (Chakaharta, JDN). Unorthodox rhythm variations and infinitely evolving pad collisions usher the dub into the deeper water. This complexly beautiful tribute to one of the label's premiere albums of 2022 is the fitting gift for this fall.

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