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Meanwhile Excursions, Vol. 3

Various Artists

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MW047 | 2023-08-04  
Back for a third sonic voyage into the world of deep and sensual progressive house, GMJ and Matter welcome 10 artists, both seasoned regulars and label newcomers, as they showcase "Meanwhile Excursions, Vol. 3".

Opening the 2023 edition, Sri Lankan and US duo, Dimuth K and Forerunners create a smooth rolling groove from where "Exit Reality" flows in melodic rivulets, eerie synth lines and ambient effects. Hitting its stride post-breakdown, hypnotic patterns provide dancefloor vibrancy. Continuing the coruscating rhythmic vibe, EMPHI and Zankee Gulati deliver trademark poise – the Swedish star generating an immaculately cadenced synth line and textured pads on the club-friendly "Azur", and the Australian producer bearing fruit with shimmering and free-flowing lead lines and bouncing bass groove on "HereAfter".

The next quartet ably demonstrate a collection of artists at the peak of their powers, Armenia's Ruben Karapetyan builds bass dominance and seething sultry dancefloor prowess in the early movements of "Erechtheum" before a mirrored synth line blossoms post-breakdown. Seasoned Greek producer, Simos Tagias, needs little introduction to the Meanwhile faithful and "Reality" is replete with 24-carat production pedigree as silky smooth and Vangelis-esque passages swim across a chunky backdrop. From the Balearic Islands to Belarus, late-night gems sparkle in the moonlight where Not Demure generates spine-tingling emotion with "Vis Pace" through his gradually evolving melodies that reach a stunning zenith at the breakdown. Rising and falling within a sturdy beat, sub bass and light percussive surround, the result is a progressive masterclass. The crunchy bass sequence and emotive chord sequences of "Upside Limit" are a deft reminder of Michael A's production talent. Developing with ease, and stamped with a watermark of sonic identity, the Michael A sound is easily identifiable.

Making their Horizons debut Ezequiel Anile and Nicolas Petracca have been creating waves in the progressive house fraternity for more than 5 years as EANP. "Forget" is no exception with its delicately arpeggiated pattern and flowing stripped-back mid-section that is then juxtaposed alongside hefty beat in the latter stages. The uplifting chord progressions and ethereal atmosphere of "Just a Toy" finds Anton Brazhenov creating a dense and swirling aural collage with his Meeting Molly moniker, holding firm against a mesmerising grooved backdrop. The free-flowing sequences and organic-sounding synth work of Tommi Oskari rounds Vol. 3 off with the aptly titled "Morning on Mercury". Delicately pitched, twinkling keys and superbly programmed bassline create an innovative sound which picks up the pace in the final stages after a captivating trip across outer the solar system.

10 new tracks of shimmering and ethereal beauty highlight a progressive voyage of discovery within "Meanwhile Excursions, Vol. 3".

Directed by GMJ and Matter
Mastered by Cid Inc.
Design by Matter
Text by James Warren

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