xosar - retreat 2 rapture (w/ xan xoda remix) - ensemble - vinylENS 001 - 73336 - eu12" - €7.99
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Ensemble is dedicated to togetherness and deep, timeless house music, initiated by 22tracks.com Brussels house selectors Gratts and Kong. First release by none less then Xosar plus a remix by Xan Xosa aka.. Check!
The EP kicks off with X(osar) Files. Like its title suggests, it's an anthemic journey through retro-future spacescapes, combining a smoldering bassline with eerie synths that drift in and out and a cryptic vocal layered with sensuality so thick it would make Mulder and Scully blush. The theme tune to the best sci-fi flick never made.
Taking on a one-time moniker that has him sounding like an original series Star Trek villain, San Soda – or rather, Xan Xoda – turns in a mature reinterpretation of dreamy off-cut Gone Is Yesterday, turning it into a tightly honed Panorama Bar jam, centered firmly around its simple but ultra-effective bassline.
B1 track Paranormal Detective picks up where X(osar) Files left off, with more ultra-cinematic pads and undulations coming together to create a slow-burning groover that balances maximalist flourishes with an entirely more delicate undercurrent.
Rounding off the release, Lycropolis is pure interstellar funk, chugging along with an infectious analogue groove and carnival-esque, swinging percussion, as if the cast of the Mos Eisley Cantina had decided to trade jazz for techno and try their hand at an underground rave.