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Para One - Lean On Me

Marble Music on April 28, 2012 18:22

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    Spring time is finally here and Para One has brand new material for us to celebrate it ! Before the release of "Passion", his highly anticipated second solo album after 2006’s "Epiphanie", Para wanted to give you a first taste of what his sophomore effort sounded like. "Lean On Me" features the immense Teki Latex on the vocoder, singing a sweet and lovely tale of tender desire. The track is warm, futuristic 2-step with round, bouncy surfaces and a classic dramatic Para One break, like a massive raincloud, which is blown out shortly afterwards by an irresistible "Red Hot Car"-like percussive sequence. It all ends with an angular, trebley and heavily processed synth solo. This is what one could call a crushed-out song. Both fun and deep, clubby and brainy, like most of Para’s best work.

    The Salva remix sounds like a great instrumental for Lil B or Main Attrakionz : clouded and ethereal synthetic R&B, like an endless caress from a loving spectre. It’s serene and fierce at the same time, both MIDI-fied and deeply physical. Teki’s vocals are transformed into bits of echo and slippery waves. The beat gets ruffer mid-track but the crazy spliffed-out muzak vibe keeps going. A radical rework indeed.

    Hrdvsion untwists the syncopated rhythm of the original to make it more 4/4, injecting a large dose of straightforward mental club drive in it, and keeps the "Red Hot Car" part as a mini-hook locked into the beat, as well as the original’s break parts. This is like a spastic twin version, and this is singularly amazing.

    Max Tundra knows his stuff when it comes to create poppy, quirky dancescapes, and that’s exactly what he proves on his remix : motorik intro, then followed by warmy naïve pads and bassline. This is kind of miniaturizedly epic, all micro-vibes and short suggestions of how the track could have sounded if he seriously wanted to produce a standard remix. But it’s Tundra, you know : faux tropical meets post-Sakamoto synths, then everything turns into the magnificent soundtrack of a video game he dreamt about while spending his holidays in Corsica. Proper freaky classy stuff from the all too rare Max.

    Text by Etienne Menu.
    Artwork by Museum Studio.
    Mastered by Precise.

    Released by: Marble
    Release/catalogue number: MRBL014
    Release date: Apr 30, 2012


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