Minor Rain - In The Depth Of My Soul LP
Promo Release Date:
- When Soldiers Cry
- Sons Of Classthor
- In My Place
- Lonely Ways
- Epic Storm
- Rage And Hate
- Canyon Sunrise
- Stay With Me
Rotation Deep has been a melting pot of minimal ambience for quite some time now, using the well-established platform of its parent label Rotation Recordings to showcase excitingly fresh new talent. With this in mind, up steps Minor Rain. The Slovakian has stepped out of obscurity in 2012 and effortlessly placed himself within the new-school bracket of artists that fuses a classical musical approach with a confident experimental technique. His first foray into long-player territory, In The Depth Of My Soul marries the traditional film-score electronic with a fine-tuned sound that borrows from the Autonomic, 'drum and space' sub-genre, with a few surprises in between.
Opening with the stripped-back, piano-led poignancy of When Soldiers Cry, it becomes clear that the LP will play as a narrative rather than a loose collection of tracks. Evolving out of the intro, Sons Of Classthor displays the Slovakian's adeptness with sounds of a more cinematic, orchestral tone: omnipresent piano keys punctuated by vocals ranging from choir arrangements to infantile snippets give the track an overall ecclesiastical feel. A sparse, heavily condensed drum pattern emerges similar to the Bop-categorised 'microfunk', rounding off the track on an affecting, progressive note.
Minor Rain's comfort in variety becomes apparent too: In My Place's moody two-step, with its interspersed mids and omnipresent growling bassline, is one of the LP's standout 'dancefloor-orientated' tracks, loosely stated as its an altogether different breed to the typical monotony that tagline implies. Lonely Ways continues in the same vein, proving the duality within the producer's sound with a half-time piece that focuses on crisp tribal percussion and atmospheric development. Minor Rain switches the LP's tone drastically moving into its second half: Terabyte merges wobbling low-ends with a confident ticking arrangement, whilst Epic Storm's woodwind introduction gives way to a muted-reverb stepper not unlike ASC's 'Droids'; interestingly enough, In The Depth of My Soul is showing the diversity and sheer creative abundance you'd expect from a genre-defining artist such as ASC, a testament to the Slovakian's impressive and swift entrance into the 170 landscape.
You'd be forgiven for thinking Minor Rain's preference lies in the uplifting minimal. Rage & Hate's killer tech workout showcases the producer's versatile capabilities with aplomb: opening with a signature film-outro, string-lead threat and vinyl crackle, the piece moves swiftly into its drop, introducing a disturbing vocoded vocal cut to an almighty percussive arrangement; its futuristic edits ebb and flow like a dystopian amen break with an exceptional attention to detail reminiscent of an early Rockwell. Carried along by its consuming bassline and enhanced by swiping mids, the track moves towards it climax with a stripped-down eeriness and impressive menace. Canyon Sunrise doesn't allow the producer to rest on his laurels either, with its twinkling guitar elements and 'heartbreak' over-riding vocal laced around its cavernous expanse. The LP ends on an optimistic note with its final pieces: Stay With Me employs sub-aquatic bleeps and flittering clicks within its GLR-esque atmospherics, whilst the collaborative effort with Keosz, Just, marries the familiar Minor Rain sound with an easy-listening, 140 structure; an enveloping effort that evades any of the negative tropes you might expect from a primarily 170-based producer experimenting with slower tempos.
Minor Rain's enigmatic approach to experimental ambience is all too refreshing in this day and age: an LP of impressive scope and personal identity that essentially becomes the producer's magnum opus in the few short years that he has been present in the scene, also becomes a pointed reminder of the amount of talent that passes through Rotation Deep's gates. Within the process of spreading his talent so thinly across many different outlets, you'd assume there would be a chink in his armour somewhere along the line, yet his impressive, uniform quality of sound remains above all one of his major strengths. With releases on a number of varied labels including BTK's Dutty Audio, it's clear that Minor Rain's assured multi-genre production is showing no signs of letting up moving toward the end of the year and beyond.
Interview By Alisdair Mason
Taken From the Forthcoming Lp "In The Depth Of My Soul" from one of the Biggest up and coming producers in the game Minor Rain.
We caught up with the man himself to find out a little more about him and his music.
So! Minor Rain. Before we divulge into your forthcoming LP lets gather some information. How did you start out in music production?
I started making music in 2009 with a friend. We decided to create a music project under the name of soundNbeats.We focused mainly on deep drum and bass,however later on I decided to start a solo project under the alias of Minor Rain.
Your production style and the sound you create definitely belongs to you. How would you describe how your sound has formed over the years?
My music style has naturally been evolving for years till the moment I was happy with it and kept on evolving my sound, not actually trying to follow suit like other producers.I wanted my sound to be unique not sounding like the well known producers I wanted to bring something new to the table.
Your forthcoming LP; „ In the depth of my soul“ sounds like a smooth story unfolding from start to finish. What was your ‘action plan’ when beginning the LP?
The idea behind the Lp was trying to turn my feelings and emotions into music, not really looking to create any particular concept.The label manager at Rotation gave me ideas as to where to go with certain tracks for variety on the Lp.Im quite happy with the result – planning nothing and actually creating a „smooth story“ as you put it.
What would you like the listeners of the LP to take from the experience?
As I said before, It is full of everyday emotions like sadness or joy, so I wish everyone will feel this within there own perspective. This LP is an emotional satelite into everyones soul.Im sure everyone can relate to the feelings at some point in there life.I like to think there is a little something for everyone on the Lp i hope people will enjoy the emotional listening experience as much as i did writing it.
Do you tend to adapt your production techniques towards the sound you want to create?
Every track, I always start with an idea. I never just „play“ in studio and expect to create a track from that. Once I have a solid concept in my head I rush into studio and get it done. Simply said: the end justifies the means.
There are thousands of Drum & Bass producers out there at the moment. What do you bring to the table?
There is nothing special about me, no Jedi tricks in the studio. Today, every producer is trying to be special since there is hundreds of them. Im just myself, not trying to be special.
Your tracks are a silky and sensuous blend of emotion and brutality. How did you go about finding the right mind set to create the track that you idealised before hand?
The music just seems to pop into my mind and there is no other way of erasing it from my head so,no matter what I'm doing or whatever is happening, I gotta get to the studio fast and compose it.
How did you come to contact Rotation Deep?
Ive always been feeling the material on Rotation Deep since day one, so after sending a few tracks over, Im really happy to be on board.This will be the first solo Lp of my career so i must take off hat to Rotation I'm very proud of this achievement in my Life.
What artists influenced this LP?
There have been some people who influence everyone like Loxy, Rockwell, Octane and DLR, etc.. However, besides that there has not been anyone influential in particular.
Your tracks seemed to be based around a variety of aspects. What do you think is the best aspect to keep in all of the tracks?
Every track I do, I would describe as unique, since it was inspired by something unique. So, there isnt any particular element about my music, but most of all I enjoy the silence after finishing a track Im happy with haha.
Anything else you would like to add?
I would like to thank everyone at Rotation for giving me this opportunity and thank you for interview.
I hope you will enjoy my Lp as much as i have done creating it.
Jakub Šenšel aka Minor Rain.
Interview By Alisdair Mason,
Rotation Deep 2012 !!!
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