December 11th, 2012 – MalLabel Music is on fire, this time celebrating the EP release of duo Self Fish, a collaboration of Russian natives Nikolay Denisov and Daria Mutovkina. 9th Floor, features three tracks that fuse trip-hop, down-tempo and experimental into three melodic masterpieces to which you can groove. Each track is gritty and raw, with a hauntingly beautiful ethereal quality that’s clearly sensual. Self Fish’s tracks take on an otherworldly aspect, telling a story through the rolling bass and moody undertones.
The somewhat languid but building bass, combined with the sweet, hypnotizing vocals are what make the title track, 9th Floor. The darkly stimulating dub groove, soulful melody and gritty sound are hauntingly beautiful, worked together in a chill, yet funky manner. Exceptionality is a lighthearted song that suits its’ name. It has enchanting vocals from Daria Mutovkina, a laid back vibe and swelling orchestral arrangements, all layered together in a seductive manner. This slower, psychedelic track embodies the qualities found in trip hop beats, keeping with down tempo attitude. With the third and final track, Your World, gives you what you want. The drum crescendo doesn’t overpower the track, rising and falling at the appropriate times, allowing the beat to remain mellow.
Self Fish showcases their range and ability to keep their music on the lighter side. The mesmerizing sirens lure you in with their luscious voices, adding a softer quality to the otherwise hard beats and bass. The duo’s learned the perfect combination between dark and light, the hard and the soft, making tracks that are heavy in bass but sweet in nature.
1. 9th Floor
3. Your World
SUPPORT FOR 9TH FLOOR
John Somejerk – “Quite different from the usual stream of releases, this EP ventures off of the dancefloor and into post-party territory. Still maintaining the hardness and bounce that Mal Label is known for, these are songs that you can listen to in their entirety in your headphones, or during the deeper part of one of your favorite DJ's sets. The female vocals work perfectly with the dark beats, creating a unique vibe and another winning release from MalLabel.”
NAZA – “Totally awesome release, not what I was expecting for some reason, but blown away.”
TRUTH – “Chur.”
UFO – “Love the 9th floor and its epic rising feel.”
- Idm Electronic