Three formidable names from the Romanian house/techno scene combine on this sumptuous new EP for the burgeoning Wrong State imprint. In various combinations, Jay Bliss, Mihai Popoviciu and Pagal have previously collaborated on tracks like Bis Com on Diynamic and Eucalipt / Melange on Fear Of Flying, and count releases on 2020 Vision, Popcorn Records, Suara, Highgrade Records and Area Remote between them. Their first joint effort in some time yields some superb results.
The title track of the EP, Human, kicks off with a delicate use of filtering tech stabs, slowly morphing and pulsing over throbbing, low-slung bass and energetic yet subdued percussive elements. Hypnotic and seductive, it combines the subtlest tinges of deep progressive house with a gentle tribal chug and techno rhythm to beautiful effect.
Multifaced is based around a bubblier rhythm section, still brilliantly understated and succinct, with an off-beat 2-note bassline yielding a little groove as backwards cymbals nick the surface of the track and subtle dashes of FX pepper the stereo field. The mysterious depth of the the title track is present here too, with warm synth sounds gradually brought into the fold as the track continues to grow and gently swell.
Düsseldorf’s formidable Daze Maxim makes for the perfect remixer on Human, with near two decades of experience and recent releases on Cadenza, Apollonia, Eklo and the Ricardo Villalobos-featuring Assemble Music. He sticks with the deep flow of the original, but adds a little more urgency to the percussion, building infectiously as the track goes on via shimmering pads, creaky FX and well-placed vocal samples.