Progressive Astronaut Fernando Olaya – Iguazu [Univack]
Univack begins the new year by welcoming Fernando Olaya to the label for his debut EP. As one of Colombia’s most recognized progressive house artists, the Zipaquira resident has showcased his music on Asymmetric, BeatFreak, Movement, Traum and his own Sonnet Speciale imprint. Now making his much anticipated Univack debut, Fernando presents his ‘Iguazu’ EP to kick start the new year.
Beginning with the title track ‘Iguazu’ Fernando continues to explore the progressive minded ethos which has made him such an in demand artist. Energetic and fluid, warm beats and rippling bass unite for a robust low end. Dramatic pulses and piercing stabs add mightily to the rhythmic core, as layers of percussion build momentum with each successive loop. Enticing yet mysterious, gentle harmonics and ghostly atmospheres take the narrative into an otherworldly break, melting down to an arcane rumble, before a tasteful build cues a glowing finale.
‘Tulum’ follows suit with more of a peak time techno sensibility. Charged rhythms and organic drums carry the rolling groove while quirky hooks and granular sweeps trail across the stereo field. Once again drama and tension are at a premium here, as a timely break and tasteful harmonic motif reset the groove for an exhilarating third act.
The third and final selection ‘Tecnicolor’ finds Fernando continuing the peak time ethos of the collection. It’s meaty kick and rolling underbelly provide a perfect balance of warmth and drive. Clattering percussion and phasing noise build momentum while buzzing electronics and tonal accents layer the commanding groove. The narrative shifts with a second act of epic overlays and indistinct vocals, transferring energy into the main break, before a rush of noise and drums sparks a colossal final act. It caps off an excellent Univack debut for Fernando, a artist who continues to operate at his creative peak. Highly recommended.
Release Date: 13-01-2020
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