John Acquaviva & Yoni Yarchi – Riah Alsahra EP – Mental Origami

If you are already acquainted with Yoni Yarchi’s fine, life-affirming productions then this latest affair co-produced alongside John Acquaviva (who also launches this fresh imprint) will satisfy all of those qualities all over again. In a sense tuning into this blissful yet thought-provoking escape into sound provides its own set of challenges by creating a sense of melancholy longing, which is in turn deftly contrasted by the warm glow of reassurance. Riah Alsahra begins this journey with a large splash of primary colour as strummed instrumentation spills out across a bed of emotive pads, snippets of ethereal voice and punchy, resolute percussion, it all feels beautifully all-consuming. Accompanied by the suitably titled Cool Breeze Dub this is released just in time for the unfolding summer of expectations ahead.

Release: April 15


Yoni Yarchi – Subconscious EP – Loot Recordings

One of my favourite producers for this past while returns with another blissful, musically rich soundtrack whose very title track may just give the game away before we begin. The Subconscious, sequences startling landscapes across the stereo expanse as impactful drums deliver succinct rhythms to adorn the generous sprinklings of piano, mind-expanding vocals and soaring atmospherics. Exposing a certain fragility Yoni’s compositions stand out for me quite so much as they feel like they’re capturing moments that don’t dwell too long on the past while adhering to the time honoured traditions of life’s melody. Death On The Balcony’s excellent Remix plays with the theme, though adds a more robust ambient intensity via the increased use of trippy vocal alongside warmer bass. Kepler, follows with a picturesque series of chiming renditions, complimented by the darker edges of Don’t Think Loud completing the release with deeper, more electronically charged sounds simmering over pulsating percussion, which produce an almost psychedelic experience of West Coast proportions.

Release: November 30


Yoni Yarchi – In Distant Places – Nie Wieder Schlafen

More excellence coming your way from the imaginative, musical mind of Yoni Yarchi. Again this plays like a colourful amalgamation of sights and sounds which create powerful images across the stereo field. In Distant Places, punches hard via its tough kick drum while contrasting with a beautiful ambience that breaks down into a meditative bliss – warmth, emotional clarity and defiantly musical. Complimented by a breath-taking, beat less Chill Sunrise Mix which extenuates all of those very attributes into one big rolling trip of heightened pleasure. Moments, then completes with a return to motion via waves of picturesque keys plus heart-beating drums, sounding like the future is rest assured.

Release: September 17