Monog’s next release features label bosses Joal and Bruno Otranto alongside the talented Piermaria Chapus and their sublime The Landscape Is Fading EP. DJ and producer Bruno Otranto joined Monog as Joal’s partner in crime at the start of 2017, he brings a wealth of knowledge to the table with that same commitment and penchant for quality. Berlin based musician, composer, songwriter and producer Piermaria Chapus provides the vocals on this release, with great effect. A hugely talented artist in his trade he has worked alongside Joal in the past for material on Selador and no doubt we’re in for a real treat with this one.
First up we have Joal’s Landscapes with a superb remix from Just Her. Just Her is a very much in-demand DJ, producer and musician, her stellar songwriting and engineering work with Him_Self_Her has propelled her into the upper reaches of the underground music scene. She has seen releases with world class labels such as Toolroom, Crosstown Rebels and Suara and gained a wealth of Beatport chart positions, an Essential New tune on Radio 1 and gigs all over the world. Here she delivers yet another deep and melodic slice house music utilising that soft, raw vocal from Piermaria. Tender beats lead the way driving a tight drum section that generates a steady rhythm. Deep droning basses dominate the sound while melancholic pads and brighter melodies sweep by. A truly hypnotic piece that will be perfect for those late night sessions.
Polygon is up next and this one is a stomper filled with beautiful tech house vibes and wonderful synths. Punchy beats set us on our way with a smooth rhythmic percussion section in tow. A deep yet subtle bass lies on the low end as scathing synths fade in with a chaotic arpeggio fashion. Those synths will dig deep into your brain and force you to move with little respite. A definite must have track in any peak time set.
Finally we have the title track, The Landscape is Fading which intros with a real nice, rich, well rounded kick drum alongside stuttering hi hats and layering percussions. Dark pads fade in as subtle melodies begin to appear. Distant vocals create a wonderful hair raising moment that blends effortlessly into the groove and providing a melancholic edge to the sound. A solid, deep rooted track that will not disappoint.