Burgeoning Spanish/Lithuanian imprint Parallel has ben making all the right sort of noises with their first few releases, with their last one, Omer Grinker‘s most excellent ‘Make Sense’ one that was singled out for particularly effusive praise. With momentum firmly on their side, the label’s latest endeavour is an 11 track, Various Artist release entitled Gramatica Paralela, with artists from every corner of the house divide cropping up on this one.
Chilean producer and sometime Cadenza man Alejandro Vivanco introduces the latin-tinged record with the crunchy, calp-heavy melancholic leanings that comprises ”Suit Sing”. Mecanica‘s ”Warning” does give the package and added zest that’s indicative of its ominous title, with its indie/electronica hybrid proving a real treat to the ears. The same, indeed, could be said of RifRaf’s ”Audio Clip”, a melodic and charming number that speaks to those looking for something spicy with which to pepper their set.
Nick McMartin’s ”Mother Tone” is another one that’s built around a spine of atmosphere, with the sweeping flange effects and many cosmic tinges bringing the package to the proverbial ‘next dimension’. Enigmatic label owners The Monkey Brothers then drag matters toward decidedly contrasting territory, with the clashing percussion and warbling synths creating some alarm on the most captivating ”Electronic Caffe”.
Pablo Bolivar‘s ”Destination Novgorod” is a heady destination that’s worth exploring, and one that capitalizes on the Monkey Brothers‘ effort with a silky, groovy panache. Israeli producer Omer Grinker then shows off his sultry side on ”After All”, just before Russian starlet DOP’Q opts for a pitched-back, practically minimal approach on the druggy strands of ”low.clap.house”.
Prolific French producer Gwen Maze infuses his ”Weekend of Life” with an elongated bassline and lashings of classic house appeal, before Javier Orduna & Indigo Oruezabal team up for the penultimate track, the techno tinged ”Exceed Your Vision”. It’s left up to Noam Levy to close out the package, something he does with notable distinction on ”Dangerous to Remain”, a ‘microhouse’ record that’s characterised by some fraught drums and crashing cymbals. In all, an excellent package-and one that deserves to run parallel with some of contemporary electronic music’s most revered labels.