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Get Physical Music family members Karol XVII & MB Valence unveil their stunning new album, ‘Essay’, in February 2022. Following well-received teaser singles, the full album is a storytelling trip through many shades of heartfelt house.
Polish pair Karol XVII & MB Valence have been a key part of the global dance scene for more than a decade. In that time, they have established their own Loco Records, been nominated as Best Deep House Artists at the Beatport Music Awards and have continued to push the genre forwards. Drawing on their backgrounds as composers and sound engineers, the duo has put out plenty of singles on Get Physical and contributed to 2020’s ‘Retrospective,’ but ‘Essay’ is their boldest artistic statement to date.
The lovely atmosphere of ‘Old Memories’ opens the album with dreamy ambience and soothing breakbeats before ‘Aqua’ sinks you into a vast and pillowy deep house groove. It’s a gorgeous track detailed with delicate synths. The lead single ‘Whispers’ is another stylish and seductive track featuring Johannesburg native and vocalist Lazarusman, before Jono McCleery features on ‘Fool’s Gold,’ a richly melodic and harmonic lullaby with vulnerable vocals.
Real late night tension defines ‘Echoes & The Beauty’ (Jackspeare Interpretation) with its frazzled synths and mysterious rolling beats, while ‘Disharmony’ is characterised by uneasy, unsettling synth motifs that loop over more cavernous deep house drums. The fascinating album continues through the absorbing dub house and delicate pads of ‘Waterfall Drops.’ Another Jackspeare Interpretation, this time of ‘Sonus,’ makes for perfectly meditative and melancholic listening, and ‘Bang Bang’ then layers soft shakers over big rubbery kicks while a sensuous vocal hangs in the air. The stunning ‘Jackspeare Theme’ is nearly four minutes of suspensory cosmic ambiance and the album then plays out with the organic broken beats of ‘Digisong,’ electro-tinged future soul of ‘Universum’ (Jackspeare Original Interpretation), and pensive synth craft of sublime closer ‘Humanity.’
‘Essay’ is the sumptuous sound of two producers at their very best.
Artist: Karol XVII & MB Valence
Label: Get Physical
Release Date: 2022-02-18