As fall calms the nerves and prepares the hibernational music hoarders for a long cold spell of earphone engagement, Harmonious Discord gears up for its most promising winter to date. The first in this series comes to us from label founder and analog synthesizer addict Sean Anderson aka PointBender. Following the recent success with releases on Thoughtless and Blaq this space techno magician offers up a sharp dose of melody driven tech-house. Peppered with a cast of innovative techno savants, the so fell the orbit project offers a tale of space travel with stylish re-works by Noah Pred, KiloWatts, Symbio, and Vital.
HD028 PointBender – So Fell the Orbit
2. KiloWatts Anti-gravity Mix
3. Noah Pred’s Elliptical Dub
4. Noah Pred’s Gravity Colapse Mix
5. Symbio’s Lateral Dub
6. Vital Remix
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The original is a tom driven big-room invitation to orbit with thick cascading syncopated elements filling up the spectral field. The introduction of a pad progression and various assortments of FX flare propel this song into full blown musical composition complete with the introduction of a killer SAW bassline that permeates the earlobes. Noah Pred of Thoughtless Music provides a pair of remixes for the EP, giving it some marquee recognition. The “Elliptical Dub” remix is a dub study adhering to the formula of the original, focused more on refinement of sound and focus rather than re-invention. One thing that can be counted on with any music from Pred is that it will sound big, distinct, and clean. His mix of warped 303 bass lines and clicky minimal noise on this remix is a refined, sophisticated version of the original elements, fine tuned to perfection. The second remix, “Gravity Collapse”, rearranges the rhythmic elements for something more tribal, while dialing back the bass, allowing the melodic pieces from the previous dub version emerge. The sleepy vibe and relentless beats make this version the most dance floor appropriate on single that reaches far and wide, often times succeeding. Secondly, but by no means a selection to be glossed over is HD favorite KiloWatts. His remix offers a chunky slice of techno-influenced sci-fi dubstep. KiloWatts can work in many styles but seems to be most at home when he is channeling mother ship landings and A.I. takeovers into his music. On this remix, he doesn’t skimp on any of that, creating a total makeover of the original. Out of that re-imagining springs a lasting track that crosses many genres along the way. 530Techno front-man and thought provoking mentalist Symbio is introduced to the label via a stripped techno-roots remix. This Lateral Dub focuses on subversive elements of the original brought to the forefront and driven with tension to a dark industrial-earth resolve. A first for the HD label, we end our remix with the first ever Drum and Bass contribution to the label. Vital (A local Dallas,TX producer) has transformed the original into a vibe-rich, commercially consumable selection that shows the power the original elements have when showcased in a genre that defies limitation.