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Adriatique

Lophobia

Adriatique explores new depths with their latest offering on Diynamic.  Fresh from an Ibiza residency at Diynamic Neon Nights and a North American tour, the Swiss duo Adriatique is ending summer with the release of their long-awaited Lophobia EP.  Earning a seat at the Diynamic family table is no easy task when considering peer talents such as David August, Karmon, Ost & Kjex.  However, Adrian Shala & Adrian Schweizer aka Adriatique have proven themselves worthy by evolving towards a distinct sound that also complements the Diynamic crew.  Choosing a different path from their previous releases on Diynamic and its off shoot label 2DIY4, Adriatique introduces profound deepness and melancholy across Lophobia’s 3 tracks of deep driven techno and house.

Mr. Creasy introduces the EP with some snaps and mellow Moog sounds to help get things started.  Through a dense mix of moving bass and hypnotic strings, Mr. Creasy easily transplants and distracts while maintaining the brightest energy present on the EP.  Mr. Creasy acts as a buffer to the deeper and more emotional Lophobia.

Introduced by its sky-rocketing arpeggio, Lophobia announces its intent to take you on a journey deeper into Adriatique’s evolving production minds.  Layered bass and strings are accompanied by light percussion which brings great pressure and tension into the situation. An acid bass melody helps to carry the track to the finish line, far away from where it began.

The last track Glyfada diffuses some of the tension left behind by Lophobia with some more skip in its step.  Similar bass sounds crowd the center mix accompanied by far-wide atmospheric elements and effects.  After coming to the realization that there are no vocals on this entire EP, we are greeted by some daunting chords bringing this emotional roller-coaster to an end.