[IFM041] NorthWest Mystic EP

by Luke Mandala

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From the first seconds of Northwest Mystic’s excellent opening track “One Heart” you know that you’re in the presence of an authoritative producer. Seattle-based Eugene, Oregon native Luke Mandala whisks you into a rarefied atmosphere and plunges you into the center of an unusually metered and sensual rhythm in this astral-techno masterpiece, which briskly ascends to the same starry orbit of many Detroit techno classics. What's striking about Mandala’s productions is the eventfulness; this is maximal techno. So much is going on, and all of it’s texturally interesting and arrayed to generate a heightened sense of drama and sleek movement.
 
“NorthWest Mystic” is bustling, burly techno shot through with insectoid buzzes and what could be exotic wind instruments warped and fibrillated into a poignant motif that would please Ricardo Villalobos. “Unison Light And Dark” boasts a masterly chiaroscuro of ominous and angelic elements swirling over girthful, steamrolling, clap-enhanced beats. If this piece isn’t soundtracking an outer-space chase scene by next year, there’s no justice. The self-explanatory “Sprightly Sensuous” offers midtempo techno with a brilliant Doppler-effected, radiant synth motif smeared over a kinetic and timbrally diverse and eccentric percussive foundation. Sure, “Sprightly Sensuous” works on the dance floor, but it’s possibly even more fascinating as a headphone listen—which is a rare thing in club music.
 
Compared to most modern-day techno, the music on Northwest Mystic possesses a greater complex sensibility, in which a multitude of percussive and melodic elements zoom in and out and intertwine in a way that constantly rivets. Blessed with a hyperactive imagination, Mandala makes a lot of techno producers sound like lazy underachievers cruising on autopilot.

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released September 23, 2014

Written and produced by: Luke Wells
Mastering: www.robsmallmastering.com
Cover Photo: belaqua.org
Layout / design: pranagraphic.com
Copyright: Innerflight Music

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Seattle’s Innerflight Music has a reputation as a forward thinking music label and production crew responsible for countless events in and around the Seattle area. With a diverse label roster of talented artists, 2013 has seen the label rapidly gaining attention with a steady stream of unique releases touching on various flavors of techno, house and a touch of future bass music for good measure. ... more

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