Mokhov & Friends “Halcyon EP”
NEF146: Mokhov’s recent remix collaboration with graciellita was but a mere taste of what this profoundly deep producer is capable of. As another hint of his sonic mastery, he has bestowed unto us 2 of his finest instrumental masterpieces: Halcyon Days (the title track from his 2011 album release on Magnatune Records / Mokhov Music), and Soul Link, a delicately beautiful piece that punctuated the recent Neferiu Records 2011 Compilation release.
Subtle textures and richly elegant melodies quiver over crystal clear drums in a sound that could be poetically described as an afternoon sonic rugby game between Boards of Canada, Aphex Twin and Four Tet, with DJ Shadow shouting encouragement from the sidelines.
In addition to Mokhov’s artistry are three remixes from the Neferiu Records roster. Each one takes up new ground with Mokhov’s source material, bending the sound into a stylistic evolution of its former self. Just as soon as Mantrakid’s dizzy loops and layers finishes twisting your mind, The Sundry Light metaphorically parts the clouds to rain down a mesmerizing downtempo joyride. To wrap it all up, Nato (of Touch & Nato) smashes drum pads & tweaks the distortion ironically large on his hip hop interpretation of Tides of Clarity.
Long story short; Pay what you want, then check it.