Baltic Rim EP (12'' - OM004)

by Naphta

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    Omena open their arms wide and welcome a new member to the family with this stellar 12" from Naphta. With stellar releases on Studio Barnhus (Palm Trees Love EP) and Transatlantyk (Solar Empire EP) and mad props from the likes of Eddie C, Justin Van Der Volgen, Soft Rocks and Mudd (Claremont 56) the RBMA graduate arrives as Omena in fine form. Getting down to business straight away on the A1, Naphta gets esoteric and psychedelic with the lopsided roll of "Kaiju Stomp", filling the background with a swirl of disembodied voices and rattling conga while his undulating bassline does a ear catching duet with that skewed synth sequence. For "Striker Eureka", Naphta works the same sonic magic on some sax-led jazz, creating an immersive, headturning cut that perfectly evokes an acid trip in a jazz club (we've all been there...). On a remix tip, Omena boss Tooli swaps the office for the studio, injecting a Maze-styled bassline into the bottom end before rearranging "Striker Eureka" as a jazzy, break heavy, downbeat cut which could have leapt right out of a mid 90s Cafe Del Mar tape. Poland's rising stars Ptaki house things up a little with their rework, layering beachcombing guitar licks over a stomping beat and insistent sequences for a distant relative to "E2-E4". If you ever wanted a record that combines exotic rhythms with your favorite sunset chords, dervish basslines and snake charming melodies then this release is for you.

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Omena open their arms wide and welcome a new member to the family with this stellar 12" from Naphta. With stellar releases on Studio Barnhus (Palm Trees Love EP) and Transatlantyk (Solar Empire EP) and mad props from the likes of Eddie C, Justin Van Der Volgen, Soft Rocks and Mudd (Claremont 56) the RBMA graduate arrives as Omena in fine form. Getting down to business straight away on the A1, Naphta gets esoteric and psychedelic with the lopsided roll of "Kaiju Stomp", filling the background with a swirl of disembodied voices and rattling conga while his undulating bassline does a ear catching duet with that skewed synth sequence. For "Striker Eureka", Naphta works the same sonic magic on some sax-led jazz, creating an immersive, headturning cut that perfectly evokes an acid trip in a jazz club (we've all been there...). On a remix tip, Omena boss Tooli swaps the office for the studio, injecting a Maze-styled bassline into the bottom end before rearranging "Striker Eureka" as a jazzy, break heavy, downbeat cut which could have leapt right out of a mid 90s Cafe Del Mar tape. Poland's rising stars Ptaki house things up a little with their rework, layering beachcombing guitar licks over a stomping beat and insistent sequences for a distant relative to "E2-E4". If you ever wanted a record that combines exotic rhythms with your favourite sunset chords, dervish basslines and snake charming melodies then this release is for you.

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released May 18, 2015

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