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Audio Asia Deep: 10 profound sounds from the subaquatic end of the dance spectrum

Check out our monthly round-up of eclectic gems from across the continent

  • Patrizio Cavaliere
  • 20 October 2020

Here we are again. Another month has passed and it's time for us to share with you our digest of the very best music we've discovered from Asia's deepest sonic purveyors. The volume of records and tracks released over the past month has been overwhelming, with labels attempting to capitalise on Record Store Day publicity. The result was an avalanche of sounds which were, quite honestly, a little difficult to navigate, with hidden gems tucked away behind special edition reissues and mountains of well put together but average fodder. We've done our very best to construct a well-rounded list, and October's selection is a genuinely eclectic assembly of distinctive sounds and cultured production work. Wherever in Asia you may be based, the seasons and the climate are changing, so here we present to you our continent's soundtrack to atmospheric metamorphosis. Made especially for those who prefer it profound.

1 Fantastic Man 'Earthshine'

Title: Earthshine
Artist:
Fantastic Man
Label: Mule Musiq
Release:
Out now, you can buy it here

Dramatic breaks and immersive layers abound on this mature piece of work from maverick producer Fantastic Man. This is one of many highlights from his brand new 'Utopioid' album which was recorded between Melbourne, Berlin and Rio De Janeiro over the past year, and contains much to admire. Cultured work from one of the best in the business

2 Goldie 'Run Run Run' (Calibre Remix)

Title: Run Run Run (Calibre Remix)
Artist:
Goldie
Label: Metalheadz
Release:
Out now, you can buy it here

The remix package of Goldie's 2017 'The Journey Man' album contains many highlights. One of the show-pieces is Calibre's sensational mix of 'Run Run Run', with its jazz-fuelled chord progressions combining beautifully with the reflective vocal, the rolling drums power the cut forward over emotive strings and dramatic breakdowns. Exceptional work.

3 Cutmaster Singh 'Acid Agah'

Title: Acid Agah
Artist:
Cutmaster Singh
Label: Masala
Release:
Out now, you can buy it here

This is an intriguing and somewhat mysterious project from Manchester, UK. The secretive new label here shine a light on a lesser-known pioneer of early dance music, presenting a collection of edits from Leicester's Cutmaster Singh. The unsung DJ pioneered efforts to fuse acid house with traditional bhangra music, and the results – though not widely known – are highly impressive. Originally released in 1994, 'Acid Agah' is one of the 303-infused highlights, with its deliciously grubby feel blending perfectly with the high energy tabla groove and Indian instrumentation. Still sounds fresh and well deserving of being given a new lease of life.

4 Sau Poler 'Bloom'

Title: Bloom
Artist:
Sau Ploer
Label: Mule Musiq
Release:
Out now, you can buy it here

Deeply introspective mid-tempo breaks from the Barcelona-based producer. His debut release on Japan's Mule Musiq comes ahead of a full album due to land this winter, this is a tantalising taste of what's to come. With vivid production and a such a distinctive sound, this will be one to watch out for.

5 Goldie 'Redemption' (Jon Dixon edit)

Title: Redemption (Jon Dixon edit)
Artist:
Goldie
Label: Metalheadz
Release:
Out now, you can buy it here

Our second inclusion from Goldie's 'The Journey Man' remix set, and when you hear it, you'll know why. Jon Dixon turns the epic original into a late-night trip that sits somewhere between deep house and techno. Subtly driving, haunting and introspective, this heads-down groove breathes new life into an already excellent piece of music.

6 Austin Ato 'Bobby'

Title: Bobby
Artist:
Austin Ato
Label: Pantai People
Release:
Out now, you can buy it here

Bali's newest imprint Pantai People deliver some delightfully feel-good disco on this one, courtesy of Austin Ato's repectful Bobby Womack edit. The track comes as part of his 'Echo Beach Edits Vol 1', the label's debut release, which has already been turning taste-maker heads with the likes of Tensnake, Groove Armada and Skream showing love. Spirit lifting sounds when the world needs them most!

7 Matthias 'Night Racer'

Title: Night Racer
Artist:
Matthias
Label: Cabaret
Release:
Out now, you can buy it here

Tokyo's Cabaret hit 25 releases with the 'Night Racer' EP from Matthias. The title track blends shades of new beat, electro, and disco with the techno feel we expect from the label, and the result is a hugely enjoyable floor-filler. The entire release, as with everything else from the Cabaret crew, is well worth checking.

8 Sonia Calico ft Taj Raiden 'Iridescent Vision'

Title: Iridescent Vision
Artist:
Sonia Calico ft Taj Raiden
Label: More Time Records
Release:
Out now, you can buy it here

Fusing elements of rave, breaks and post-apocolyptic futurism, the Taipei fire-starter shows impressive depth and range on her debut album, 'Simulation Of An Overloaded World'. 'Iridescent Vision' is one of many highlights, its expeditions into paranoid breaks is as striking as it is refreshingly hard to pigeon-hole. The album comes to us via London's More Time Records and is sure to generate some heat for Calico.

9 Templefeld 'Vertical Life'

Title: Vertial Life
Artist:
Templefeld By Kirk Degiorgio
Label: Midnight Shift
Release:
Out now, you can buy it here

Kirk Degiorgio's excellent new 'Day Of Reckoning' EP under his Templefeld moniker dropped this month, with the four-track offering ranging in style from hyper-intelligent drum 'n' bass to cinematic soundscapes. 'Vertical Life' is one of the highlights. One for lovers of mid-tempo introspections, this track rolls beautifully as delicate synth work builds to create otherworldly harmonies and bittersweet moods. It comes via Singapore's excellent Midnight Shift label, one of many making some serious noise in the city-state.

10 DJ Bowlcut 'Dream Valley'

Title: Dream Valley
Artist:
DJ Bowlcut
Label: Tonal Unity
Release:
Out now, you can buy it here

This seriously mellow piece of work comes courtesy of South Korea's Tonal Unity Project, who are doing a fine job curating introspective and down-tempo sounds from across Asia . DJ Bowlcut's 'Dream Valley' is an aptly titled journey into meditation, with its spacious production and ethereal flavour making it a perfect soundtrack for sunrise reflections.

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