Akenaton – Rituals In The Shadows
(Selected Records, 2021-02-22)
Since its inception, “Selected Records” never stopped pursuing its goal to give great exposure to worthy underground artists. The Spanish label heads, Gabriel D’or and Bordoy, have been prevalent in the underground community for at least a decade and their experience is shown through their ability to experiment with a nice array of sounds and sub-genres. These characteristics have been clearly purveyed in their selection of artists. That sonic diversity is also represented through support by artists from Antonio De Angelis, Dave Clarke to A Thousand Details and Svarog. In this particular release, the Madrid-based DJ & producer Akenaton returns almost two years after his prior release to deliver four stunning acid-infused tracks.
“Inferior Conversion” features a futuristic feel, channelled through cybernetic notes with a subtle touch of almost celestial undertones. Accompanied by a lush bass line, it has a great semblance of beautiful eeriness, which also supplies melodic spurs at the best of times. To follow up, “Bad Deed” comes in with a more energetic overtone and deep rolling drums, ideal for an increase of tempo, with euphoric synths as it progresses. “Power Of Convince”, on its side, boasts a well-balanced presence of percussion, resonance, and a looming serenity ideal for winding down and releasing the tension. “Night Road”, the most seraphic track of the EP, diffuses the atmosphere with rich, soothing pads and a hypnotic acid-filled bassline, which, together, end the journey into the sunrise.
WRITING BY: ABABACAR M. DIOP | 28 FEBRUARY 2021