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REVIEW: VA - EPISTOLAR [Raise Records]

Epistolar is the first artist of several in an epistolary genre, which originated from a collaboration between Raise Records and Radio Loubard. Its structure is made up of correspondences from various authors and various messages. The concept is simple: one artist produces a track that is sent to another artist whose mission is to freely modify the initial message. The artist adds her vision to this track before sending it to another artist.

The first chapter of Epistolar ends with a hint from ÅMRTÜM, who recently joined Raise Agency. He remixed Caiva's brilliant track bringing his own particular identity, tinged with trap and pop influences. After Lacchesi & Mac Declos, Chlär, CLTX, Laze, Krl Mx and Caiva, the first edition of Epistolar ends beautifully with this groovy and club vision of ÅMRTÜM.

The production level of these guys is intense but, on the other hand, the care of the sounds they release is at the level of those who do things because they want to and with the time they really need. Hence, these are productions that when you get closer to them you get trapped by the halo that comes off: rare, singular and, here comes the best, powerful, magnetic and danceable. Beats that mark but without burdening us, an oldschool (authentic) touch, somewhat eccentric synthesizers and a rather cheerful and festive general tone, are some of the adjectives that we can get up our sleeves if we want to describe this innovative proposal.

Each producer summarizes their intentions in this compilation, looking for novelty without losing nostalgia, who plays with the genre but without falling into predictable tricks, nor in the arrogance of those who castle themselves in a genre or mannerism to show that they have personality. Paradoxically, in order to achieve simplicity and lucidity, experience and the ability to know how to free oneself from the limitations of conditioning are required, and this first compilation is a healthy example of this.

The Epistolar concept will return in 2023 at Raise Reords for a second chapter. The project will be redesigned around new artists (emerging or already established) with various

styles and a strong musical imprint.


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