Label: KiaraScore: 8/10
It’s often said that the Catalans boast a unique, almost insatiable spirit—and in the case of the Barcelona based Kiara imprint, this certainly seems to be the case. The burgeoning label has been making waves aplenty recently, a fact in no small part attributable to a steady formula that tends to pair emerging artists with more established names. Much like the region’s globally renowned football team, it’s a formula that seems to work wonders.
And so it is that Spanish producer Edgar de Ramon takes the reins for the imprint’s latest, the Lighthouse. The package bursts to life courtesy of the most excellent title-track. On a record notable for its percussive flair, the drums play a pervading and prominent role throughout, with the softly spoken vocal flourishes and wailing alarm sounds lending it a thoroughfare, peak-time flavour.
M-nus staple Barem goes all out on his remix of the latter; adding a smattering of atmosphere-inducing claps and a wonderfully rugged bassline to the equation. Save for the subtly altered vocal, Barem’s remix is a throughly different proposition, and one that lends the original an appropriate new edge.
On the B-side, ”Single Right”, calls on an even more frantic loop that barely deviates throughout but still keeps the listener’s attention intact thanks to its jungle-type, latin disposition, just before ”Secret Point” capitalizes with its whooshing flanger noises and tough-to-shake dancefloor agenda.