Nuage has dropped something to lay your fingers on this season. And he brought some mean collaborative company with him for yet another release on Translation Recordings, a record label that prides itself for its international array of unique artists; and the diverse, progressive sounds that they bring.
This time, Nuage was appointed by Translation to bring forward the evidence of what they mean, with his latest LP titled ‘Prints of You’.
Emerging from St Petersburg, the second largest city in Russia, he set out to combine talents from France (Gerwin), Estonia (N4M3), and the UK namely; Ital Tek, as well as the two fellas that make up a duo called Silent Dust respectively. And not to mention three more vocalists featured in the 15-track digital release which came out fourteen days after the 4-track vinyl+CD; and of course digital package.
Kick starting the LP on the A-side is the Minimal grooves of ‘Lifestyle’. Gerwin sings just a few lyrics which carry a statement that corresponds with the beat. The feel is obviously relaxing thus; you easily picture a laid-back lifestyle that comprises of lounging in tranquil spaces listening to such taste in music. The best Minimal D&B is arguably found in Russia. It makes sense, considering the climatic conditions of the place.
The second tracks on either side are both title tracks, with track 2 of the B-side being a dope remix contributed by Itel Tek. These guys made a Bass rendition of it, with added eeriness to it, calling from the distance and yet, it is near. However, the original is better sounding though. The maturity of the composition and the simplicity of being minimal is what make the original ‘Prints of You’ leave a mark in your mind. This is a love song suitable to be part of your evening playlist, or when having those insomniac nights.
The vinyl version of ‘Points of You LP’ caters more to the bass massive, considering the variety of genres in fifteen songs of the full album. This makes it diverse in its recruitment of listeners worldwide, or settling within their preferred tastes and styles. This makes Nuage a musical genius with his approach in production.
And how can we forget the exclusive remix of ‘Sunday Morning’, the first joint on the B-side. It comes in the form of a remix (excluded from the digital version) of a tune that Nuage did with an artist from Estonia who goes by the artist name N4M3. Enter Silent Dust, bringing a unique flavour of Drum & Bass/Jungle in the guise of this super cool remix.
The only way to describe the workings of the chopped breaks and vocals, mingling with the rampant patterns of the subtle snares; and the running, alternating percussion sounds is… simply genius!
The melodic components of the song are undeniably emotional but, this one here is strictly for moving your body to the rhythms otherwise.
This genius work is worthy of recognition and praise. The set of tracks are beautifully done, and easily invoke deep emotions. It easily flows with the messages that the tunes send out.
Words By: Tsheola ‘Vagabond’ Asavela
Release Date: 29/09/14