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Spechen make a return to the magical world of vinyl with a 4 track release of sublime musical proportions which comes courtesy of Lena C; who's Promenade EP transcendences the smokey basements & subterranean dancefloor dwellings we often inhabit. It's all aboard the Zen-Express for this release that incorporates the musical & cultural influences this French born (but now Hebden Bridge based) DJ and music producer has experienced so far on her journey.
"Shokran" (from the Arabic 'Shukran' meaning 'thank you') is a breathy affair with hooky arp lines and a chest warming bass with almost playful synth lines joining in along the way. Percussion keeps up the chug factor but never derailing from its beauty.
"Haku" takes in the sounds of Japan with a hypnotic bass melody wrapped around soft synth stabs, soothing strings and a dream inducing percussion arrangement which when all wrapped up together is destined to be played / heard in the sun with waves crashing, breeze blowing & a mental reset taking place.
"Breeze" blows in & continues to take us into the unknown and cranks the audible wonderment up to 11. A broken beat carries spaced out synth lines & bass melody with skippy percussion which all sounds like it would be frantic but in Lena's hands its a perfect delivery of aural beauty.
"Azur" closes off this trip in perfect harmony and we'd maybe even book this under the 'Balearic chuggers' category (though the jury is out!). Hooky melodies with a warped vocal sample (which we think is Lena but she swears it isn't!) and some truly uplifting synth & pads make this the only way to close off this stunning EP.
Mine says: The latest contributor to the Piccadilly Mix series, Léna C, releases her own record on Manchester based label Sprechen, and just as her monthly Reform Radio show 'Jet Lag' it evokes major wanderlust not just in travel enthusiasts! Lovely stuff.