Following up their two-track EP from 2020, Michael & Levan and Stiven Rivic return with another essential two-track original that comes complete with a remix from Balance favourite Clarian.
Alongside a humming electric bass, ‘Other Side of the Coin’ feels mired in static electricity. The tension is masterfully cranked, building to delicate synths and an exquisite breakdown. If you need a palate cleanser, then this is the one to reach for.
Clarian takes the original elements of ‘Other Side of the Coin’ and adds urgency to it. The bass feels more driving, and the static is synthesised into delicate percussive pops. He masterfully teases the main melody and carefully adds extra elements like sweeping strings. After the breakdown, he elevates the track via an unexpected melodic transfer of energy into the bass.
‘Underdog’ is a clever exploration of off-beat poly-rhythms. The beat feels exotic yet is grounded in solid progressive principles. The breakdown features an organic synth jam that explodes into a beautiful drop underpinned by a tropical guitar twang.
1. Other Side of the Coin (Original remix)
2. Other Side of the Coin (Clarian remix)