Reviewed By: Roger/Roger
Paul Rimbaud’s Distant Worlds Transmissions label and vision returns once again to lace our ears with cosmic frequencies intercepted across the celestial sphere, and traversed to us this time via label familiar and Macedonian mechanic of the deep, Mihail P. The young artist is far beyond his years in vision, life, and musical knowledge; and sort of a walking library of the timeless techno we love here at Timeline, as well as rare stuff many don’t know about. He’s also a graphic artist, into cool album covers, custom print tees, and has designed logos as well. Highly recommended is his show Multiverse Sessions, every 3rd Tuesday of the month where he flawlessly tells the perfect stories through spinning music,along with guest hosts as well.
On another note, he’s brewing quite a prolific storm in the underground music scene since catching the attention of Verdant label owner Andy Green. In addition to his compilation appearance on Verdant, he has a great split EP with ESB on the same label which contains his excellent and highly talked about track ‘Permission to Dream’. In addition he’s released spot on solo EPs of deep techno on Seventh Sign Recordings, and deep, emotive electro hybrids on Distant Worlds. Where We Met is impressed by this guy too, and included him in their excellent Future Retro Series. Most recently this year, he delivered some fine deep techno and electro hybrid wizardry along with the highly talented producer and label head Spin Fidelity for Magnonic Signals’ impressive inaugural release; which we highly recommend and play here.
Nevertheless, Mihail P has delivered standout tracks on standout labels with the catalog to back it, like Distant Worlds, just to name one, whose catalog shines with superb quality from the likes of Erell Ranson, Derek Carr, Stephen Lopkin, Perseus Traxx and John Shima.
Indeed, Mihail has proven to be quite an impressive producer with a special touch for emotive and deep electronics. He certainly delivered that vision on the emotive electro and deep techno hybrid ‘Multiverse’ EP the first time around with DWT….We can assume that’s why Distant Worlds has intercepted his celestial transmissions once again for the label’s 7th release ‘Omniverse EP’.
‘Omniverse EP’ is a bit of a detour from the electro and techno styles properly displayed on Distant Worlds Transmissions prior releases. The lovely, atmospherics, emotive chords, and Detroit nodding synths are still here to be enjoyed, but this time over Breaks. The formula is indeed perfect and works well to give ‘Omniverse EP’ a pure sound, and production showcase that is similar in feel to those good old breaks records from the early to mid 90s. Admirers of that era, and Warp fans will surely be delighted by this detour of sorts for Distant Worlds, as well as fans of Distant Worlds label.
The bass and drum programming here is supplied courtesy of the 808 and SP-1200; both of which are two of the most important elements in the history of real electronic music, and real hip hop…sadly, their sounds have all but become endangered outside of the proper music we listen to here in the underground, but as Paul R, Distant Worlds’ label owner says “it’s all cyclical” and Mihail P is bringing it back to the good old days of Breaks while
keeping the vision forward with his signature emotive aesthetics on ‘Omniverse EP’. Now let’s take a front seat space ship view and get into the review:
Mihail P doesn’t waste any time to go all the way deep as the EP’s first track ‘Paradigm’ comes in raising emotional highs like a mountain’s peak. The track begins in filter, as a rolling breaks drums pattern with emotive synths and strings of the thought provoking and awe inspiring variety synchronize well together to both catch your attention and build up anticipation in this composition. Soon they rise out of the filter like waters and into the open air of your mind for realization in ‘Paradigm’. Meanwhile mighty SP-1200 kicks emulating the rhythm of a heartbeat are carefully paced with drums of the same nature to provide just the right punch and richest of bass behind emotive synths layered with beautiful hums. These synths create sort of a early 90s
New Age feel over the track, as they bathe the track’s rhythms in atmosphere as well. Subtle melodic keys come in the background next sounding like rolling drops of water while creating harmony with percussive glass like bell accented taps. It’s a surreal and melancholy journey with no turning back as the atmosphere of the track only enriches more with synthesized nature calls, and space like water splashing effects throughout. At times the mighty bass tones seamlessly ride out, allowing you to process all the highs before coming back in again with rumbling frequencies and keeping the journey quite strong, despite its overall downtempo leaning.
Around the halfway point, snares fade out to just rich heartbeat like kicks as melodic synth notes come in the track to add more emphasis on the emotive side of things, as well as keep your head nodding to its laid back thought inspiring groove. Listen closely for the reverb 808 cowbells bringing in some nice percussive chime around this same point in ‘Paradigm’. The breaks come back in again as the track culminates, this time with the percussion elements absent in exchange for raw old school space as your mind is now saturated with sun touched emotive wealth and assured that this is a journey you will gladly want to continue.
‘Paradigm’ is top class, pure breaks in downtempo that makes you want more, as you’ve probably not heard this style done so well since 1994. It’s a great way to start off this amazing EP and is one of those tracks you can play in the early hours of the day, or late at night….no matter the year, or whenever the time ‘Paradigm’ will take you away.
The journey through Omniverse continues in the smoothest of transitions with ‘Kessel Run’. The track begins bell accented synth notes and whistle like synth highs harmonizing over a looping hat pattern. Moments later, Mihail calls upon the mighty 808, which arrives in subtle fashion with shuffling bass rich kicks, signature cowbells, and soft snares creating an automatic head nodding groove to the track. The presence of breaks snares are also present, yet take a subtle backseat more for percussive purposes of rhythm.
And for your serenity purposes, a rich and deep sub bass frequency comes in with plenty of boom to lace this track with a real inside the room live feel. Likewise, there is excellent use of space going on that also helps achieve the live element in the track. The warm synth notes and glass like accented pads continue, lovingly backed by atmospheric bliss synth key holds, as the track continues towards it peak. Your ears aren’t deceiving you when you hear a cool vocal sample loop every now and then placed perfectly throughout. Just when you think the track is reaching culmination, it shows it’s beautiful chameleon nature and transforms into a magical breakbeat track as SP-1200 snares and kicks
sub layered by 808 kicks and rich bass frequencies take you back to a shuffling and head nodding early 90s Brooklyn style hip hop/breaks affair. Superb and smooth how this transition occurs and beautifully tricky;in other words, ‘Kessel Run’ starts off easily as what we define as an ambient leaning techno track that seamlessly transitions into a deep breaks jam as the track peaks. Another example of the genius in the young but very gifted Mihail P.
‘Kessel Run’ is arguably, a top track highlight moment on a very strong EP overall, that’s hard to play just once without going right back. It also finishes the wonderful A side of Omniverse in a very memorable and strong fashion. Of course you will want to flip this wax over for more.
Be warned as the B-side will give you just that, if more is what you are here for, as the deep detour into breaks continue.
The B-side of this Distant World that is Omniverse begins with ‘Experiment 6’ an experiment in deep and clean breaks with a nod to the Autechre influenced aesthetics of the mid90s; the track title itself may very well give you a hint. The track starts off beatless with beautiful synth notes in melody, and the gradual arrival of closed hats before a robotic like zap brings in the signal for the shuffling drums and 808 kickbass sub layered by those closed hats and faint tambourine like percussion. There’s plenty of 808 claps too throughout, as the emotive journey picks up at a faster pace than any of the EPs other tracks. It’s still downtempo and chill in feel, but its raw sense of space and deep emotive melody give it that old school in the room with the machines feel that make it so real.
Back to the rest of the track, as the above elements continue to purvey throughout, new elements like alternating melodic sequences played over the tracks main groove make a welcome entrance. There’s even some IDM flavored hard kick doubles that transition the beat between more aggressive and ride out moments of beatless ambience. To truly sum this Experiment 6 up, you will have to listen and just be blown away by the journey. It’s the type of sensual and emotive breakbeat affair that works early in the evening or in those DJ sets with tracks that take it back, to the real era when there was no social media, or pay to play, just fanclubs, and fun, and raw produced electronics. ‘Experiment 6’ proves the deep hypothesis to be correct, and should be a familiar play in your DJ sets.
Seemingly in awe, as we near the end of this EP, the absorption into a distant reality continues in the culmination of the Omniverse EP with ‘Sons of October’. It starts off beatless with a twilightish and ethereal feeling melody carefully painted with deep bass breaks style scratching; again surprise is a great element during this part because you don’t know where this one is going to go when the beat drops in. Once those drums do kick in, you’ll be in awe of its intricacy and hybrid elements, combining 2 of the best of electronics infamous machines, the SP-1200 and 808, plus scratching. It’s a slower paced breaks affair with lots of groove and head nodding flavor as the deep bass frequency tones provide a moody and funky rhythm groove that sits perfectly under this tracks ghostly and ethereal synths. There’s also plenty of laser zaps and hip hop flavored loops that sound like machine dipped scratching with a melody of their own over the main groove. Breaks drums alternate in and out of filter effects as congas ride them every
now and them for a percussive journey. Every now and then, you’ll get lovely 808 snares in solo mode wrapped with the tracks atmospheric synths. On that note of synths, be amazed as high frequency sunlight synths come in like rays through the cosmic window of your mind, perfectly complemented with deeper synths of bliss. We try to let the music make an individual judgement for listeners during our reviews, but this track is damn good, maybe the best on here, and a classic in the years to come, and that’s saying a lot if you’ve heard the other amazing track previews or read this whole review. It’s a superbly produced track, full of peaks, lows, transitions, and climaxes all the way through to its final seconds. There couldn’t be a better end to this EP simply put. ‘Sons of October’ is a track you’ll play a lot with its daydream like synth aesthetics that sound like the wandering mind in it’s more inquisitive and introspective states.
Seasonally, the ‘Omniverse EP’ couldn’t come at better time, as the season we call summer is characterized by heat, rain, sunshine, purple nights, and dynamic colors reflecting the sun and rain’s touch on nature..in other words it’s full of moods, just like the seasons we experience here on Earth; all of those emotions might be felt while listening to this EP, Omniverse and it exemplifies the rarity and beauty that comes with the subtle magic in nature, like the Sun rising, or the Wind breezing.
Indeed Distant Worlds and Mihail P have done magic again with the ‘Omniverse EP’ taking you into it’s beautiful sun filled and ethereal atmospheres over hybrid breaks of the 808 and SP-1200 variety. It’s a wonderful project and grabs your attention as soon as you see the artwork all the way to its final seconds.
On that same note, the artwork is done courtesy of SoLAR, who just recently won the title of Manchester’s best artist. There’s a giant clock, and distant planets overlooking what looks to be an Earth of the distant past as ice covered mountains descend into warm pool scene of humans having fun in the sun, or getting ready to dive into the deep…maybe this proves time is cyclical and not linear, and that greatness in art and music, as well as how humans value this thing called life will come again full circle, or perhaps it’s already out here in a familiar cosmic parallel, somewhere in Distant galaxy full of Distant Worlds like the ‘Omniverse’ EP.
There’s only more greatness to come from this wonderful label from the cosmic parallels known as Distant Worlds, and of course we can be equally excited about what’s next for Mihail P as he surely delivers with every appearance or EP he’s been behind to date.
When it comes to a Distant Worlds Transmission, you already should know not to hesitate, experience the magic of Mihail P on the ‘Omniverse EP’ on lovely wax plate, and let your mind elevate…
Also, check out this amazing accompanying mix Mihail P uploaded to coincide with his new EP:
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