There's a forgotten classicism to the music that makes up Soy Mustafa's next release on his own Cinematic Recordings. Not only are the arrangements grandiose and sweeping, but the instruments sound real and played. It makes for music that somehow feels more important and enduring than your average throwaway track, and in the process sends your mind in a spin trying to tie up the appropriate mental images for such widescreen, non–standard sounds: Cinematic, perhaps?
"Bipolars Revenge" gets the package underway, with lacerated sounding snares skating around the mix from left to right. Heavyhearted chords slowly move up and down the scale to bring a little warmth, and only at about the midpoint do the kicks grow loud enough for you to realise you're actually listening to techno. The first of two killer remixes comes from Kirk Degiorgio who skews the chords into more urgent patterns as other synth lines squiggle about in the background, conjuring a feeling of flying through a starlit sky at 100 miles an hour.
Ambient expert John Beltran is the other remixer. His version is dense with strings and blotchy melodies. Staying slightly more bogged down in the drums, this one feels glazed over with a chilly winter frost. Mustafa closes things out with "Atrak"—a restless, jostling drum arrangement with mournful melodic sweeps that dart about like a bee in a box. Intense and heady without ever feeling overpowering, it makes for arresting listening.
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Tracklist: Soy Mustafa - Bipolars Revenge 01. Bipolars Revenge
02. Bipolars Revenge (Kirk Degiorgio Remix)
03. Bipolars Revenge (John Beltran's Winter Mix)