Franklin De Costa - Belongings
With roots in renegade parties (and later a Space residency) in Ibiza, Vitalik has typically gravitated towards relatively summery flavors of deep house, but the label takes a sharp turn into wintrier climes with the latest release on its vinyl-only offshoot, Vitalik Gold Series. The lush pads of Franklin de Costa's "Belongings" are just luminous enough to warm your hands to, but a chilly heart still beats at the center of this steel-plated, slow-moving beast. A minor key bass arpeggio slinks through desiccated hi-hats and claps, and contrapuntal lines frequently spin off into shivery tangents; the analog-inspired sound design strikes a position somewhere between Levon Vincent and Conforce. Twisting and morphing, it all shuffles along at a numbing 112 beats per minute, but it never lacks for muscle, thanks to tough drums and a vibrant sense of swing; it's an elegant, unusual take on slow-motion space techno.
Anonym's remix brings us back up to a more conventional dance floor clip, filing the drums down to a silvery hiss of rides and crisp claps, and drawing out those gaseous pads for nearly nine-and-a-half minutes of ethereal, dubbed-out bliss.