Durante – Orca EP

By Scott Delamare

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Former OWSLA intern Durante takes us deep into the house jungle with the release of his new EP, Orca. The two-track EP highlights just how far Durante has come in his career as a young house producer. Orca and Reprieve provide the perfect balance of new experimental Durante sounds with the signature textural percussion lines we’ve grown to love. With each one clocking in around 6 minutes long, these aren’t songs you can just skip around to the drop with. You have to listen start to finish to understand and appreciate the subtle build throughout these gems.

Orca’s intro dives straight into it. A classic house loop with jungle tom drum percussion lines. Perhaps most interesting element of the tune is its quirky synth lead. Durante somehow manages to keep this distorted synth perfectly on beat while allowing it to flow freely throughout. You’re never quite sure what the next measure is going to sound like. The build up in the breaks perfectly reflect the essence of house music at its core. It’s simple. It’s elegant. It’s house music.

Reprieve follows suit keeping the jungle house elements while incorporating more melodic components. A mesmerizing piano progression creates an avante-garde atmosphere of harmony and the chaos of the jungle. Every few bars, we are struck with this tribal snare drum that only amplifies the primitive chants we hear towards the end of the track.

In an age of commercialized labels trying to lure everyone’s attention with artwork, it is incredibly refreshing to see an artist truly take the time and think about what image reflects the sound on the record. The choice of artwork could not better encompass the essence of these two beautifully crafted tracks. Thanks for keeping it real with this one, Durante.

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