Exalted Encounter by Valura
Second EP in the Elements series on Rebekah's label
Two original tracks focus on the element of "earth" while Rebekah and Serbian producer Lag provide their own interpretations.
- Exalted Encounter A
- Exalted Encounter (Lag Remix)
- Exalted Encounter B
- Exalted Encounter (Rebekah Remix)
On her previous release, the Broken Circle EP, Valura demonstrated a keen ear for deep, menacing Techno, particularly on opening track 264; so if that style of Techno spawns endorphins in your brain, then both Exalted Encounter tracks should be on your shopping list.
Drumless and barren, the A version paints the proverbial post-apocalyptic scene, with visions of earth bearing the brunt of a hard-bitten winter. Lag's reworking introduces a machine rhythm to the flow, altering the original's vibe virtually beyond recognition, leaving us with a brand new track (and a very good one too).
Moving across the seasons, the second encounter sees the earth truly warming up, with an optimism that heralds an alternative set of elements - the building melody and intense drumwork reminiscent of Inigo Kennedy's excellent NGC512 EP.
Rebekah's contribution is a no-nonsense, thumping effort, clearly aimed at peak time, but like the Lag effort, sort of breaks up the overall flow; perhaps the two originals on the A-side would have provided a better sequence?
- Rating: 6/10
- Listens: 11
- Highlight: Exalted Encounter A
- Label: Elements
- Release Date: 4th September, 2017