On the Radar: Marino Canal – Sentient EP

Marino Canal
Marino Canal

Marino Canal is geared up to drop his latest EP, Sentient, on Mood Records. The Waveform Transmitter’s Simon Huxtable takes a listen to the Spanish producer’s offering.

You can feel a change in the air. We’re not talking about political change either, we’re referring to techno’s continued and ever more involved fascination with melodics. None get it more than those folks over at MOOD, where Spanish craftsman Marino Canal returns with the incredible Sentient EP.

In fact, the dust has barely settled since his deep, emotive and explorative debut LP Over & Under and with the addition of this masterpiece it won’t be long before you’ll be seeing Canal’s name everywhere.

Fragment is a kaleidoscope of emotions and atmospheres. Evolving, twisting, turning, it grabs you by the unmentionables from the first bar and playfully caresses them until you can’t hold back any longer! The instrumentation, sweeps and gradual percussion shift into tribal really drive this track along nicely and make it perfect for a mood [sic] change mid-set.

Sentient goes deeper as it weaves a tale of beautiful introspection. That first break is to die for. We genuinely don’t know if it’s the satisfyingly growly Reese bass sweeps or the keyed vocal snips that made us geek out more… We think we were lost in thought for most of the mid-section first time round!

Soaring, yearning and coded with just the right amount of cosmic allure, Marino is making some of the most immersive music in techno right now and you would be a fool to pass on this.

As we pass into the third decade of dance music, it’s refreshing to see an artist ripping up the rule book and making passionate, thoughtful music again. Throw away those cookie cutters and take leaf out of this guy’s book. This is true dance music.

Sentient is due for release on Nicole Moudaber‘s MOOD imprint on February 24th. In the meantime, check out Marino‘s guestmix for the label.

Author: Ste Knight

Editor at The Waveform Transmitter. Lover of acid basslines, cavernous kick drums, and dark rooms. Cut his teeth to Surgeon's blistering techno assault at T-Funkshun in Liverpool and hasn't stopped for breath since.

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