Wide Zones (Slice Records)
German born and Melbourne-based, Daniel Eschbach aka Robodop Snei returns with another quirky and mind-expanding downtempo distillation of synthpop, electro, dubby trance and psychedelia. Much in the same vein as his wondrous Strange Ongoings (2013), Wide Zones is loaded with powerful, deep, punchy tunes infused with that unique analog synthpop/synthwave signature that makes his sound so distinctive. Daniel knows his synthesisers and his love is deep; he can build a seriously hypnotic groove and he plays in the analog space like a great painter plays with colours. The title track has a gorgeous vocoder-filtered refrain bubbling up from its lush oceanic depths, anchored by a growling electro bass motif. “Crystal Clear Mind” takes the most cosmic synth textures of 80’s new age (think Emerald Web) and transplants them into 21st century psytrance at a leisurely 90 beats per minute. For lovers of lush and trippy downtempo, Wide Zones is in the zone, totally.
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