A+E – Cobra EP incl. Magnetic Brothers, Tommi Oskari [SMD091]

Hi guys,

Here is a review of A+E’s new song Cobra on the Suffused Music website:


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The 91st release on Suffused Music welcomes A+E to the label for their debut single entitled ‘Cobra’. Adrian Butinar and Elton Smith hail from Melbourne, Australia and make up the A+E production team. Having met over a decade ago it wasn’t until almost 2010 that their respective solo careers would become intertwined. Having both come from successful trance oriented production pasts the duos first collaboration as A+E was the deep progressive gem ‘Mica’. Released by System Recordings and championed by Anthony Pappa the production had the whole progressive house underground wanting to hear more from this exciting new duo. It’s been 12 long months since the release of ‘Mica’ but we now see Suffused Music presenting the second ever A+E production. The duos latest ‘Cobra’ looks to build on the mystery and intrigue of ‘Mica’ and also includes remixes from Magnetic Brothers and Tommi Oskari.

The dubby, glacial grooves which were explored on ‘Mica’ were quite fresh and on ‘Cobra’ we see more unique production work from A+E. Getting underway with a tribal infused groove and sultry sax hooks you’re immediately drawn in by its quirkiness. As additional drum elements get worked into the mix the momentum rises monumentally though the first act. Fluttery synths add mightily to the sax storyboard and the addition of a ride picks up the pace even further. The track’s live feel keeps it bright and exciting throughout and the main break is adorned with soulful lines which propel the track to an exhilarating finish.

The fist interpretation of ‘Cobra’ is provided by the Magnetic Brothers who are making their second appearance on Suffused Music. The Russian duo and literal brothers made their debut on Suffused Music last July with a remix of ‘Reason To Live’ by Ewan Rill & Anton Ttx. It was a fabulous interpretation in a long line of impressive production for the Magnetic Brothers in 2014. It was a year which saw the duo rise from a production slumber with key releases on Movement Recordings and Balkan Connection. For their ‘Cobra’ interpretation the Magnetic Brothers have gone deeper and dubbier with fantastic results. The duos layered beats and reinvention of the sax elements is smooth and sultry. The late night, back room feel is undeniably cool and the new effects storyboard along with a soulful break is monumentally stimulating. If it’s funk, class and dance floor appeal you’re looking for the Magnetic Brothers have come up with something fresh and exciting here. Don’t miss it.

The second and final interpretation of ‘Cobra’ is provided by Tommi Oskari who is making his first appearance on Suffused Music. Hailing from Finland Tommi exploded on to the scene in April of 2013 with a remix of Khen & Sonic Union’s ‘Introspection’ which was released on Cid Inc’s Replug Records. Subsequent appearances on Juicebox Music and Lowbit Records made Tommi one of the undergrounds most inspiring talents and he’s gotten 2015 off to a great start with remixes for Majestic Family records and PHW Elements. Tommi’s progressive techno hybrid has always sounded fresh and it’s melded well with the ‘Cobra’ theme. Opting for a dubbier approach during the first act the Finnish producers powerful beats, driving groove and acidic rhythms push the track into the main break. The murky interlude is full of intrigue with the sax parts expertly reprocessed and teased in to great effect. The re-entry summons more of the main riff which takes off during the third act for a soulful finale. Another very strong production from Tommi which rounds out this excellent release from Suffused Music. Don’t miss it.

Text by Mitch Alexander
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