“It had been a while since Simon had sent us some new music, but when i heard the new EP I was totally blown away and it was definitely worth the wait. Every time I play it in a club it tears the roof off and I have other djs asking what it is. I have a good feeling about this one!” – Steve Bug
Ataraxia: “a state of serene calmness” – and a highly appropriate title for two tracks that epitomise Simon Garcia’s singular vision of the hypnotic potentiality of house.
On the back of his residency at Madrid’s MOTEL club, a busy international tour schedule, and high praise from an array of luminaries including Laurent Garnier, Simon Garcia touches down on Poker Flat for his second release on the label.
The title track’s pounding kick and busy hats provide a bedrock for a slow crescendo of drones and parallel, pulsing synths. Skilfully, layer after layer is added to the mix to deliver a heady, reverberating transfiguration. Eschewing the easy tricks of big builds and breakdowns, it’s an exercise in serenity through meditative repetition.
‘A Hot Drink In the Desert’ casts a tropical feel with its bustling beat and dancing xylophone. This is soon disrupted by high frequency, Hitchcock style drones, ominous piano strokes and undulating bass tones, taking the tune into haunting soundtrack territory – a deliciously mysterious and spooky groove.