Toronto-based producer Nautiluss returns for the third release of Mr. Beatnick’s label, Mythstery records, this time under new alias Pyramid Lake. The veteran producer’s new Palms on Fire EP offers 3 club-ready workouts along with a bonus remix by head honcho Beatnick himself.
Opening with the title track, “Palms on Fire” hits hard from the first bar with heavy kicks and distorted hats. Rolling hand percussion and an ominous, “oh no,” vocal cut give the track an almost techno sensibility, while the rounded bass synth and soft melodic lead keep the overall vibe unmistakably deep house. Big man Beatnick flips the track himself on the b-side, switching up the foundation with some vintage drum machines and a fat 303 bassline. The result is a classic old school sound that’s sure to resonate on modern dancefloors.
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“Ital Vital” stays in theme by constructing the groove around some dubbed-out industrial percussion. Pyramid Lake keeps listeners unsettled by moving between a darker, polyrhythmic bass line and a floating major-key melody. Tension builds through repetition, and by the track’s midway mark it all begins to seem endless.
Rounding out the EP, Quarion remixes “Cease and Desist” with a thick arpeggiated bassline and paradise pads that are sure to offer the dancefloor some relief after the EP’s preceding heat. Altogether, Palms on Fire is a high-production effort with a lot of umph that has us at Bolting Bits excited to see what else is in store from this new alias Pyramid Lake.
To get your hands on a copy of Palms on Fire, you can pick it up here!