Abigail Wyles – Mantra (Doc Daneeka Mix)

Abigail Wyles recently made her debut with Mantra on Chase and Status’ MTA Records. The success of the original was based largely on haunting, emotive vocals, with a hollow and sparse value attributed by producer, Holly Simpson. Genre-spanning specialist Doc Daneeka reworks the minimalist imprint of the original, also exercising a reductionist approach to create big atmosphere. What first appears is an exiguous amount of elements – echoing bell keys and those unmistakable, introverted vocals.

Powerful vocal harmonies begin to increase sonic presence, complimented by flittering hi-hats until the arrival of hard-hitting and reverberating percussion. The prominence of specific elements can often be done to ill-effect although, with reference to Daneeka’s take on Mantra, we see something altogether more polished. Smooth and understated bass elements propel this emotive, slow burner, providing us with a beautiful arrangement that’s a blessing for a pensive listener.

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