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.