Two of the labels most prized performers, Parker & Hanson’s intimate instrumentals have leant themselves to both big room and darker reworks over the years. Following tradition, latest single “Gravity” is now given a deeper flavour by the resurgent Peter Kreiek and Ariaan Olieroock, 16 Bit Lolitas.
Picking up plaudits from the likes of Pete Tong and Sasha for the latest “Deep In My Soul”, the Balearic beach house vibes wash over “Gravity” in full force.
Continuously building textured layers of sound atop the original’s intricate melody, 16 Bit Lolitas toy with the lead, crushing and phasing the riff before an atmospheric release. Landing “Gravity” firmly in the world of contemporary deep house, 16 Bit Lolitas once again deliver with another mellow underground jam.
Kicking off this latest 16 Bit Lolitas EP is the ruthless ‘Re-Murdered’; one of Peter and Ariaan’s new tracks that was showcased on the Anjunadeep:02 compilation, it’s a pitch-black, menacing and atmospheric reinterpretation, driven by screaming, twisted synths and murky basslines. Needless to say, we rate this spine-chilling number just as highly as its equally evil sibling, ‘Murder Weapon’.
‘The Promised Loop’ takes a more minimalist approach on an epic eleven-and-a-half minute, laid-back prog track with some wonderful guitar-led breaks.
‘Global Warmup’ is an unusual, spacey mix loaded with chunky grooves, psychedelic vocal samples and retro synth lines to round off the E.P.
Following from deep gems like 2008’s ‘Murder Weapon’ and this year’s ‘Cold Energy’, Dutch duo 16 Bit Lolitas unravel their latest dual masterpiece for Anjunadeep in ‘Singularity’ and ‘4v2’. One part classic deep trance, one part dreamy prog, ‘Singularity’ is a blissful eight-minute journey that rises through waves of euphoric melodies and increasingly epic but never overblown crescendos. A blissful, tinkling breakdown then draws you in, before a driving old school trance riff energises the track and twists through a many beautiful turn as the euphoria levels rise and rise till the close.
Starting off darker and deeper, ‘4v2’ is an even more patient but equally rewarding journey that unravels steadily through its eerie minimal techno beginnings and into its release as powerful, delicately textured electronic full of climbing ‘80s synths and electro bass.