Before proceeding any further, readers are encouraged to press play on the preview track. This text will make a lot more sense if you do. Done? Welcome to the submarine world of laidback sounds that is ‘Underwater EP’ by Martin Schulte (an alias of the Russian musician Marat Shibaev)
Throughout this 20 minute EP, listeners’ ears are massaged by muted bassdrums, pleasant crackling in the high-end and pads that seem to come rolling from miles away. Sporting characteristics of deep house, dub, and some very lazy techno (this techno is so lazy it has started living in symbiosis with the couch, man, seriously), this is one heck of a chill-pill. I chose the title track for the preview, because out of all 4 tracks, this is the one that best illustrates these qualities.
The title and cover are incredibly well-chosen, as they are spot on when it comes to conveying the mood for this EP. The occasions for playing this record will be plentiful: as one is equally inclined to play these tracks on cold winter days as on lazy summer evenings, for they fit in remarkably well in both contexts. This is no false claim, as it has been tested and found true for the past five years since its initial release in 2006. This is that most remarkable of gems, a release that sounds fresh every time you listen to it, no matter how many times.
‘Underwater EP’ is permeated with a warm, submerged sound that inevitably reminds one of tropical seas. If you’ve never scuba-dived in your life, then this is about as close as you’ll get without actually getting your feet wet. Highly recommended. [SVB]
Martin Schulte – Underwater
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