Review: Jon Charnis & Hands Free – Leviathan [Connaisseur] // DeeplyMoved
The wait is finally over: Jon Charnis and Hands Free’s monster track “Leviathan” is now out on Connaisseur Recordings. Many remember it from Tale of Us’ ENTER set at Space Ibiza some time ago, and it also has garnered support from the likes of Mind Against, Job Jobse, Thugfucker, Reude Hagelstein, Ambivalent, DJ T, and Butch, among others. Like their previous outstanding collab, a remix of Tim Paris – “Extreme Nails” [MFR], they have again demonstrated the synergistic magic that can be conjured when forces of complementary talent and intelligent songwriting combine flawlessly into a musical chimera. This aptly named 9-minute beast is already clawing its way up the Beatport Deep House top 50 charts after just a few days of being released into the wild, and on first onset of chills it’s blatantly evident to understand why. The somewhat minimal melody of inquisitive synth plucks lends itself to an aura of brooding tension and restraint, coloured with shudders and flutters of richly textured percussion, before patiently luring the listener into an exquisitely evocative and wholly goosebump-inducing breakdown punctuated sporadically with compact and commanding drum bursts. It’s an emotive and superbly crafted exercise in sonic hypnotism best appreciated by discerning ears.
// Buy Jon Charnis and Hands Free – “Leviathan” MP3 on Beatport
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