With an impressive roster of talent and an increasing number of releases; Alabama based label Harmony Haven is consolidating its position as one of the central pillars of the wave scene.
Last month saw the release of Beyond the Haven. It’s an impressive showcase, carrying tracks from some of Haven’s leading lights. One of Beyond the Haven‘s standout songs, Vmbra x Kaleidokitty‘s “Earth Is Calling”, has received a stellar remix from another label mate, Retach.
The original version of “Earth Is Calling” is streamlined, future garage with a sharp breakbeat. It’s very direct in terms of the excitement it generates, and the imagination and creative confidence it displays.
It’s astonishing then, that Retach was able to take something very special and rework it like this. Their version of “Earth Is Calling” spools up in the same epic way, but it takes things in a slightly more organic direction.
Retach has moved “Earth Is Calling” into a slightly different orbit. It has a particular, peculiar vitality to it. It’s somehow grungier but still recognisably wave. A lot of this comes from the rejigged beat and rich, varied textures you’ll encounter in the mix.
Kaleidokitty’s vocals are so vital to either version. Their voice brings very real, yet subtle emotion to something deeply rooted in the digital.
All tolled both versions of “Earth Is Calling” are practically perfect examples of how dynamic wave production and culture can be.
Label: Harmony Haven