Vaun & Animai – Taking Over Review (SMMS001)

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Following on from her incredible contribution with Wayfarer on ‘Reflections’, Animai has hooked up with another fantastic up and coming producer who knows his way around bass weight; Vaun. This highly anticipated release on MindStep is a brilliant piece of work and comes with three remixes and an extended instrumental version.

‘Taking Over’ swells up with Animai’s striking vocals over wandering keys, building up into a truly entrancing piece of music. These elements are layered over enveloping bass with the occasional mid-range wobble and the smooth guitars in the outro combine with an increasingly intense vocal performance to bring the track to a satisfying ending. The enchanting quality of this track is derived from the simplicity of the track; it takes a lot to build a track with so much space that remains as captivating as this.

The Simbad remix retains the haunting vocals but builds them up into a more percussive and lively track. I feel like he has done a really good job of holding plenty of that tension and atmosphere from the original whilst bringing a vastly different overall vibe.  As expected, Wayfarer brings the track into the dark and tribal world he inhabits; disconcerting synths and bongo rolls warped over dark and heavy bass.

Sam KDC, unsurprisingly, also opts to build the track around Animai’s vocal work. This is a really dubby piece which incorporates a slightly warped version of the midrange bass from the original alongside some percussion for the steppas.

Pick up the track for yourselves here:

http://www.junodownload.com/products/vaun-animai-taking-over/2339724-02/

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