Emika – Forever Never [Emika Records]

Resplendent in its simplicity, 'Forever' is the sound of Emika boiled down to her steely essence. Gated vocal snippets and haunting synth arpeggios give a nod to early-'90s proto-trance, the arps filtering in and out of focus in tense fashion before unfolding into a dreamy melodic progression 'Never' treads similar ground but takes a more direct approach, the tension building consistently in layers as more arpeggiated synths gently modulate in hypnotic fashion. Shimmering, icy sounds create a haunting, slow-burning atmosphere before the rhythm switches up for the latter half of the track, layers of gated white noise further punctuating the groove Emika deftly utilises each element for maximum effect, allowing each to breathe and shine by way of slick production and clever arrangement.

Emika - Forever (Original Mix)
Emika - Never (Original Mix)