It’s always a pleasure to share something from Afterlife and his consistently excellent catalogue. Housed on his own Subatomic imprint ‘Rising Up’ is yet another elegant and sparkling collection, of clever musical statements populated with positive intentions. In this series of EP’s spanning the last few years, I would go so far to say that this one has to be his strongest to date.
Opener ‘Rising Up’ paves the way by defining a celebration of the human spirit, serving the thoughtful dancefloor well with its chiming melodies and deep house jazzy chords, underpinned by a quietly haunting vocal almost hidden from view. ‘Way Out West’ increases the temperature and will get the ALFOS crowd stepping, as the smouldering rhythm section, alongside a fiery array of exhilarating synths, injects new life into an unfolding future somewhere out there in our wildest imagination.
‘Medicine Man’ fills you with a sense of wonder created by the deeply blissful treatment of uplifting swathes of synthesised sonics. ‘Casual Bungalow’ is cool and quirky, punctuating the airwaves with its sublime, pulsating bass, and a playful ensemble of keys, flourished by a refined and crystalline piano solo. Afterlife yet again, guides the listener to a place of contemplation, a place where all of these pieces of music can be lovingly cherished.