Artist: Arash Shadram
Title: Immaculate
Remixer: Ran Salman, Asonante
Release Date: 14 October 2022

Supported by: Solomun, Adriatique, Innellea, Fideles, Armin van Buuren, John Digweed, Dubfire, Pete Tong, Nick Warren, Joris Voorn, Ae:ther, Øostil, BLANCAh, The Element, 19:26, Axel Haube, Wurtz, ao.

Opening up the fall season, Astral Records welcomes Arash Shadram to the label for his debut EP. Initially recognized for his BladeandBeard band, Iranian artist Arash Shadram broke out in solo capacity three years ago with a highly stylized brand of cosmic techno. Be Free Recordings, Einmusika, Radikon, Running Clouds and more have played host to his elusive sound, while melodic house and techno tastemakers have championed his creations along the way. Now, following a remix for Somatic Records, Arash makes his Astral Records debut with 'Immaculate' alongside remixes from Ran Salman and Asonante.
Beginning with the title selection Arash crafts a dramatic yet emotive piece complete with timeless narratives. Following a DJ friendly intro it's a selection of delicate arps which provide a cosmic storyboard over a bed of pulsating beats and driving percussion. Wavy modulation and siren-like themes unite for a perfect combination of tension and exhilaration, pushing onwards to a thumping finale. Meanwhile, on 'Little Ways' Arash continues to explore the darker narratives for which he has become known. A tough, deliberate groove sits at the foundation, while prophetic designs and lively percussive arrangements add bounce and drive. Looking to bring greater emotional depth, the main break melts down to symphonic synth phrasing, allowing the listener to relish in its colourful glow as the groove returns for a tastefully triumphant conclusion.
The first interpretation of 'Immaculate' is provided by Ran Salman who makes his label debut. No stranger to the Movement Recordings family, the Israeli artist made his Movement debut in May of 2017 with a remix of Natural Flow's 'Floating', before going to remix Paul Anthonee's 'Cheveux Roux' the following year. Also laying claim to projects via Atlant, Radikon, The Soundgarden and more, Ran now makes his Astral Records debut with a powerful take on 'Immaculate'. Complete with striking melodic fragments, hyperactive rhythms and a forest of prophetic designs, it's an adrenalized energy-rush for the ages - one where Ran lands at his creative best. Returning to the label for the second and final interpretation of 'Immaculate' is Asonante. The Spanish artist made his Astral debut last year with the lead selection on the label's popular 'Celestial' collection. His dark atmospheric sound has also found a home on Infinite Depth and WOOD, the latter of which has been his primary home since first emerging in 2018.
Continuing to build a bond with Astral, Asonante makes a welcome return to the label for his first remix, taking 'Immaculate' into otherworldly territory. Spanning seven magical minutes, Asonante's imaginative rework resonates on a profound level, as he expertly transforms the parts into a consciousness-expanding conversion of musical ideas where sleek dance floor minded grooves meet icy percussion, ethereal effects and hopeful overlays.
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