Artist: Ruben Karapetyan
Title: Sooner or later
Release Date: 11 February 2022
Supported by: Solomun, &ME, Above & Beyond, Adriatique, Agoria, Anja Schneider, Armen Miran, Armin van Buuren, Be Svendsen, BEHROUZ, BLOND:ISH, Damian Lazarus, Danny Tenaglia DJ, John Digweed, John 00 Fleming, Lonya, Markus Schulz, MATAN CASPI, Mind Against, Nick Warren, Paul Oakenfold, Paul Van Dyk, Pete Tong, ao
The latest release from Tash's Movement Recordings welcomes label artist Ruben Karapetyan back for a new EP. Following a ten-year hiatus, the Armenian born, USA based artist made a triumphant return to electronic music in 2020 with a series of the releases via the Greek imprint. On the strength of his ethno-progressive sound and remixes from Emi Galvin, Matan Caspi and Stan Kolev, Ruben earned praise and support from the underground's top tastemakers, while enjoying an extended stay in Beatport's Progressive House charts. Additional releases for Droid9 and Eat My Hat landed with equal fanfare, making the Los Angeles resident one of the progressive scene's fastest rising artists to emerge in recent times. Now continuing on that upward trajectory, Ruben returns to his comfortable home of Movement Recordings with a two-track showcase entitled 'Sooner or Later'.
Beginning with the title selection, Ruben crafts a spiritual slice of progressive house with a tantalizing atmospheric narrative. Played out over eight minutes, its fluid groove, pulsating rhythms and otherworldly effects come together for amazing moments across the first act. Subtle and refined, this sleek storyboard proves to be the perfect prelude for a two-minute of cross-cultural vocals and mystical textures, beautifully juxtaposed and heightening the senses onwards to a stirring finale.
The release concludes with the equally impressive 'Ihy'. Well in line with the previous selection with its free flowing, trippy style; a marriage of muscular grooves, devilish effects and driving percussion set the stage for an enticing narrative. Once again, the main break is set to delight dance floors with its transcendent vibes and exotic motifs, tactfully building across a cavernous two-minute stretch and setting the stage for a charged final movement. Exhilarating and memorable, it rounds out a welcome return to Movement Recordings for Ruben, who continues to be one of the progressive scene's brightest talents. Highly recommended.