Artist: Amono Dio
Title: Sophocles
Remixers: Peter Makto, Reboq
Release Date: 26 August 2022

Supported by:  Armin van Buuren, Solomun, John Digweed, Dubfire, Guy Gerber, Joris Voorn, Nick Warren, &ME, Agoria, Anja Schneider, BLOND:ISH, John 00 Fleming, Above & Beyond, Danny Tenaglia, Paul Oakenfold, Paul Van Dyk, ELIF ao..

Movement Recordings closes out the month of August by welcoming Amono Dio to the label for their debut EP. Comprised of Kevin Sunray and Roni Iron, the Amono Dio project first emerged earlier this year with a string of releases via Italy's Frequenza Records. Both well established in their respective solo careers, Kevin and Roni boast a collective discography with projects via Armada, Blackhole, Kingstreet, Ministry of Sound, Nitegrooves and more. No stranger to Movement Recordings, Roni's label debut came in 2015 with a well received remix of 'Candy Lips' by T.Pals and John Teki, before going on to contribute original productions to the label's 'Modern Filosophy' and 'Technical Progress' collections, as well as his own EP project 'Hidden Places' which landed in 2020. Now making a welcome return to the Movement, Roni pairs with Kevin Sunray as Amono Dio for a two-track showcase entitled 'Sophocles', alongside remixes from Peter Makto and Reboq.

The release begins with the dark electric vibes of 'Argolis'. Buoyant and smooth, it carries a groovy yet menacing quality from the outset. Gaining momentum across the first act, the piece moves through a series of striking stabs, otherworldly effects and wavy arps, as emotive chord changes push energy into the main break. The emotional narrative expands across the centrepiece, as a cross-cultural vocal steals the air, playing off devilish stabs as the groove drops in for a galloping finale. The companion piece 'Electra' follows a similar sonic ethos and resonates on an equally impressive level. Remarkably powerful, its deliberate groove commands attention, moving through hazy atmospherics and rhythmic pulses, while squelchy lines and hopeful pads add further colour leading into the main break. Expansive at nearly two minutes in length, it's a cross-cultural vocal which highlights the centrepiece, flowing through soulful phrasing, before getting washed away in a wave of pulsating beats and squelchy synth swagger.

Returning to the label and providing the lone interpretation of 'Electra' is Peter Makto. The Hungarian artist and Truesounds label boss has firmly etched his place in the electronic underground with releases via Hoomidaas, The Soundgarden, Where The Heart Is and more. Having made his label debut alongside occasional studio partner Gregory S in 2019, Peter now returns in solo capacity for a spirited take on 'Electra'. Fluid and groovy in equal measure, it's a mix that carries the sensibility of the original, while adding a deeper vibe through meditative arps and fuzzed out effects. Building beautifully into the main break, nostalgic chord changes add an emotive flair, while ghostly vocal choirs eventually give way to buzzing tonal themes and a tastefully tranquil conclusion.

The release concludes with Reboq returning to the label and providing the lone interpretation of 'Electra'. Based in the northeast of Italy, Enrico Trevis aka Reboq has been involved in house and techno for over a decade. 2009 marked his production debut where he operated under a variety of monikers, earning support from world class DJs such as Roger Sanchez, until 2019 saw the birth of Reboq. With a focus on melodic house and techno, Enrico has compiled an impressive catalog under the Reboq guise, landing releases via ICONYC, Polyptych and Steyoyoke. Movement Recordings has also been a vehicle for Reboq's melodic sound, with his debut coming in March of this year with 'Tales From Mars'. Now on the strength of an EP for Truesounds, Reboq returns to the label with a quality rendition of ''Electra'. Electrically charged with perfectly manicured beats and rolling rhythms, its cosmic appeal beams brightly from the outset. Combining processed vocals with crisp percussion and striking arps makes for a sleek yet menacing first act. Trance-inducing vocals and creamy tones heighten the senses during a well-crafted break, bringing an emotive slant before a long, fiery build paves the way for a thunderous drop and floor-filling finale. An inspired remix from Reboq once again which caps off an impressive label debut for Amono Dio.
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