Artist: Federico Monachesi
Title: Zagros
Remixers: Hobin Rude
Release Date: 4 November 2022

Supported by: Hernan Cattaneo, Joris Voorn, Paul Oakenfold, Terry Grant, Chris Fortier, Lonya, Mariano Mellino, Baunder, Nick Varon, Simos Tagias, Tash, Matan Caspi, Dj Ruby, Eric Lune, ao

Opening the month of November, Tash's Movement Recordings welcomes Federico Monachesi back to the label for his debut EP. With a career that spans the better part of two decades, the Argentinean artist lays claim to releases courtesy of Balkan Connection, Nature, pad records and Soundteller, while also earning the support of Hernan Cattaneo, Nick Warren, Eelke Kleijn and Nick Muir. Movement Recordings has also been a landing spot for the Tucaman resident, with his label debut coming in 2017 with a contribution to the 'Closing With' collection, while 2018 found Federico returning as part of the 'GLBLMVMT1 - Exploring Argentina' compilation. Now making his third appearance on the label, Federico presents his 'Zagros' EP, alongside a remix from Hobin Rude.

Getting the EP underway with the title selection, Federico marries rolling grooves with buoyant rhythms and inviting electronics. Sleek and energetic, an enticing array of arps elevates mood across the first act, as shimmering effects and clattering percussive arrangements provide a bridge into the main break. Balmy atmospheres rise across the interlude, creating moments of anticipation, as an eventual zenith is reached with clustered melodies and hazy harmonics spearheading an uplifting finale. The companion piece 'Submerged' continues the melodic lean of the EP with a timeless style Federico has become known for. From warm and mystical beginnings, the piece pulsates with hip swinging grooves and rolling rhythmic structures. Emerging chord stabs elevate mood across the first act, effortlessly shifting energy into an emotive interlude, before breaking off into a goosebump worthy conclusion.

Returning to the label with the lone interpretation of 'Zagros' is Hobin Rude. Hailing from Serbia, Hobin Rude first emerged in 2020 with a remix for Jelly For The Babies One Of A Kind imprint. His progressive sounds quickly found favour with the genre's premiere tastemakers Hernan Cattaneo and Nick Warren, eventually leading to releases via Beat Boutique, Dopamine White, Hoomidaas and Sound Avenue. Also an established DJ, the Belgrade resident has the distinction of performing with elite international talents Guy J, Roy Rosenfeld, Tim Green, Volen Sentir and more. Having made his Movement Recordings debut earlier this year with 'It Was and It Will', Hobin now returns for his first remix, taking 'Zagros' into darker territory. Drawing inspiration from the original, Hobin layers misty atmospheres and arcane electronics atop punchy beats and driving grooves. Mysterious and thought-provoking throughout, it's a heady amalgamation of sound which makes for an energetic yet atmospheric journey, elegantly melting down to ethereal phrasing across a one-minute interlude, before a mystical final act puts a cap on this creative gem.
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