Abakus ‎– Departure

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
none Abakus Departure(11xFile, FLAC, Album) Modus Recordings none UK 2016
BLV2739723 Abakus Departure(11xFile, MP3, Album, 320) Modus Recordings BLV2739723 UK 2016

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mopem

mopem

February 11, 2018
referencing Departure, 11xFile, FLAC, Album, none
Very intrigue and class album. I can reccomend! For all !
fabriknos

fabriknos

November 3, 2016
edited over 2 years ago
referencing Departure, 11xFile, FLAC, Album, none

Russ has been on a roll lately, releasing his massive "The Archives" collection of unreleased content, under both his Abakus and Cinnamon Chasers monikers, in addition to his last two excellent CC albums from 2015. Departure marks his first full length Abakus album since 2013's Silent Geometry, which was one of the few releases by Russ that I wasn't 100% into. So I was very excited to grab this album on Beatport and see where he's journeyed since then.

My first thought is that Russ is really blurring the line between Abakus and Cinnamon Chasers these days. Previously, Abakus material almost never had his vocals, but Departure introduces that right from the start. And recent CC material is extremely upbeat and club-oriented, much like the Abakus material before that. So I suppose it only makes sense that now Abakus is back to downtempo, maybe just to keep us guessing :) Russ's trademark melodies, punchy percussion and retro basslines are here in full force, just restrained to a lower energy, much like Silent Geometry but without the abrasive dubstep/bass influence. The tracks are, as usual, very well put together, mixed and mastered perfectly, and super chill and relaxing. It's like That Much Closer To The Sun mixed with his more recent, 80's inspired stuff. Not a bad combo by any stretch. It's one of those albums you'll want to listen to from start to finish and just soak it in. Great job Russ and looking forward to the next one.