Imba (2) ‎– First Encounter

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1 Imba (2) Imbaba & 303 Trancers
Written-By, Producer – Nikola Petrović
8:41
2 Imba (2) Hidden Paradise
Written-By, Producer – Nikola Petrović
10:09
3 Imba (2) Cosmos In Her Eyes
Written-By, Producer – Nikola Petrović
8:09
4 Imba (2) First Encounter
Written-By, Producer – Nikola Petrović
8:08
5 Imba (2) Blacklight Beings
Written-By, Producer – Nikola Petrović
8:38
6 Imba (2) Creature Of Heaven
Written-By, Producer – Nikola Petrović
8:18
7 Imba (2) & Ephedra (2) Digital Non-Sense
Producer – Nikola PetrovićWritten-By – Alexandre Cohen, Nikola Petrović
10:41
8 Lydia DeLay After All (Imba Remix)
Remix – Imba (2), Nikola PetrovićWritten-By, Producer – Lidia Pivarski
7:14
9 Imba (2) Rising Sun
Written-By, Producer – Nikola Petrović
9:30

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℗&© Suntrip Records 2016

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  • Barcode: 5 060376 222555 >
  • Matrix / Runout: 777.290 SUNCD44 #1 manufactured by kdg
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI L173
  • Mould SID Code: IFPI 3050

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antic

December 28, 2016

I planned to start this by saying that I'm disappointed with the release, but actually that's not entirely correct...

To be completely honest I knew this will be underwhelming (definitely the weakest Suntrip Rec. release in 2016 even if I wasn't very keen on Ra's "Earthcall") and played back to back with recent albums of Artha, Crossing Mind, Mindsphere, Ephedra or - to take something non Goa-Trance - Nervasystem; it's clear Imba's only learning the ropes and while he's got the technical side covered, his music writing skills need to catch up. 1st thing to note here is the bass lines - he stubbornly insists on the 'galloping' bass which is present for like 90% of the time, not helped by playing it on too high a note (or by adding a hi-frequency components), which results in it sounding like a lot of (morning) full-on music used to sound few years ago: very static, monotonous, boring. There were several times after a break or bridge when I hoped something great and unusual would happen, only to be assaulted by that annoying K_BBK_BBK_BBK_BB pattern... 2nd thing are the acid lines - they're largely fine, there's plenty of them (which is great!) and they're very clear homage to classic psychedelic trance of 90's, but somehow they fail to deliver on the energy - I don't know if it's the issue with mixing or the way Imba designs his sounds, but acids work best when - within their full range for cutoff & resonance - they contain both the low growls as well as highly resonant twirls. I couldn't really hear it here, it's all sort of in a very narrow, controlled frequency range, with the most sonically "exciting" parts left out below and above that range. 3rd thing - tied to 1st, somewhat - is that musically the album is very constrained, with melodic variations firmly rooted to the monotonous basslines and limited to short 16-32 note (4-8 kicks) loops. It gets better in 2nd part of the album, in particular in tracks #5-7 but it never even touches the storytelling qualities or emotional impact of above mentioned artists. Some of the Astral Projection-like bell" melodies in early tracks are particularly annoying, slowing the otherwise dynamic tracks to a crawl...

As said, I wasn't surprised because after reading some forum comments from Imba it's pretty clear that - at this point of his development, at least - he's focused on the technique, on making the dancefloor "rock" and this he's got spot on! I only hope that in few years we'll see him develop further beyond the craftsmanship and into the realm of artistry. He has the skills, he has the ideas, he has the experience - what he misses (IMO, of course) is some music theory, some craziness in his arrangements; maybe he should try writing some other non-trance stuff?

3/5 from me - it will surely work a treat on the dancefloor, but does little to satisfy couch listeners :)

BTW, I love the cover art here!