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BaracPata Din Mijlocul Naturii

Label:Lick My Deck – LMD020
Vinyl, 12", 33 ⅓ RPM
Style:Breakbeat, Dub, House, Minimal


Logo Side
AAsa E Omul
This Side
B1.Cursul Respiratiei
B2.Sapte Numarul Magic

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adam01's avatar
Edited 4 years ago
One of the more varied releases by this steady artist.

Side A is the usual Barac rolling, looping and slightly mechanical sounding minimal track. A pretty standard blueprint of what this guy does well. A fun track for sure, but not ground breaking

Side B, this is where the magic jumps off. "Cursul Respiratiei" is super groovy, a little deeper then what Barac normally produces, and a little more 4 am to 5am, rather that early evening, or afternoon."Sapte Numarul Magic" is one of Barac's more melodic songs, with really beautiful feelings, a deftly driving kick drum, and wonderful atmospherics. A superb track through and through.

Side B is worth the price of the vinyl alone.
sunshower's avatar
One of the best things Barac ever put out.
Whole EP is superb, sound quality is also top notch.
Perloone's avatar
Barac at his best! Loopy and hypnotic as ever, but not without depth. Really, really strong release.
eddison's avatar
For ten fantastic years UK based label Lick My Deck have been delivering touching and high quality sounds, staying true to themselves by abiding to their quality over quantity ethos. Over the years, they have seen releases from the likes of Thomas Melchior, Ion Ludwig, and Petre Inspirescu back in 2012. To celebrate the momentous milestone, and 20th release of the introspective electronic music label they welcome on board Romanian master of magical rhythms, Barac. ‘Pata Din Mijlocul Naturii’ is a three track EP, inspired and curated around the basis of Barac’s passion and love for natural surroundings and shamanism. This is something that is certainly evident via the sounds you are hearing but also the ever-unique artwork that accompanies each and every release on Lick My Deck.

The whole of the A side is taken up by ‘Asa E Omul’ sitting at 14 minutes long this record is a journey in itself, setting the overall mystical tone perfectly. Driven by infectious breaks grooves, and a sweeping bass line. The extended track is laced with fascinating strings and percussions, something we are familiar with when gifted with the rare opportunity of a release from Nicolae; A must listen.

Kicking off the B side is ‘Cursul Resparatie’ in English this translates to the “course of breathing”. The arrangement and layout is really something special, a stripped back mentality carried through with the sounds of a flute, and just when you are thinking it can’t become any smoother the lick of an Indian tabla drum strikes just before the drop, breathing more life in to the song. To round things off is ‘Sapte, Numarul Magic’ and this doesn’t distance itself from being an actual dream. If you close your eyes and allow the harmonies to take over, something special is bound to happen. A steady drum ticks away, leaving an open invitation for the mysterious pads and piano stabs to take control. So all in all a true exploration of a variety of creative territories.

For us, this is a personal encounter with Barac himself and we find it a more than fitting release to celebrate the years of hard work Lick My Deck put in to their label, all starting with founder Shaun Soomro. Nothing is left behind with so much care going in to every chapter of their story, from track selection, mastering, and as we mentioned before the hand designed artwork created personally every time. Here’s to many more years of Lick My Deck.

by Zac Bidwell for Meoko
eddison's avatar
"I'm able to add a sense of emotion to my music by adding melody lines," Barac told RA last year. "The connection between you and the audience is easier to make when you do this." The Romanian producer has been putting a melodic twist on minimal house since 2014's Variety Of Different Feelings, a deeply personal LP that inspired a wave of artists to swap abstract bleeps for pads and synths. "Asa E Omul," the 14-minute A-side of his latest EP, sounds like it could've been made around the same time. With humming tones and a halftime groove, it recalls album tracks like "Fram, Ursul Polar" and "Marea Neagră." That's no bad thing—they're among modern minimal's best tunes.

There are more introspective sounds on the B-side. "Cursul Respiratiei" has another slouchy rhythm, drawing you in with a stoned flute that snakes through shifting percussion. "Sapte Numarul Magic," tucked away on the B2, is a surprise highlight. It's like William Basinski meets deep house, with the kind of soft modular tones you usually hear on ambient records set against a propulsive stomp. Whichever track you put the needle on, this EP will bring about powerful dance floor moments.

by Matt Unicomb for Resident Advisor