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Studio Refractivo 2022
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(A1) Eduardo de la Calle feat. Romina Cohn – I’m Losing My Mind
(A2) Fabe – Call Of Origin
(B1) Adana Twins – Origo
(B2) Juan Sanchez – Narcissus
(C1) Michael Klein – Continuation
(C2) Rico Puestel – Perpetua mobilia
(D1) Radu Dracul – Spectrae
(D2) Joe Metzenmacher, Borka & The Gang – Magic Talk

January is the month for dreaming, or so the saying goes and there’s more than enough on 2020’s
Dots and Pearls 6 to satisfy the wildest flights of fantasy, as Cocoon Recordings invites well known
international artists to once again rub shoulders with some of the freshest new talents around.
First up, Eduardo de la Calle & Romina Cohn’s “I’m Losing My Mind“ does a decent job helping us
lose ours. Taking the classic DBX template as a start point, Cohn‘s random, spaced out musings
elevate things to another level as they filter through all manner of machinery, bathing the hypnotic
percussion in a lysergic glow. Fabe’s “Call of Origin“ pulls no punches either, the energetic, bass
driven intro bouncing its way centre stage before expanding into lush open spaces with occasional
melodic scatters and washes of warm pads that radiate good vibes.
Over the last couple of years, Adana Twins have rightly consolidated there position at the top table, so it’s a pleasure to have them on board with “Origo“. Like snake charmers relentlessly teasing and twisting the infectious hook line in all manner of directions, they demonstrate complete control of their art, pushing all the right buttons to bring things nicely to the boil. As with all Cocoon compilations the deeper you dive, the stranger the vibe and Juan Sanchez delivers a dose of trance-inducing, minimal
techno. Abiding by the same dogma as the track before, “Narcissus“ offsets a constantly morphing
hypnotic hook line with raw, stripped 909 beats in a classic mid 90‘s style.
Michael Klein’s “Continuation“ maintains the intensity as Cocoon’s Techno Tardis transports the
listener even further back to a sweaty early nineties warehouse. It could be London, it could be
Berlin… wherever it is, it sure sounds like home. Rico Puestel then snuffs out the candle, plunging us
back into darkness. With “Perpetua Mobilia“ he unleashes a deep, prowling beast of a track that reminds us that just when you think you‘ve got a handle on Cocoon, it sheds its skin again, revealing
yet another mask behind the mask.
As we motor on towards morning, Radu Dracul adds some bite to proceedings with “Spectrae“, a slow
burning psychedelic trip with gently percolating acid lines that smooth out the rough textures of the
preceding tracks before giving way to a cavernous breakbeat inflected breakdown. And then finally,
Joe Metzenmacher and Borka & The Gang close out the collection, paying homage to the melodic side of Detroit with the quirky, idiosyncratic yet ultimately beautiful “Magic Talk“. It surrounds the
dance floor in a warm embrace as keys, strings and bass combine effortlessly to produce a priceless
moment of collective euphoria that sees us safely home.