Review: Pilarion – Monolith EP


4.5 out of 5 stars

“Monolith” is the debut release from Fingers Crossed Records founder Pilarion, and the Dubai resident makes his introduction in the best way possible. This techno triple-hitter is a dynamic project with dark melodies, vibrant beats and a mysterious aura. “Machinarium” powers up a throbbing bassline under lush layers of sound, the plinking of deep crystalline drips and warm percussion sprinkled liberally throughout keep this one running smoothly. Laid-back and beautifully layered, “Jukly” spreads a big bottom beneath frantic runs that chase each other flirtingly until the embracing breakdown, where the strands finally tie together in a hypnotic dance to the finish. Title cut “Monolith” lives up to its name with rumbling lows and a melodic groove that rises above lessor tracks before the pulsing pinnacle shines enough glamourous light to chase the shadows from the darkest corners of the dance floor. The Monolith EP doesn’t need any flashy gimmicks, but Pilarion delivers on the promise so many other producers never live up to: he gives us quality. His sound isn’t rushed, it isn’t fancy, it’s not overly complex, but it is precise. Everything fits together just-so and nothing’s left to chance.

DJ Elroy

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