Review

Yan Solo delivers a moody 3-track late night techno slot of an EP titled Solstice

Say what you will about techno outside of an actual live set – but there are several artists who actually do the genre justice via the streaming waves and Yan Solo happens to be one.

The rising producer earned early support from the likes of Dub Ibiza, Ibiza Sonica, and Kostakis (Get Physical), and his second EP comes delivered on an audial platter by Ambious Records whose burgeoning studio is already pushing their 40th release.

Solstice takes progressive house from a dark and moody angle, and packs it full of texture to explode forth into a fleeting, late night set of an EP. The downfall of any sort of techno offering is always monotony, but Yan Solo fills in all the gaps, and never lets a beat drop longer than a minute – powering through each seven-minute track with even-keeled composition.

Title track and opener “Solstice” kicks things off with a clean-cut beat, while windy synths wrap around. It’s minimal and synth-explorative. “Quick Secs” pushes back hard with a thumping bassline, countered with a flick of a lead-beat as metallic, watery texture eases through – while “Escape The City” wraps things up with a euphoric combination of percussive inflections and guitar lines for an atmospheric finale. If you’re missing the late night quality doef-doef jol, this one’s for you.