Keep your ear to the ground for more from Kasablanca, an anonymous production supergroup whose debut “Hold Me Close” just dropped on Armada’s Electronic Elements imprint. Already supported by Above & Beyond on Group Therapy and Armin Van Buuren on ASOT, this audio-visual effort is defined by its dark trance aesthetics and richly textured progressions. This is a no frills afterhours cut that walks a fine line between its deep underpinnings and grinding synth sections, splitting the difference between a heavy-handed industrial soundscape and measured melodies. The first of four releases on the project’s debut EP dubbed “Human Learning,” Kasablanca’s stunning first output is a sign of great things to come and with support from some of the biggest names in the business and some exciting collabs on the way, you’ll be hearing Kasablanca’s name and their productions throughout 2020.
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