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Nicolay Ends His 'Analog Dreams' Series With 'A New World' (via SoulBounce)

by +FE on December 15, 2020 at 6:15 AM · Comments

Now that he's given us calm with Lights In The Sky and a reason to move with Never Stand Still, Nicolay is ready to bring it all home. He does that with the release of his final installment in his Analog Dreams EP series, A New World. With each of the previous entries setting a particular mood, A New World has the task of sonically unifying the trilogy. It's a daunting task with two works that sound so much different from one another. However, A New World rises to that occasion.

A New World plays up to the dreamy quality of the trilogy with airy, relaxing vibes that are interesting and inviting. The set doesn't just sit there lounging, though, as it mirrors the laid-back feel of Lights In The Sky and mixes in the urgency of Never Stand Still. The unlikely pairing of sounds results in rich soundscapes that allow your mind to wander in them. This starts from the album's opener, the set's title track, which pairs a bubbly synth bass with atmospheric synths that seems calm at first. Soon, though, the drums pick up and we're transported to a head-nodding groove that bleeds into the next track, "Dream Sequence."

Switching from soothing tranquility to something more suitable to dance to seems to be the theme, as it's evidenced throughout the EP. That, fittingly, comes to an abrupt stop on "Into The Unknown." That particular track features a heavy electronic bass that ricochets between the speakers while a clatter of hi-hats keeps a steady rhythm. Final track "The First Light" then wraps things up with a familiar feeling groove that envelops the listener like a warm hug as it brings us home from our musical journey.

A New World might be the longest of the three EPs, but it feels just as intentional and acts as the perfect close to a much-loved series.

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Nicolay - A New World EP

by +FE on December 14, 2020 at 8:46 AM · Comments

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Nicolay Prompts Us To 'Never Stand Still' On New EP (via SoulBounce)

by +FE on December 1, 2020 at 9:43 AM · Comments

With the release of the second installment of his Analog Dreams series, GRAMMY-nominated producer extraordinaire Nicolay has made it clear, once again, that he did not come to play. The aptly titled EP, Never Stand Still, gives his tribe of faithful followers everything they need to do just that. In just five tracks and 29 minutes, listeners are thrust into an almost trance-like energetic realm, a much-needed departure from the chaos of the current climate.

Described as a dedication to house music heads, we knew we were in for something different from Lights In The Sky, the series' first EP, about halfway through the first track. Just as we settled into the spirited "You Break It, You Buy It," our maestro seamlessly transitions to an equally intricate and intoxicating space before taking off completely on "First In Flight." Fan favorite "Nimbus" is up next with its deep, billowy essence, followed by the gleaming cadence of "Cristalix." The final track "Luna" feels more like an awakening with its vibrancy. Towards its ending, we hear a familiar melody and later find that the track was originally created back in the days of The Foreign Exchange's 2013 Love In Flying Colors album. While Nic shared the details of combining elements from the album interlude with the full-length instrumental, the result polishes off the EP with that signature +FE Music finish that places everything the camp touches a cut above the rest.

Check-in for your cosmic escape and give Nicolay's Never Stand Still EP a spin. Add the project to your collection from your preferred digital platform and purchase the high-resolution format on Bandcamp. Vinyl heads can get ready to pre-order the full Analog Dreams set on vinyl upon the release of the third and final installment, A New World.

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