Premiere: A2: QNQN – Special Return [QNQN3832]

Anonymity continues to create mystery in the world of minimal. With it comes the opportunity to forget about your favourite artists, ditch the unconscious bias and focus directly on the sounds of the music. QNQN are consistent supporters of celebrating the unknown artist. Usually restricted to a couple of releases each year, the focus is on quality over quantity. This is apparent from their back catalogue which continues to feature in our pages. Check out the previous premiere of ‘Lights’ here.

The latest episode in the series delivers three deep, groovy house cuts, from which we have taken ‘Special Return’ for the premiere. Perhaps the quirkiest of the bunch, the elements of this one slot together like an unusual jigsaw. The rhythm is tight and cut back, oscillating in short succession whilst other pieces of the puzzle interject. It’s not your typical formation. Like building blocks against the grain, it catches you off guard for a moment, before you slip back into the comfort of its warming undertones.

Breezy synths breathe delicately over the relaxing groove, while intricate whistles spring in little bits of life. The vocal that follows is the main instrument here however, speaking calmly and directly to the listener. It makes for pleasant warm-up material, or maybe the soundtrack to a lazy Sunday afternoon.

Its counterpart on A1, ‘Omul Forever’ has a bit more oomph. It gives an energetic groove directed for the dancefloor, littered with quirky, cranking samples. ‘Smooch Tha Dog’ over on the B side breathes funky house and disco vocal over a gritty beat, a clever combination of flavours.

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