Seattle's esteemed Viva Recordings imprint bounces back with an impressive two-tracker from Orlando's deep house ambassador, Atnarko. With releases on a wide spread of labels like Noir, Kolour, Robsoul, and Lazy Days Music, Atnarko has finally sealed his long friendship with the team at Viva through this first of possibly many collaborations. Both tracks on this double A-side release exhibit the dreamy, mid-tempo, bass-laden deep house that Atnarko is well known for. "Before Sleep" launches the single with an insistent bass line, enigmatic spoken vocal snippets, and groovy handclap fills. A mesmerizing bell-like motif draws the listener further inward, but it inspires quite the opposite of sleep; there will be continued late night action on the dance floor. Flip the digital dial for "This Feeling", which opens with a pensive synthesizer line as the steady four-on-the-floor kicks in. Gentle, gated vocal pads deliver a wistful hook, and the cut builds with a slightly ominous drive. This is sophisticated house music, primed for the after hours … or any waking moment.
Giom (Supremus Records) - "Yes! I love 'Before Sleep'."
Randall Jones (Audio Therapy / Baroque) - "Both of these tracks are super hot. Gonna play these out in my sets."
Anthony Pappa - "Cool single. 'Before Sleep' is the track for me here."
Phonogenic (Moodmusic / Turbo) - "'Before Sleep' is low slung and just the right kind of funky. I dig it."
Chris Fortier (Fade) - "Right on!"
Pete Moss - "Amazing release from Atnarko. 'Before Sleep' is just plain ridiculous."
Dave Storm (Cabrio Records) - "'This Feeling' has a nice and easy touch. Will support."
Luna City Express (Moon Harbour) - "'Before Sleep' is great … we'll definitely play it!"
Tini Tun (We Are Here Music) - "Cool release!"
Ivan Garci (Vlosfer Records / Deepwit) - "Nice sounds. 'Before Sleep' is a great track."
Inland Knights - "Liking both cuts … a solid release."
Scheibosan (Shanti Roots / Kraak Records) - "'Before Sleep' is a deep head-nodder … I'll play that one."
Eric Davenport (Guesthouse) - "'This Feeling' … funk, chunky, trippy stuff!"
Tyler Stadius (Deepsite / Dialtone Records) - "'Before Sleep' for me. Right skanky and addictive."
Hober Mallow (Mighty Reel Radio Show) - "Love the washy synth on 'This Feeling'. A very nice pair of tunes."
Jon Manley (hOUSEwORX Radio Show) - " Atnarko always hits the mark and this two tracker is no exception."