01 - Smooth Talker (Short Cut)
02 - Arclight
03 - Smooth Trancer
04 - Taillight
05 - Smooth Light (Promotional Mix)
The EP starts with a Smooth Talker, a track that is difficult pigeonhole: it contains elements of downtempo, breaks, trance and progressive trance. It starts rather floaty, with echoing synth, airy pads and recognizable beat, before picking up some steam when the more common (yet groovy) downtempo/breakbeat rhythm kicks in. The mid-section introduces the trance-like main melody, which grows to dramatic proportions, layer upon layer, during the climax of the track. Overal, this is probably one of the more unique pieces in Bart Nova's discography.
(Note that the version on the EP is an edited short cut, with the full length version (±6:00) set to appear on a future album.)
The second track is Arclight, a smooth house track, with elements reminiscent of deep house, dream house, and progressive house. Two layers of basslines – one trancy, the other a bit deeper – combine with a straight forward dance groove to form the basis of the track, upon which sweeping pads and a dreamy piano riff are layered to create a rather uplifting dance track, while still being modest and laid back.
(Trivia: the demo version of this track was made around 2007, in the same era most tracks from ElectroChrome - The EP were made. This finished version contains a lot of new and updated elements, though.)
The next two tracks are remixes/alternate versions of the previous tracks, both transformed in opposite directions.
Smooth Trancer, being the trance remix of Smooth Talker, ups the tempo of the original, and replaces the breakbeats with a solid 4 to the floor. The arrangement is mostly the same, although the middle part is extended, and the track now has a DJ-friendly intro and outro.
Taillight, being the ambient reprise of Arclight, is perhaps one of the slowest Bart Nova tracks, clocking in at 80 bpm. A gated and filtered version of the pads is present through out the track, with melodic elements of the original and a new ambient beat flowing in and out.
As a bonus – available as the 5th track on the Bandcamp-page, or as a separate free download on Soundcloud – I also made a 17-minute long continuous dj mix containing all 4 tracks from the EP. Due to the different bpm's of the tracks (105, 120, 130 and 80, respectively) it was a bit tricky to pull off, but a bit of tempo automatisation made the transistions quite smooth.
The EP can be downloaded from the Bart Nova Bandcamp-page. You can pay as much – or as little – as you want. If you want to download the release for free, simply enter "0" as price.
Another (relatively) recent Imperium Nova release is a single/ep containing remixes of an essential piece of j-core (japanese hardcore techno): Grimm by RoughSketch featuring vocals by あいかぴん (Aikapin).
The remixes are done by Bart Nova and Alien Kontenaaier, and is appropriately titled Grimm – The Imperium Nova Remixes. Tracks 1 and 2 were originally submissions for the Grimm Remix Contest held in autumn 2013. Also included is a alternative instrumental version of Bart Nova's remix.
01 - Grimm (Bart Nova's Dark Dream Mix)
02 - Grimm (Alien K.'s Acid Overdrive Mix)
03 - Grimm (Bart Nova's Darker Dub)
The original track is a banging hardcore/gabber track, with an elaborate melody and Aikapin's stylish vocals, giving the track a dark fairytale-like atmosphere. The Bart Nova remix still emphasises the mood and melody, but instead takes the track into a different direction, recreating the piece in an ambient/downtempo style. Ghostly pads and a trip-hop inspired beat carry the track, with the main melody being played by a musicbox-like instrument. Combined with a slightly effected version of Aikapin's vocals, this results a dark dreamy chillout track, drenched in atmosphere.
Alien Kontenaaier's remix is a bit less about mood, and focusses more on the power of the original. As usual, Alien K mashes up a variety of sounds, this time blending electro, dubstep, drum and bass, trap, industrial, and – of course, as usual – acid.
The fair portion of the track uses a thick half-time groove, and scattered throughout are acidlines recreating some of the riffs from the original. For the track's climactic parts, the beat switches to a drum and bass-inspired rhythm, upping the intensity even more. A pretty unique piece of rave music.
Bart Nova's Darker Dub is largely the same as the Dark Dream Mix, the main difference being the absence of the vocals. Some parts also use a slighty different arrangement: in particular the ending, which is a bit more DJ friendly.
The EP can be downloaded for FREE (or pay what you want) from the Imperium Nova Bandcamp-page. Lots of other releases can also be found there, feel free to check them out as well!
As always, if you're looking for someone to remix your tracks, or if you want to remix one of our tracks, or want to collaborate, feel free to contact us!
Send me message via Last.fm if you're interested, and check out the Imperium Nova Facebook-page for updates on our activities.