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Gramatik Brings New Sounds to Old Favorites in Re:Coil Deluxe

by Eric Valencia

Combining his acclaimed “RE:Coil Part 1” and “RE:Coil Part 2″ albums, Gramatik also brings four new instrumental tracks into “RE:Coil Deluxe“: “Aymo“, “Recovery“, “Don’t Give Up“, and “Requiem For Peace”. Even though these instrumental songs are from previously released EPs, the lack of lyrics allows for a fresh perspective on loved tracks.

First on the list is “Aymo“, which fuses Hip-Hop lyrics laid over Middle-Eastern progressions. The oud (an Arabic lute-style instrument) creates a catchy hook and when mixed with the trumpeting of Balkan Bump, this creates an instrumental track that is able to stand up well without words. The only issue I had was that some pauses were a bit too extended, to the point that I thought the song was over until it faded back in. These gaps are a result of the original lyrics filling the silence, but with them now removed it creates a bit of empty space.

If you are looking for something that has a bit more jazzy, lounge-style vibe then “Recovery” is for you. The way Eric Kranso makes his guitar cry is mesmerizing. Even though the solo is the same in both, there is something missing as a whole in the track with it being wordless. The refrain “I’m in recovery,” while simple, will have you singing along from the first time it’s spoken. I feel it almost an injustice to remove it.

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Filled with rhythmic energy, this metronomic beat makes it almost impossible for you not to move along. While the instrumental version of “Don’t Give Up” gives up the vibe of ProbCause, the heart of the song is still retained. You are filled with a desire to get up and get moving. Even if you lose the soulful voice of Ryan Shaw, his instrumentals are still left fully intact.

Waka Flocka Flame brings his distinct style to “Requiem For Peace“, but there is something so clean and carefree with this track when he is removed. With the sometimes frantic piano playing of Anomalie that lends itself to a smooth backbeat, it’s a tune that just fills a room. For this reason, this is possibly my favorite of the new tracks released. If you can only listen to one of these songs, not sure why that would ever happen, but if it did, this would be the one.

If you haven’t heard the rest of what’s within Deluxe, which have been all released in the last three years, you should definitely give them a try. The uplifting beats, with some big-band style tossed in for good measure, is just what the world needs at this moment. So sit back, relax, and enjoy everything that is “RE:Coil Deluxe”. If you are lucky, you may even be able to catch Gramatik at an upcoming festival.

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