The icy throes of February melt momentarily to usher in LTN's first 2018 release, "Black Hole," which showcases the same emotional depth conveyed in his previous release, "As Tears Go By." Through his deft production, LTN consistently sends us on journeys that probe the depths of our mind and soul. On this release, the Indonesian sensation teams up with versatile veteran Stendahl and inimitable singer-songwriter Arielle Maren to form a unique trifecta of vocal progressive bliss.
"Black Hole" begins with thin percussive hits that steadily climb toward outer space and quickly launch us into orbit. The gorgeous vocals of Arielle Maren, which soon follow, carry with them the somber tones of forgotten connection. Followed by Stendahl's polished piano keys, we're lulled toward the halfway point, a nebula of spacey bass rhythm. The culmination of ethereal vocals, piano, and aural soundscapes form an emotional gravity that pulls on both mind and body, until Maren's final vocal hook eases us back to the ground.
Latvian duo Blood Groove & Kikis return to the spotlight, offering an upbeat, if not euphoric approach. They transform the original introspective space journey into an energetic indulgence. Gushing snares and a thudding bass form the foundation upon which multiple layers stack. A bold analog synth pad gradually morphs into trance keys as the song reaches the quarter point. We've now fallen headfirst into the infectious composition, punctuated by Arielle Maren's brief vocal interlude. Stunning textures offer a lush backdrop for the lively beat that eventually deconstructs in the closing minutes of the arrangement.
The exceedingly promising Australian progressive house talent Elypsis contributes an atmospheric and poignant rendering. His iteration unfolds like the intricate latticework of a crystal, backed by the icy inclinations of Maren's vocal cuts. A steady, resonant bass hums throughout, nudging even the most stolid listener into movement. Beautiful melodic accents fall with the delicacy of snowflakes, and melt away amongst the rhythmic elements. The emotive piano themes carry the listener to the song's final moments, where we're left with remnants of the song's chill contemplations.