Gregory Esayan's "Numb Capsule" not only proved to be one of the most sonically experimental cuts on last year's "Pilgrim's Diary" artist album, but also one of the most memorable, thanks to the composition's impossibly layered, cinematic soundscape. On this single, label veterans Sam Davies and Blugazer both offer brand new progressive takes on Esayan's unorthodox classic, very much in the distinctive styles that have defined their respective discographies.
Sam Davies has garnered tremendous support from the global trance & progressive community in the past year -- a year that included his very first remix of a Gregory Esayan track ("Ararat"), as well as the standout original single "Northern Lights." For fans that found the latter a bit too deep for their tastes, Davies' gorgeous interpretation of "Numb Capsule" finds the Canadian phenom in more familiar peak-hour progressive territory. A signature deep, full-bodied bassline unites with an uptempo rhythm to give the song plenty of early muscle; meanwhile, the faint "life support" effect and a plethora of other samples from the original version provide tremendous atmospheric depth. Yet, the most noteworthy observation about Davies' remix is that he offers rhythmic and melodic variations at every turn: from the reinvigorated groove to the gorgeous new lead and arp lines.
Blugazer, like Davies and Esayan, is known for intricate and imaginative progressive compositions, though, his productions uniquely possess hues of chillout & downtempo as well. Not surprisingly, then, the American talent's rendering of "Numb Capsule" complement's its release counterpart beautifully, as the arrangement is not only groovy and emotive, but also gentle and soothing. Blugazer's airy and hypnotic arrangement masterfully captures the after-hours and almost "mystical" essence of Gregory's original version. By the song's latter half, the listener cannot help but drift into a sublimely 'numb' state.