Apashe lines one up for the home team as he drops his largest release on Kannibalen Records yet. A conceptual project that combines his usual love of hip-hop-infused bass with the orchestral influences of Mozart, the aptly titled Requiem project brings on the dancefloor heat while also smashing it on the production tip—from recording live instruments in cavernous churches to controlling the mixing and mastering of the EP with his untouchable ear. Expect to hear plenty of the three tracks being dropped alongside label mates Black Tiger Sex Machine as they embark on their otherworldly Ceremony Tour.
While all the cuts are sure to blow that dome, head straight to “Lacrimosa” for a glimpse of the epic vibes Apashe is working with. He eases us into things with an urgent, string-driven intro that channels the cinematic flavor at the core. But once the percussion comes rolling in and Apashe drops us into the groove proper, expect a wild, revelatory ride that alternates between the soul-cleansing top end and straight face-melting bassline that hints at the demonic undertones.
“‘Lacrimosa’ is particularly special to me because of its complex nature,” Apashe shares with Insomniac. “The mix of angelic cries and hellish bass sounds makes for contrasting emotions that culminate into one epic feeling. The original means ‘crying’ in Latin [and] expresses a story of a man to be judged before God. I wanted to embody that story in my own unique way with this one.”
Don’t just take our word for it; say your prayers and consider yourself warned. This cinematic-fueled beast is a steamroller of the highest order.
Available February 23 via Kannibalen Records.
Buy Apashe’s Requiem EP here.