meHiLove, the esteemed Ukrainian veteran, has contributed to our imprint since 2011, with such classics as "Solace" and his more recent remix of eleven.five & Arielle Maren's "Remember." Known for productions that drip with hurts-so-good sentimentality, meHiLove graces us with a brand new 3-track offering, which comes alive with emotive instrumental textures and vocal elements alike.
The EP kicks off with the lush title cut, "Afterlight." A club-centric, deep-progressive groove creates the foundation, upon which a sensual, after-hours aura is crafted. The percussion and rhythm remain minimal, permitting the atmospheric effects and subtle melodies to control the listener's attention, as they change and evolve with each new compositional turn. More specifically, the synthesized plucks create a driving sense of urgency and are paired perfectly with the more organic tones of the piano and vocals. In the breakdown, a haunting vocal motif is joined by an equally heartrending piano theme, the combination of which proves undeniably poignant. The ensuing drop, which contributes additional synth layers, only reinforces the emotional resonance of the tune.
"Want U" is a truly unique composition: meHiLove has treated his lead chords with a very distinctive tremolo effect, which creates an atmosphere that is both foreboding and harmonious, when combined with lush pads and additional synth layers. In the buildup of the track, subtly shifting synthesizer melodies begin working their way to the fore, as distant, exotic vocal effects and chilled arp lines further fill out the midrange. As the tune reaches its climax in the main breakdown, the ethereal pads produce a sense of limitless potentialities against an infinite horizon.
meHiLove's extraordinary EP concludes with "Eternity," which turns up the energy ever so slightly. Underpinned by a classic deep-progressive groove, the song features a tantalizing vocal motif, as vintage meHiLove pads and synth lines breathe life into the developing arrangement. At the song's midpoint, we are met by an uplifting synth sequence, which playfully works its magic over the low, throbbing bassline. The many sonic nuances create an evocative, hauntingly beautiful soundscape that once again transports the listener to an enchanting, mystical locale.