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REVIEW: Gacha Bakradze - Restless EP (Original & Earth Trax Mixes) on Anjunadeep

Much like the colourful cobbled streets and lush rolling hills of his hometown of Tbilisi, Georgian-native Gacha Bakradze’s music is characteristically rich, distinct, and seductive. With his previous releases on the iconic Apollo Records praised by Pitchfork and Resident Advisor, Gacha is a stalwart of the Georgian electronic scene. Previously featured on ‘Anjunadeep Explorations 02’ in 2016, Gacha now returns with his upcoming EP - ‘Restless’.

Gacha Bakradze
From his nuanced command of subtle arpeggio plucks, to his careful construction of sensuous atmospheres, ‘Restless’ epitomises Gacha’s in-depth musical knowledge and production skills.

Title track ‘Restless’ is a journey through syncopated sixteenths and reverberated jungle sounds, where bongos echo off a grooving sub bass. ‘Image’ is lustrous and bright, accentuating a well-rounded bassline alongside celestial plucks. The Earth Trax remixes introduce a lo-fi aesthetic, taking it back to the old school with wide sampled breaks and 303 synthlines.

The final track, ‘Contactless’, is a Balearic ballad, its meloduious arpeggios and dark drones reminiscent of retro 80’s soundtracks, deep dreams, and early-morning walks home. ‘Restless’ is released on both digital and vinyl, Friday, 29th June. 

Dimitri Kechagias review:
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 [item value="10"]You can’t get this memorable track out of your head[/item]
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 [item value="10"]Gacha Bakradze - Restless EP (Original & Earth Trax Mixes)[/item]
 [content title="Summary" label="Overall Score"]Anjunadeep brings to a wider audience more amazing talents like Gacha Bakradze with an excellent EP of rich soulful & mindful sounds that will please your ears for sure. Restless is a slowly evolving and highly involving production with deep haunting basslines, tribal grooves and great percussion along with harps, bells like melodies and heartwarming synths. The result is truly spacious and mind-arresting. Image is smooth deep house track with lazy playful grooves, tribal drums and acid infused bassline along with calming soothing airy synths. Contactless moves on the same electronica deep house territory with sea waves like grooves, superb melodies with sexy tantalising effect that will raise the hair from your intimate parts of your body. Earth Trax remix starts with cool intro of nice grooves and slowly builds with tougher upfront bouncy bass and drums to form an excellent mixture of pleasing tapestry of warm and tender sounds. For the ultimate chilling moments you can find the majestic Ambient version too. #PureGold Love IT [/content]

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