New York-based musical collective ONDA is releasing their first single on Wave Music and it is quite something. Delicate textures and sweet melodies combine to make a masterfully crafted sound that will move you will its elegant groove. Layers of subtle percussion build an infectiously understated rhythm that will instantly get heads bobbing. As the song progresses, muted synth chords mingle with jazzy guitar and a driving bassline to create a hypnotic backdrop for the other-worldly vocal track that hovers over the music.
On the B-side is a show-stopping dub mix from the legendary Francois K. His signature percussion sounds pop off the track and an ambiance of anticipation begins to form as sparse bits of guitar fade in and out. Melodies creep in subliminally and grow into a luscious texture that swells and pulses, finally backing off to make room for one distant vocal phrase to resonate. This mix is a true gem and yet another stunning mix from Francois.
The final acoustic version really drives home the beauty of this release by presenting a stripped down arrangement that focuses on the underlying song-writing craftsmanship. The rich, tasteful production that underscores this sparse acoustic guitar version is a testament to the versatility and talent of ONDA. This record is a must-have.
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