Straight out of Romania, Mihai Popoviciu has established him self as a producer and DJ of high repute in the past few years. His releases on labels such as Highgrade, Fear of Flying and Hudd Traxx have raised the bar pretty high when it comes to his own distinctive take of the tech-house sound du jour, but it’s this latest outing on Poker Flat Recordings where sparks really start to fly.
The four tracks on the Here EP share a similar aesthetic and sound design, yet each is as essential as the other.
'Call Me' rides a dark and low slung groove, eventually unleashing a soulful, neo-prince vocal refrain amid the spacey, atmospheric synths.
Title track 'Here' follows a similar dynamic, but with a more straight up focus – a fat, rolling house bomb for the floor.
'Low' takes things a notch deeper, and a shade darker, showcasing Mihai’s passion for Detroit and the techier end of the spectrum.
'Curbat' rounds off the release, maintaining a course for the funky sound Mihai is fast becoming a leading proponent of.