Australia’s Balance label is thrilled to welcome back Spain’s exceptionally talented producer, Henry Saiz for their latest mix installment, ‘Balance presents Natura Sonoris’ with a set of exclusive tracks from his award-winning label. At 140 minutes, the mix features upcoming releases, new productions and specially commissioned tracks from his label alongside some of Saiz’s favorite past productions that have been re-worked. Seamlessly blending vinyl, cassettes, reel to reel tapes and over 100 field recordings, Saiz has created an incredible patchwork of beautiful sounds.
Opening with his track “Lone Wolf” Saiz invokes the ghosts of ‘80s electro-pop group Depeche Mode with the track’s tortured vocals and dramatic mood. Muted chimes abound on Hal Incandeza’s “Contacto,” providing the perfect segue way into the hypnotic marimba arpeggios of Bufi’s “Bird Song.” Things take a global twist with the African and Latin rhythms and melodies of RIP BESTIA and Landikhan and deeper turns via “A Friend Of Marcus” and Saiz’s shimmering remix of Damabiah. Joep Mencke’s “Sonder” picks up the energy with its driving beats and strong melodies, before a double helping of the masterful Brassica gives the mix a more intense, direct edge and healthy dose of breaks and acid.
The mix takes on a more chugging, energetic feel with Marc Marzenit’s “The Walrus” and the detuned 8-bit melody madness of Victoria Rodriguez’s “Moon On A Bright Day,” followed by an ascent into euphoric melody with Brian Cid’s “Luminous Black” and Saiz & Tentacle’s synth-tastic “The Prophetess.” The vocals of Saiz’s “The Light” get a gorgeous, piano heavy update courtesy of bRUNA, providing a standout moment in the mix before the stark contrast of Saiz’s remix of Sistema’s “Entreé” – a near-beatless interlude that again recalls those ‘80s greats in its emotive melodies.
The final third of the mix is comprised largely of Saiz’s own productions including the glistening chimes of his Petar Dundov collaboration “No Name” and the warped hooks of his remix of NVBSL’s “Woodhouse.” It’s then punctuated by a brooding, sprawling epic from Voltaeric, with the intense sound design and deep atmospheres of “Sandman,” and closes with another mesmerizing trio of Saiz productions that culminates in the epic chug of “Spiricom” (“See You Soon”). Throughout Saiz peppers the mix with samples from his own production, layered subtly with other tracks to great effect. Twisting and turning at just the right times, Saiz ensures of a captivating listen that captures a range of moods.