Georgia in Central Europe, the home of the highest mountain range in Europe (the Caucasus), the birthplace of Joseph Stalin and one of the key ports along the ancient Silk Road route. A country known for producing flute-heavy, synth bossa nova, though? Perhaps not. Yet, Georgian producer Mindstreaming is set to change such narrow-minded preconceptions with the release of his latest Conflict 1 EP, released on Tbilisi’s Vodkast Records.
A delightfully languorous four-track collection, Conflict 1 holds ground on the right side of the low bpm spectrum: less muzak and more music, poolside. A-Side Rhodes cut ‘Screen Memory’ is given the remix treatment by Co-Op co-founder Phil Asher, teaming up with soul vinyl crate-digger Mighty Zaf of Love Vinyl. Asher and Zaf speed up the original significantly, placing an Afro-Latin beat beneath the soft chords before a gentle breeze of synths waft into the infectious melody. The edit opens up the track for the dance floor over its nine-minute runtime, making for the perfect breather in an evening set or, equally, a headphone jam in itself.