Artist: Habersham & Jacob Todd
Title: Nevermore
Label: Babylon Records
By: Jason Calvert | 14 July 2005
  • A: Original Mix
  • B: Kosmas Epsilon Mix

Habersham & Jacob Todd "Nevermore"

Out Now on Babylon Records

Iranian Damon Fonooni, better known as Habersham to most, teams up with New York's Jacob Todd for the trippy monster that is "Nevermore". This is the third track to be released on the fairly young label Babylon Records, who seem to have a taste for quality progressive.

The Original Mix sets up a dark breakbeat and introduces some haunting effects and an extremely subtle melody in the background. Almost muted vocal snippets float and weave their way throughout the melody, which sits on top of a bassline which tends to slither right into your head. It's overall subtlety would not appeal to everyone, but I find this tends to set it apart from a lot of current progressive tracks out there. This would be a perfect track to drop in the early hours of the morning.

From the beginning of the Kosmas Epsilon Mix we hear his trademark sounds being layered. His 4/4 interpretation is a far stretch from the original, bringing in many of his traditional sounds and assembling them in a tightly structured manner around eachother. The vocals make less of an appearance in this mix, and overall the haunting feel which made the original so strong has been ripped out altogether. With a more driving feel than the Original, this mix would appeal to those who like their progressive more uptempo and bright. For me, the Original held much more appeal.

While Kosmas Epsilon's Mix was a slight let down, the vinyl is worth purchasing for the Original Mix alone. Habersham & Jacob Todd have both done amazing work solo, and their collaboration seems to being together elements which give them a very unique sound, which is vital for success in the progressive scene. For those after an outstanding peak time mix, the Chris Lake Mix is an absolute killer, available exclusively from BeatPort, so keep a look out for that one.

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