Playedby’s saga of debut LPs continues with Mihigh. The series of albums highlighted so far the creative output of Lizz, G76, Cosmjn and Suciu, each of them releasing on vinyl a discographic milestone.
Mihigh’s first LP will be released this spring on Playedby, sheding light on the mercurial style and obstinate approach of the producer’s work. ARCHIELONG LP album consists of 8 intensely rolled tracks dating between 2012-2020. The release unfolds on 4 discs of 180gr, with gatefold covers, coated in Sani Stranski’s artwork.
Everything started from an interview he did together with Club Guesthouse in 2019:
Club Guesthouse: What should we expect next from you in terms of releases? I’d love to hear an album coming from your side.
Mihigh: I’m also thinking about an album. The whole idea was to put together 6 tracks that are not necessarily recent, but they all add up as my favorite ones throughout the years and never got released. They all sound different because a different timeframe means distinct set-ups, but they definitely feel like pieces of me. I would also love to record more on the current set-up that doesn’t involve any computer, I’m quite content with the outcome but I think I could take more out of it. I have a modular that I feel I could understand and operate better than I do at the moment.
Said and done. Throughout ARCHIELONG LP, we are absorbed by what typically characterizes his narrative: a peculiar style of story in constant development. Structure and flow are a hallmark feature of his selections, adding one more trippy, eerie minimal style on top of the other, creating a rich and quirky haunted sphere
A – The opening track, I HEAR VOICES THROUGH THE PIPE sets the scene for what’s to come, stirring the imagination with its dreamy, cinematic, organic sounds in disguise. The track provides a guidebook to distilling story, emotion and image into sonic form.
B – EXCESS ALL AREAS – hypnotizes the dancers with endless, reverberating grooves and a punchy 4/4 beat, introducing the audience to his gloomy world of emotions.
C – LA MANIA – lights up some dark pitched atmosphere around you and makes you feel like you are on the mythical La Mania club dancefloor in complete harmony, surrounded by strange and beautiful trippers. The song is like a painting, with frames that evoke flashbacks.
D – NEW LIFE – is a perfect minimalist setup of a percussion loop, throbbing chords and a sinewy walking bass, and it’s almost intimidatingly heady. Its militant kick and incessant hi-hats propel the beat – definitely a dancefloor highlight.
E – MELODROM – percolates with Latin percussion and shuffling snares, which commingle with an array of voices and whispers that come from every corner of the song. From toolish to melodic, it’s the diversity that creates the magic.
F – SING AND RUN – is one of those tracks that gives you nostalgia and reminds us of early mornings at the end of the party when the sun would be coming in through the windows and the dancefloor was in total harmony. Could easily cast a spell with the right audience.
G –RUMBLING DREAM – is a ritualistic-sounding slice, crossing towards the kind of slow-burning, atmospheric cuts that doubtless inspire his intricate studio productions. The vocals are unusually illustrative and make a lasting impression.
H – KLAUS DID IT – is an intriguing interplay between dark functionality and high velocity grooves — the type of deep, trippy, IDM-tipped tunes. Its warped tones are forming dank, lurching rhythms that trap you like a spiderweb, venturing into a bizarre, rewarding territory.
The conclusion? You can spend a decade honing a very particular personal vision and not run short of inspiration. Mihigh is a world-builder: everything he does is about further extending and reinforcing that world.
ARCHIELONG LP is capturing the beauty at the intersection of experiment and perpetual learning.
Words by Bianca Iulia