Navid Izadi – Once Upon A Time (Incl. Tone Of Arc, Kenneth Scott & Signal Flow Remixes) [Touch Of Class Records, April 21st 2014]

Navid Izadi - Once Upon A Time

Another amazing release by San Fransisco based Navid Izadi with somewhat bohemian, self-destructive lyrics sample. The original Pt1 mix is definetely the best one on this release. Less is more. Also the somewhat slower dreamy mixed-down Signal Flow Pad-a-pella stands out from the crowd.


1. Once Upon A Time Pt.1 feat. Aya (Original Mix)
2. Once Upon A Time Pt.2 feat. Aya (Original Mix)
3. Once Upon A Time feat. Aya (Tone Of Arc’s Late Night Storytelling Mix)
4. Once Upon A Time feat. Aya (Kenneth Scott Remix)
5. Once Upon A Time feat. Aya (Signal Flow Pad-a-pella) [Digital Only]

Brooklyn based imprint Touch Of Class Records will drop its fourth release this April, in the shape of Navid Izadi’s ‘Once Upon A Time’, featuring remixes from Tone Of Arc, Kenneth Scott and Signal Flow.

Navid Izadi should need no introduction, the San Francisco club kid now hotly tipped artist can boast material on reputable imprint such as Wolf + Lamb and Soul Clap Records, we’ve also heard Izadi’s vocal styling’s finding their way onto compositions from Deniz Kurtel, Soul Clap and Pillow Talk of late, which stands as further testament to his music capabilities. It’s no surprise to see Navid snapped up by Touch Of Class Records here, with his hypnotic, psychedelia fuelled electronic sound being the perfect fit to follow material from Tanner Ross, Jonny Cruz, DJ Tennis and Eric Volta.

To kick off the single we have two versions of ‘Once Upon A Time’ from Izadi, ‘Pt.1’ embraces an ethereal and ghostly aesthetic, with Navid employing low-slung rhythms, celestial, mind-bending melodies and intricately manipulated spoken-work vocal lines. Following is ‘Once Upon A Time Pt. 2’, which tips the focus over to organic sounds, with the track being built around wandering double bass licks, an amalgamation of natural percussive elements, processed vocal chops and vacillating expansive atmospherics.

Tone Of Arc returns to the label next following his ‘Sidewalk Soundwave’ cut released on the imprints ‘Indian Summer Vol.1’ compilation, the San Francisco based producer offers up a stunning contrast to the original here, with gritty, evolving saw-wave bass running throughout, while loose drums and stuttering voices drive the groove. Kenneth Scott steps up next on remix duties, again shaking things up a little as he delivers a smooth, acidic workout led by squelching resonant bass, bright stabs and weight analogue drums.

Then to close the release, offered up as a digital extra on the package, we have an intriguing mix from Signal Flow, the ‘Pad-a-pella’ title of the remix hits the nail on the head, as the duo offer up a stunning soundscape driven interpretation for tension building moments.

Navis Izadi’s ‘Once Upon A Time’ is out on Touch Of Class Records 21st April (Beatport) and 5th May (Vinyl + General Release) 2014.

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