Blending Munir‘s (AKA Midnight Runners) signature Boogie sound with Italo-Disco influences, the record brings forth four stylishly crafted modern dancefloor cuts. ‘Circuit Line’ is built on a foundation of reverence to the arpeggiator, driven by neon synth tones racing each other to the finish line. This racing theme defines the record throughout, painting images of classic 80s racing games on standout tracks ‘Finish Line’ and ‘Race Car’. ‘Interlinked’ takes on a more subdued approach, building in intensity and weirdness with each synth line layered on. Showcasing Munir’s prowess with percussion, ‘Pit Stop’ is a feverish club workout rounding out the record as a complete package for the discerning DJ’s arsenal. Crafted in his Bandung studio with love for classic hardware and respect for its musical influences, ‘Circuit Line’ represents a turning point for Munir’s sonic evolution.
Pure fun, like changing gears in a 16 bit mega-drive race and watching the needle on the speedometer rise. ‘Race Car‘, ‘Finish Line‘ and ‘Interlinked‘ are Synth monsters with funky programmed drums guiding you on your way through the levels of an imaginary arcade game. The use of vocals on two of the tracks is a great touch, transporting you from the pixel filled universe to a warm summer Miami night behind the wheel of a sleek Ferrari Daytona, speeding through the city, as a cool breeze blows through your impressive mullet. The more I felt transported to this 80s vice world, the more the track ‘Pit stop‘ fitted right in. It’s reminiscent of something that would be have been used in a gritty TV cop series during a chase scene through a busy street carnival. Drums playing feverishly and unrelenting as an undercover officer pushes through the crowds, on the tail of his latest suspect. As you can tell, I really enjoyed the EP, it’s a real 80’s trip with a style that never gets old, Synth wave rules and this was a blast.
1 Race Car
2 Pit Stop
3 Finish Line
Available now at Circuit Line EP | Munir | Darker Than Wax (bandcamp.com)