Midnight moves. That’s what comes to mind when you listen to Cale Parks's “N1,” preferably at an hour long after dusk has settled around you in some beautiful, insomniac city. Parks finds – or more aptly, seeks – beauty and grace in ambience and shadows. “N1” starts as pure atmosphere – it feels at first like a sort of lovely sonic nothingness slowly taking form – before growing into the darkly lit, gorgeous moodscape it later becomes. A sensual bassline, a pulsing downbeat, a cinematic piano, strains of Italo disco, and the sensation of breezing down a lightless road. If you could make sensuous shapes of the night – imagine kneading the dark itself – it might, at the very best, feel like this.
The task of remixing Parks's original is taken up by French duo Paradis, who can otherwise be heard making music on Tim Sweeney's Beats in Space label. The Paris-based producers shine a brightening light on Parks's dusky creation, quickening its pulse and trading in its darkwave undercurrents for enlivening techno and house. There’s an element of floating here – a dreaminess in the rhythms, an astral aspect to the keys beaming through the beats. And with the addition of vocals, sung in French – a pop finishing touch on a song that already feels like an earworm – the transformation is complete.
This excellent introduction to Cale Parks’s music is also his debut release on the HAKT label.
Published: 20th June 2013