MUNIR - CIRCUIT LINE 12" (DARKER THAN WAX)
No stranger to the label, Munir (AKA Midnight Runners) is one of Southeast Asia's most unique talents. A deep record collector, he has put his hometown of Bandung, Indonesia on the map with a relentless output of self-released edits drawing on Indonesian funk, Chinese pop, and Middle Eastern psych as source material over the last several years. Equally skilled as a producer, Munir's signature boogie-funk sounds have graced labels such as Neon Finger, Shaken Palms, and No Bad Days. Darker Than Wax unleash Munir's sounds on the label once again, with a strong sonic step forward from the artist and perhaps his most polished work yet: Circuit Line EP. Blending his 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 EP represents a turning point for Munir's sonic evolution.