Listen to Morning Moves debut, “Circulate”
In a society obsessed with instant gratification, one often forgets to be patient. We like our coffee instant, our work rushed, and our music as momentary and accessible as possible. Morning Moves’ debut, “Circulate” is comparable to a minimalist painting; every harmonic colour created by the artist is necessary, and it’s beauty lies in its simplicity. However it can only be enjoyed fully by patiently observing the artist’s technical and progressive mastery of the piece.
The track unfolds as the producer provides the listener with a cooling rhythmic melody over a seemingly empty sonic canvas, which sets itself out as the foundation for the track. Airy synths phase in and out as the many layers of the track begins to fold open. A meteoric string-harmonic creates space for the warming bass and reverberated guitar drones of the track, as the reintroduction of the rhythm and twinged sound effects come into play – it’s something wonderfully soothing and energizing.
“I came up with that name because I think morning moves should be slow and relaxing actions for most people” says Cape Town producer Morning Moves (real name Mickael Michaelides). “It’s basically conceptualized from fragile and delicate melodic sounds focused on the minimal side of music.”
Channeling ambient electronic music and minimal techno into his work, Morning Moves offers something unique. Techno relies on structure, however Michaelides use of mirage-like ambient textures transports the listener far out of the club and into a respective emotive interpretation. His influences include Daniel Avery, Floating Points, Nicholas Jaar, DJ Koze and Max Graef – and it’s easy to see how these producers have played an integral part on how Morning Moves sculpted his fresh electronic aesthetic.
Recently, Cape Town has undergone something of a ‘techno-rebirth’. With club nights in venues like Era and in warehouses along the coastal city –it’s only natural for the scene to have its by-products. Circulate sounds like what a stretch feels like, a refreshing refrain on the importance of what it is to be awake – because in music, it’s far too easy to miss something.
Morning Moves will be focusing on releasing a few more singles after Circulate, so be sure to like Morning Moves on Facebook and follow him on Soundcloud to stay up to date with this promising producer.
Along with Daniel Lidchi, Michaelides is one half of “Sea-Disco” outfit, GOLDO. You can hear mixes on their Soundcloud here.
Words by Adrian Martens