Quarion Monolith on IV

“So how did “Monolith” come about? Well, believe it or not but the genesis of this track can be traced back 6 years ago (warning: lengthy post coming up): I was upstairs at Berghain / Panorama Bar with my good buddy Baikal, experiencing an insane musical takeover by ├éme, Dixon and the rest of the Innervisions crew (mind you, this was a few years before their infamous “Innervisions ├╝berall” parties). The music was sharp, the vibe was electric and I just was lost in the sound. Once in a while though, Dixon or Kristian would bring this dreamy haze to a halt by dropping a simple yet massive track with a pounding beat that seemed to “ground” everyone in the room. These moments always felt like getting a punch in the gut and I remember looking back at Baikal with a torn face that read “wtf?!!??”…

It then became sort of a tradition to go to PBar every time the IV posse was playing (twice a year) and each and every time, between the dreamy house melodies or the more experimental works, there would come one of these crunching beats that would just lay me (and the rest of the dancers) out flat… so after a while I started fantasizing about producing such a powerful track.

Over the years, I developed this sort of “Ghost Loop” in my head which I tried countless times to concertize but never fully got right… until this summer when after re-opening a track I started back in march 2015 (which already went through probably 8 versions), I decided to strip the groove down to its core elements and add a disturbing monk-like choir… pow, I felt the blow in my stomach… here was this feeling I’ve been trying to translate since 2010! And because this feeling was so associated with the IV parties in PBar, I sent the track to Dixon and Kristian (that part could be a story in itself actually, but all in due time) and they signed it.
About a month ago, I went to listen to Kristian doing the closing set at PBar and he played “Monolith” twice… It felt weird, it felt great, it felt special… it felt exactly when, after years of listening to records, you finally put the needle on your own debut release… loops within loops… and it goes deeper each time…
The quest goes on, thank you all for the support over the years!” Quarion