Founded by Canadian producer Hobo, Soundz is a label that prides itself on serving as a platform for little known artists and “secret alter egos.” On their talent roster is resident man of mystery, Hidden Resort, who first surfaced a year ago with two obscure bass-heavy drivers simply titled “8” and “9,” as well as a remix to “The Willhelm Scream” by James Blake.
Just released via Soundz, Pathways is the obscure artist’s debut EP. It features three original dance floor oriented jewels suffused with flawless synth work and steady, driving basslines. The EP’s title track was first debuted by label boss Hobo during a set in Argentina, and it set off a massive buzz on social media as listeners struggled to find out more about the obscure artist behind it.
“Pathways has been a really integral part of my DJ sets for months now. It took a while to get the whole release together, and during the process it drew a couple signing offers from respected labels, so I’m very proud to be able to have it coming out on Soundz,” said Hidden Resort.
Also on the EP is “Breather,” which takes the listener on a melancholy journey of beautiful arpeggios and rumbling bass. Succeeding it is the sultry, gently-rising gem “Crusade,” and a subsequent remix by Hobo that puts the emphasis on the percussion. Artist JPLS’s rendition of “Breather” wraps up the five-track compilation, transforming the Hidden Resort’s original into a dark and brooding score of tension and climatic suspense.