After issuing the previous two instalments of her Phobiza series via Mood Hut and Total Stasis, RAMZi mints the new FATi Records to host the third volume. Amor Fati is a highly atmospheric collection of leftfield dancefloor fare, one where the beats and soundscapes blur together to give everything a hallucinatory feel. Balearic and deep house, future beats, Reggaeton and more all show face on an LP that is the sonic equivalent of walking through a forest at night.
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One of the most universal ways people experience music is when they’re walking somewhere alone. A good album can give the journey a sense of narrative it might not have otherwise, a sense of purpose beyond the mindless drudgery of getting from A to B. Because of this, music is better than any other medium to capture the feeling of wandering, of going on a journey. So that this is something that RAMZi is explicitly aiming for on her 'Phobiza Vol: 3 Amor Fati' makes it at the very least an engaging listen.
'Amor Fati' is part of a map of the world RAMZi has created, complete with its own flora and fauna, its own geography. And if you’re willing to follow her there, it’s definitely effective. Especially because all 11 tracks are united by a certain softness of texture, they feel like the same place and the same time, even while she flits between Balearic house and more ambient tunes.
I think the name of this volume is particularly salient. 'Amor Fati' means “the love of fate”, and this informs the looseness of RAMZi’s productions. Wandering alone can reap great rewards, without anyone else’s expectations or limitations you are free to go as you like. In this way we put our hands directly in fate, hoping we might find something wonderful, but always accepting that we might not. This free-spiritedness is the core of 'Amor Fati', a sense of freedom and opportunity, and no matter what, never disappointment.
I'd like to visit someday.
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