Back in the early 00s, Swedish electronic music artist and producer Erik Möller, best known in electronic music circles as Unai had released two albums which received both national and international attention as the New York Times had praised his work and both albums appeared on a number of end-of-the-year lists across the globe, and he was nominated for a Swedish Grammy. But as quickly as he gained success, he quickly disappeared with almost no explanation for the better part of a decade, apart from the occasional collaboration with the likes of Kris Menace and others.
Möller’s much-anticipated and recently released effort Human Effort reportedly explores the passing of time, heartbreak, boredom, lost friendships, childhood, escapism and love – sometimes all within one song. “October Star,” is a dense song comprised of layers of dramatically shimmering and undulating synths, and skittering percussion paired with with a dreamy yet earnest vocals, soaring yet ambient keyboard chords. The song evokes the sensation of staring into the night sky on a clear and cool night with your own thoughts – and the sensation of feeling small and insignificant while possessing a club-ready accessibility.
Kris Menace recently remixed “October Star” retaining the dense layers of dramatically shimmering and undulating synths, and skittering percussion of the original, removes the vocal track but adds a buzzing drone and brief pause at the 3 minute mark. And although vocal track is removed, the remix retains the spirit and feel of the original, as it evokes the same sensation of staring into the night sky a clear an cool night while being a pure club-based banger.