Fresh off the release of his own ‘Repertoire’ EP and label showcases in Berlin and Brooklyn, label boss Beartrax now prepares the twelfth Melodize vinyl, this time handing a debut to Manuel Ortúzar aka Aural Trace, who delivers the neon-drenched ’Midnight Thoughts’ EP.

As one half of Random Atlas, the young producer can be found exploring the boundaries of New Wave and Post Punk. Flying solo as Aural Trace however, the Chilean embarks on more synthesized Italo dreams.

The EP kicks off with ‘Soft Lips.’ A non-stop, full-speed drive through the radiant passages of outer space loaded with fast synth arpeggios, epic strings and aggressive linn beats, the track is underpinned by a mean bass line and a glossy layer of refinement that will keep those lips super supple.

“Midnight Thoughts” is characterised by lush retro pads, raw 707 drums, and longing gentle melodies that form to create a romantic midnight Italo delirium, whilst “Resolution” is a romantic ode to an unforgettable time where introspective dx feelings meet tense, detuned synth pads, agitated large gated drums, and a huge, rounded bass.

Completing the package with a wonderfully compelling rework of ’Soft Lips’ is Melodize favorite Chinaski, who ramps up the tempo whilst staying true to the blazing vibe of the original.

Aural Trace – Midnight Thoughts out on Melodize, 2nd, June 2023

A1: Soft Lips
A2: Soft Lips (Chinaski Remix)
B1: Midnight Thoughts
B2: Resolution

Written and produced by Manuel Ortúzar
Remix and Additional Production by Chinaski (Stefan Haag)
Mastered by Klas-Henrik Lindblad at Blackhead Studios, Berlin
Design by Alland Byallo
©2023 Melodize, Inc.

  1. A1. Aural Trace- Soft Lips (Original Mix) Preview 1:33
  2. A2. Aural Trace- Soft Lips (Chinaski Remix) Preview 1:33
  3. B1. Aural Trace- Midnight Thoughts (Original Mix) Preview 1:33
  4. B2. Aural Trace- Resolution (Original Mix) Preview 1:33


MELOD012 – Aural Trace – Midnight Thoughts

Release Date : June 2, 2023
Artists : Aural Trace, Chinaski
Genre : Indie Dance
Catalog ref. : MELOD012
Format : Vinyl