Virtus in Sonus was recently revived after a near four year hiatus to fulfill its founding mission: unite emerging and established Gravitas Recordings artists in a diverse, cohesive release. Previous compilations feature artists such as CloZee, Mr. Bill, Esseks, Of The Trees, and many other artists who have made their mark within the eclectic electronic label. With Gravitas consistently breaking new and promising talent into the electronic community, it will be exciting to see what is to come with these artists within the next few years.
Virtus is an Ancient Roman virtue that represents excellence; Sonus is Latin for noise and is the root word for sound. True to its name, listeners will be exposed to a diverse compilation of 19 tracks that explores everything between thoughtful, emotional, and energetic electronic music.
Lailoken whisks you away into a field of ethnic influences and danceable rhythms in “Saffron.” Illustrated continues the worldly excursion in “Bamboo,” taking a more pensive approach with doses of captivating bass. Azuki’s remix of Aftrlyfe spotlights two dynamic rappers who sing of their “Better Plan.” Gravitas Create winner Nok Nok introduces listeners to meditative soundscapes before he begins to “Light It Up” into a cultural banger. Willdabeast enters the stage with a funky anthem that’s full of zestful and spirited instrumentation, the polar opposite of its “Meh” name. Lil Fish unveils his enchanting “Lotus,” a perfectly balanced hybrid between meditative and underground resounds. Red Giant Project showcases its “All Gold” masterpiece with reverberated fluctuations. BARDZ’s “Theogony” pays tribute to the gods through nostalgic guitar solos and thoughtful musical interpretations. Featuring the angelic vocals of Sink and soothing violin strings in “I Stay Open,” B3K deeply contemplates on focus, work, and hope.
Dorfex Bos and Patches. question “Is It So” within subterranean and galactic frequencies. Sullust confronts his “Monolith” in a reflective, ethereal confrontation. Featuring the vocals of Reilly Comisar, “Never Ever” tells the tale of Comisar’s wonky exploration of foreign species beyond our solar system. Falling back to Earth, RANSOM accompanies us on a mission to the deepest sunken chamber in “Spelunker.” As you explore the vast cavern, DELTAnine and Sayzar detect a pre-historic “Relic” of unearthly space chops. Buzz Junior is “Filthy As Eva” in a series of vibrations and alien samples. Father Bear escorts us to the dancefloor in “One Time” as inequalities are strived to be eradicated. LWKY and Jake Walker resume the interstellar travel in “Skysetter,” navigating through the Milky Way’s most intricate paradoxes. Shakti encourages everyone to “Just Breathe” in a transcendental and vigorous flight to tranquility. Providing a satisfying soulful house conclusion to the eclectic compilation, Drishti Beats and DAYZ yearn to explore the world of divine secrets in “Find Your Way.”
Listen to Virtus in Sonus V here.