Marius Paplauskas and Justinas Gritenas are among the eastern European artists landing a foothold in the international progressive scene. Collectively, they make up Hypnotic Duo. Partners since 2008, the Lithuanian DJs have an aptitude for ambient/progressive gems, though their name retains a largely local following.
Soothing and reflective melodies define much of the Hypnotic Duo sound. Of their recent singles, Rezident is a personal favorite. Simple but emotional, the track’s infectious melody over a deep, steady beat is spot-on. If their style fits your groove, make sure to take a listen to their Life Particle EP. A dreamy delight, the Life Particle EP retains a bittersweet feeling that I enjoy so much. For a more ambient experience, check out the fantastic title track. The XSector remix brightens the track up with lighter synths and a dancey house beat.