It’s always a pleasant surprise when a new Agara Music promo lands on the site. This week sees the ninth overall release on the Travis MacDonald’s much loved imprint and it features the return of Mauro Norti to the label. Mauro’s ‘Touching hands’ was the labels second overall release in February of this year and the Belarus based producer continues to be talked about as one of the more talented up and comers in melodic techno. Mauro’s new single for Agara is entitled ‘The Cliff’ and it comes with remixes from Irene Radice and D-Mand.
For those of you that loved the funky, melodic techno grooves of ‘Touching Hands’ you will most likely enjoy ‘The Cliff’ even more. Mauro’s grungy and character filled bassy textures form a wonderful groove here and the musical complements are just outstanding. Delicate in nature but still with a grainy character and high emotional content that really captivates you. Fabulous stuff from Mauro that you can listen to several times over and still be discovering new things about it.
The first remix comes from Irene Radice who is making her debut appearance on Agara. The UK based Italo-Venezuelan electronica/techno producer first came to our attention with her early productions on Andrew K’s Vise Versa Music label. More recently her minimal melodic sounds has been featured on Paul Hazendonk’s Manual Music and also PolyTechnic. Her first remix for Agara is really exceptional. Fluttering bassy waves lock down a wicked foundation while some well programmed keys provide some amazing hooks. It’s the overall mood of the record that is really special though. The deep and brooding vibe carries a wealth of emotion and the subtly building atmosphere creeps up on you in an impactful way.
The final remix comes from D-Mand who we remember from his Micro Digital releases in 2011. The Portuguese producer has been one of the more talked about up and comers this year following his remixes for Stereo Paradise and Manual Music. His debut on Agara certainly holds its weight as well. A chugging techno inspired groove gets some nice momentum going early while a glassy hypnotic complement wavers away at your senses. Choppy rhythms, celestial melodies and alien like electronics fill the air as the piece builds some lovely tension towards the main break. The drop serves as the ultimate relief from the huge build and the heavenly soundscape paints a serene vibe before an even bigger conclusion. Certainly the biggest of the three productions here and should blow up the right dance floor at peak hours. Superb package from Agara which might just be our favourite thus far on the label, do not miss this one. Highly Recommended.