Michael, Levan and Stiven Rivic – Breaking Point (Kunai Records)

Michael & Levan and Stiven Rivic start the new year off on their Kunai Records imprint with the much anticipated ‘Breaking Point’.

Michael, Levan and Stiven Rivic - Breaking Point

Kunai Records had an amazing year in 2014. The Michael & Levan and Stiven Rivic created imprint continued to be an outlet for the trios hugely in demand original productions, and also featured a healthy complement of A-list remixers. For their first release of 2015 Micheal, Levan and Stiven are presenting their newest single entitled ‘Breaking Point’ which features remixes from Inkfish and Rick Pier O’Neil.

Micheal, Levan and Stiven closed 2014 out with a string of impressive productions. A remix for Gai Barone along with original productions for Movement Recordings and their own Kunai and Mistique imprints have all been standouts. The much loved trio get 2015 off to a great start with ‘Breaking Point’. Beginning with a punchy groove and smooth underlying rhythms the track already carries a large presence at just two minutes in. A dramatic break grounded with a bubbly foundation ups the atmosphere further before a wave of sonic sweeps and sparkling electronics transports the track into its third act. The record’s climax reveals the full melodic theme with layers of pads and soft chordal swells coming together for a blissful conclusion.

The first interpretation of ‘Breaking Point’ is provided by Inkfish who are making their first appearance on Kunai Records. The Swedish production act have a storied history in electronic music. Their nearly two decade long career features numerous highlights with appearances on Anjunadeep and Bedrock being the most notable. For their ‘Breaking Point’ interpretation Inkfish have taken all the great sonic elements from the original and reworked them over a deeper and decidedly groovier framework. Additional rhythms and an equally enticing climax make for a great complement to Michael, Levan and Stiven’s epically styled original.

The second and final interpretation of ‘Breaking Point’ is supplied by Rick Pier O’Neil who is also making his debut on Kunai Records. The French producer has been a favourite of electronic music fans dating back almost 15 years to his productions on RPO Traxx and Garbage Records. Rick has enjoying an amazing resurgence over the last year having released several amazing projects with outings on John OO Fleming’s JOOF Records and Micheal, Levan and Stiven Rivic’s Mistique Music. For his ‘Breaking Point’ interpretation Rick Pier O’Neil has put his trademark tough progressive techno twist on the track. Rick’s punishing beats, charged rhythms and driving drums lay down an energetic groove while the subtle reinvention of the atmospheric elements provides a goosebump inducing finale. Top notch remix from Rick and a great release from Kunai Records to get 2015 off to a great start.

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