Michael & Levan and Stiven Rivic and Phalguna Somraj – Hyderabad (Mistique Music)

The 460th release on Mistique Music features a brand new collaboration from the label bosses Michael & Levan and Stiven Rivic and Indian producer Phalguna Somraj. This marks Phalguna’s third appearance on Mistique which follows his ‘Drowning in Hugs’ single from late 2013 and ‘Disco Fantasy’ which was included on Mistique’s popular Collection series. The result of the quartet’s first studio production together is entitled ‘Hyderabad’ and it comes with remixes from Kintar and Josel.

Phalguna Somraj hails from ‘Hyderabad’ which is one of the largest cities in his home country of India so the title of this particular piece is of great significance. In fact as I’m writing this Levan is in ‘Hyderabad’ getting ready to perform at a Red Bull event with Phalguna. It’s rare that you see Michael & Levan and Stiven Rivic collaborate with anyone on a track so that too makes this a very special release. The producers respective styles have melded together quite well here. Phalguna’s solo productions tend to border on progressive trance and the addition of the Mistique trio has brought a subtler, more progressive vibe to the piece. Rooted by a warm, full and driving bass line ‘Hyderabad’ is loaded with energy right out of the gate. Subtle vocal elements and very strong rhythms build throughout the records eight minute duration. The melodic elements are very refined as well and leave a lot to the imagination which keeps the focus on the pumping peak time groove which rumbles below. It all makes for a great collaboration from Michael, Levan, Stiven Rivic and Phalguna; hopefully they have another one planned in the not too distant future.

The first remix is provided Kintar who is making his eighth appearance on Mistique Music. Fresh off releases on Hernan Cattaneo’s Subdeat Music and Guy Mantzur’s Plattenbank Records this has been the best year of Kintar’s career thus far. For his ‘Hyderabad’ interpretation Kintar has brought a more laid back percussive vibe to the piece which complements the more driving original quite nicely. The strong groove is well accented with intricate hits and subtle electronics which work nicely with the smooth rhythmic stabs. The spiritual vocal styling’s and grinding tension carry the track through a brief breakdown and on to a classy finish which goes down as the best moment on the release.

The second and final remix is provided by Josel who is making his first appearance on Mistique Music. The Greek-born London-based producer has been a solid contributor to Movement Recordings, Baroque Records, PolyTechnic and many others over the course of his almost ten year production career. His sound has certainly evolved over that time and his interpretation of ‘Hyderabad’ has turned out really well. In going with a straight forward hypnotic rework Josel has delivered a mix that’s going to be great for those back rooms and late night dance floors. Solid release from Mistique Music with Kintar delivering a standout remix here. Don’t miss it!

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