Monojoke – Asteroids (3rd Avenue)

One of this year’s most pleasant surprises has been Monojoke. The Polish producer has really been catching our ear with his releases on Clinique, OLD SQL and Magic Room. Many of his productions have been office favourites and this week he makes his debut on Sound Avenue’s 3rd Avenue offshoot. Label A&R Dominique Heyninck has picked out one of Monojoke’s coolest records to date here, it’s entitled ‘Asteroids’ and it comes with remixes from: Erdi Irmak and Progress Inn.

Not only do we love Monojoke’s productions but he’s also one of the more versatile producers that we’ve heard this year. ‘Asteroids’ is one of his most contemporary sounding works to date. The dubby, hypnotic nature of the track is loaded with groove and the subtle harmonic components are quite fresh sounding. The delicate, metallic sheen that seems to coat all the harmonics is quite lovely as well. It takes just enough of the edge off so the track keeps it’s super smooth vibe all the way through. Top stuff from Progress Inn.

The first remix is provided by Erdi Irmak who as they say has gone from strength to strength this year. The Turkish producer has been working with two of Greece’s finest imprints in Movement Recordings and Dopamine Music. The results have been spectacular and have yielded several top EP and remixes. Erdi’s ‘Asteriods’ interpretation opts for a slightly tougher framework while still staying very true to the main hypnotic themes from the original. The addition of some dynamic sounding stabs and an overall bigger atmospheric presence gives it some serious dance floor appeal. Another solid piece of studio work from Erdi.

The final remix on the release is from the hugely up and coming Progress Inn. The Australian based duo have quite a unique thing going at the moment. Their ‘Currents’ EP (also on 3rd Avenue) was one of the freshest sounding releases of the summer season for us. The dub techno vibes combined with progressive sensibilities were an absolute joy to listen to and made for some clued up dance floor material as well. Progress Inn have been standouts on literally every package they’ve appeared on in the last 6 months. Remixes for Balkan Connection, OLD SQL, Suffused, Elliptical Sun and TRR have all featured heavily in our Hype Charts and have also earned a great deal of radio play on frisky and Proton as well. The other thing about Progress Inn is they always seem to create something entirely new with each remix project. It would have been quite easy to lift those perfectly crafted hypnotic lines from the original and just reconstruct a groove for their remix here but instead they’ve opted for something entirely new and fresh which we absolutely love. The tough percussive groove, moody tones and unique stabs are delightful and not only do they complement the previous two mixes very well but they should serve a wide range of floors to boot. Great stuff as always from Progress Inn and one of the best 3rd Avenue’s to date.

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