DJ/Producer Praveen Achary has developed into one of India’s most recognizable electronic music figures. His list of achievements is quite staggering; from regular DJ gigs, organizing Juicebox Underground events, running his Juicebox Music imprint to hosting one of friskyRadio’s most loved shows and an ever growing discography Praveen has made a huge impact on electronic music not only in India but worldwide. The 17th release on Nikko.Z’s Dopamine Music imprint sees Praveen making his debut on the label with a new single entitled ‘Suspended Animation’ which includes remixes from: Luis Bondio and Taisuke Chiba.
The ‘Suspended Animation’ original gets underway with some tasteful beats and delicate electronics. Hazy bell-like accents, swirling synths and washed out vocal stabs work in combination for a fresh sounding harmonic theme which builds nicely towards the main break. The well crafted interlude creates some lovely tension. A foundation of pulsating hypnotic waves sets the stage as the break begins to take shape. As the atmosphere slowly builds alien-like electronics and glacial sounding swells provide the necessary dramatic resonance for a gorgeous conclusion that goes down as Praveen’s best musical production to date.
The first remix is supplied by one of electronic music’s brightest and fastest rising stars. Luis Bondio has grown into one of Argentina’s most recognizable progressive house producers. With appearances on Renaissance, Hope, DAR and Mesmeric combined with the continued support from international DJs like Nick Warren and Hernan Cattaneo Luis has become one of the genre’s most loved artists. For his ‘Suspended Animation’ interpretation Luis has provided a superb complement to the original. Distinctive beats, grainy electronics and a much spacier atmospheric component all combine for what would have to be Luis’ freshest and most unique sounding production to date.
The second and final remix is provided by Taisuke Chiba who is making is first appearance on Dopamine. The Japanese producer has been a fixture of the DJ circuit in his home country since the mid nineties and he also runs the Laif Art Music imprint. A single on Hernan Cattaneo’s Sudbeat Music in 2012 put Taisuke’s name on the global scene and here he’s delivered a superb rework of ‘Suspended Animation’ to close the release out. A much more tech house inspired framework has put an entirely new spin on Praveen’s original. The deliberate groove and offset piano stabs and unique, powerful and create a dynamic presence throughout. Simple but incredibly effective rhythms get introduced during the main drop and once the piano hits come back in it proves to be the perfect prelude to a musically satisfying finish.