Airwave, Astropilot, Particles of Love, Mistique Music, Bonzai Records, Michael & Levan, Stiven Rivic,

Michael & Levan and Stiven Rivic’s Mistique Music reaches their 450th release this week and with that we see a very strong collaborative effort form Airwave and Astropilot. The Belgian / Ukrainian production duo have worked together many times in the past most notably for John OO Fleming’s JOOF Recordings. Their newest studio work is entitled ‘Particles of Love’ and it comes with a remix from Michael & Levan and Stiven Rivic, CJ Art and Mathov.

The original mix begins with a very cinematic intro that’s full of incredible drums and haunting vocal pads. It’s sets an amazing vibe and following a washed out transition the tough beats drop along with an electric sounding sequence of bass stabs. A quick build then introduces a ripping lead synth along with a barrage of drums which truly sound like an electronic war zone. It’s unabashedly epic and once the softer atmospheric elements, tasteful melodic themes and growling acid lines come in the emotion is off the charts. It’s how trance music should be if you ask me; there’s something immensely powerful about it and I could see it lighting up a big room with ease. Parts of it remind me of so many Planisphere records that I absolutely loved back in the day so I’ve got a soft spot for stuff like this. Well done.

The first remix is provided by the Mistique Music label bosses Michael & Levan and Stiven Rivic. The much loved trio have put their own progressive trance twist on the production with the escalating acid lines and soaring atmospheres working in conjunction for a huge second half conclusion. Easily one of the biggest remixes to come out of Michael and Levan and Stiven Rivic’s studio and it might even be bigger than the original. Huge remix, don’t miss it.

The second interpretation is provided by CJ Art who seems like an ideal choice to remix this given his tough, up-tempo style. The Polish producer has toughened up the groove and reworks the drums into a truly colossal sounding mix. The foundation has a wonderful psychedelic wobble to it and the sonically charged sweeps sound absolutely enormous. Additional vocal elements offer a new twist and the finale is once again fueled with some devastating drums and tweaked acid lines. Big sounding stuff from CJ!

The final remix on the release is provided by Mathov who is making his third appearance on Mistique Music. The French producer has delivered a superb complement to the much bigger versions included here. Mathov’s dreamy progressive sound has lent itself well to ‘Particles of Love’. The celestial sounding top end and heavenly vocal elements are just dying to be heard during a sunrise set and the restrained re-entry out of the break just makes it all the more special. Easily one of the biggest releases on Michael & Levan and Stiven Rivic’s Mistique Music this year. Don’t miss it.

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