PROGRESSIVE

AMAN – Cosmic Jungle (3rd Avenue)

The 35th releease on Sound Avenue’s 3rd Avenue imprint is out this week and it features the debut of AMAN to the label. Originally from Bangalore, India but now based in Singapore AMAN has been one of 2014’s most pleasant surprises. His ‘Tears of the Lotus’ single on Travis MacDonald’s Agara Music was rich in musical soul and his remix for Balkan Connection’s new BC2 division was equally impressive. AMAN’s one of those producers where each and every production that comes out of his studio seems to be sprinkled with some extra special sonic dust. His debut single for 3rd Avenue is entitled ‘Cosmic Jungle’ and it comes with remixes from: Micheal A. and Marcelo Paladini.

AMAN’s original begins with a gorgeous wave of mesmerizing electronics. These laser like lines build some wonderful momentum and once the flickering synth elements drop in the groove really starts to take shape. As the delicate rhythms continue to build an underlying complement of wispy sweeps create a wonderful atmosphere which carries the track to the main breakdown. Here we see the fluttering rhythms cast a gorgeous soundscape over the piece before a brief broken beat section summons the full groove back in. It’s certainly one of AMAN’s most unique and dreamy creations to date and the way the track transitions out of the break is damn cool. A beautiful composition from AMAN.

The first remix is supplied by another one of this year’s most talked about newcomers Michael A. Following an impressive string of productions throughout 2013 the Belarus based producer seems to have tightened his production even more since the beginning of the year. Appearances on Sound Avenue, Particles and Stripped have been Micheal’s 2014 highlights and he’s delivered an exceptional remix of ‘Cosmic Jungle’ to continue his strong momentum. The newly constructed groove is loaded with hypnotic swing and has brought the track a bit closer to the dance floor as a result. Like all of Michael’s productions this one is ultra polished and has a pristine shimmer about it that’s going to sound immense in a club. Great work.

The second and final remix is provided by Marcelo Paladini who has been one of 3rd Avenue’s biggest contributors since the labels inception. Marcelo’s remix here is his fifth overall appearance on the label and it follows his excellent ‘5 AM / Cigarette Smoker’ EP which was released just last week. Marcelo’s ‘Cosmic Jungle’ interpretation closes the release out very strong. In addition to having a smooth and alluring progressive groove the surrounding textures are incredibly rich. The harmonic rhythms are bursting with life and have a delicate bounce that accents the groove perfectly. It’s one of the those mixes where every single element just works and the result is a smooth flowing production that you could just listen to endlessly. Beautiful stuff from Marcelo and a superb package from 3rd Avenue.

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