Sound Avenue’s Crossfade Sounds continues on a strong release schedule with their 14th offering coming out this week. It features the return of Amethyst and Lenny Lenoks to the label. Cseke Ferenc aka Amethyst and Lenny Lenoks both hail from Szekefehervar, Hungary and made their debut on Crossfade Sounds in November of 2012 with their ‘The Race’ single. The duos new offering is a two track EP entitled ‘Cinnamon Sky’ which comes with remixes from: Role Project, Simon Firth and Dandy.

‘Cinnamon Sky’ starts the EP off and it seems to fit in well with what Crossfade Sounds has been doing of late. Everything that comes out on Crossfade has a brilliant genre-less quality about it. The one thing that is consistent though is a very modern sound which all the releases have. ‘Cinnamon Sky’ is exactly that, there are elements of house, tech house, progressive and deep house all rolled into one great production. The bass stabs are incredibly funky and will certainly provide an amazing groove for a variety of floors. What we really love about it though is the drifting atmospheric quality which takes just enough edge off the dynamic groove for a smooth but exhilarating end result.

The first remix of ‘Cinnamon Sky’ comes from Role Project who is making his debut appearance on Crossfade Sounds. Also hailing from Hungary Role Project is a relatively new act looking to make an impact on the deep house scene this year. Considering that Role Project’s remix here will be his first ever officially released production it’s absolutely outstanding. In staying true to the main theme from the original Role Project has crafted a more spacious, drummy groove which encompasses all the atmospheric beauty from the original perfectly. A brilliant late night, back room groove from Role Project.

The second and final interpretation of Cinnamon Sky’ comes from Dandy aka Peter Makto and Gregory S. Also Hailing from Hungary Peter and Gregory have been working together as Dandy since late 2011 when they made their debut on Paul Hazendonk’s Manual Music. The duos ‘Cinnamon Sky’ remix has already earned support from: Microtrauma, DNYO, Martin Gracia and Soundexile. It’s a meticulously crafted groove with a smooth energetic drive that destined to be a huge bomb on the deep house floors out there. The bass heavy stabs and plonky sounding electronics are what really ignite the groove which for us is the strongest on the EP.

The second original ‘Never Hide’ is next and it really shows how far Amethyst and Lenny Lenoks have come in the last 6-8 months. Easily one of the grooviest tunes we’ve heard in while and the production on it really shines. Soft pulsating stabs and rhythmic tones combine for an absolutely amazing groove early on. The clattering drums which build up around the framework are so well spaced that they really enhance and widen the scope of the track. The composition flows smoothly through to the break at around the five minute mark. Here a soft ambience provides just the right drop for the infectious groove to pick back up again an roll to a wicked finish. Our favourite Amethyst and Lenny Lenoks production to date!

The lone remix of ‘Never Hide’ comes from a producer we have been singing the praises of quite a bit over the last 2 years. Simon Firth has been one of the busiest and also most consistent producers in recent years. His newly released ‘Stress Test’ for Praveen Achary’s Juicebox Music was heralded by many as his finest work and his ‘Never Hide’ interpretation is going to reach a lot of new fans for sure. Easily one of the deepest and funkiest productions to ever come out of Simon’s studio his ‘Never Hide’ rework shows some amazing versatility. The lazy groove has an amazing wobbly vibe and the subtle modulation adds just the right amount of additional funk. The drums really standout as well, a wealth of elements here that all meld together for some serious bounce. Should be an outstanding warm type record for progressive DJs or a real bomb for deep house djs. Excellent work from Simon and a really wicked package from Crossfade Sounds who are developing a label that many more DJs are going to be taking note of soon. Highly Recommended.

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    Mitch Alexander

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