PROGRESSIVE

Antrim – Life To Peace (Sound Avenue)

Sound Avenue has been considered one of the best labels in the new landscape of progressive house for quite some time now and they continually seem to find ways to step up their game. The labels last release from Future Motions was certainly they’re most dance floor worthy release to date. Veteran producers like Petar Dundov, Luis Junior, Deepfunk and Eelke Kleijn have all made appearances here but it’s the labels uncanny knack of finding new talent that’s really impressive. Up and coming Argentinean producer Antrim first came to our attention with his ‘In The Wind’ track on Sound Avenue’s sub-label Crossfade Sounds. Now for Sound Avenue’s 24th overall release he delivers his first single for the label entitled ‘Life To Peace’ which comes with remixes from Van Bellen, Mauro Norti and Dale Middleton.

Antrim always seems to be able to create very enchanting sounding pieces of progressive house and ‘Life To Peace’ is certainly that. The long spacey sweeps combined with some heart wrenching, bell-like synths cast an amazing vibe over the track that is very emotional. The drums have quite a bit of bounce to them and it really invigorates the otherwise smooth and hypnotic sounding framework. Ultimately though it’s the overall effortless sounding production and smooth lines are what make it such a joy to listen to. Fans of Hernan Cattaneo will be very enthused about this one. Great work from Antrim.

The first remix is supplied by Van Bellen who is making his debut on Sound Avenue here. For those of you not familiar with Van Bellen he is one of the most recognizable names from the peak of the progressive house sound from 1998-2004. Sasha and Digweed were among his biggest supporters and perhaps he is most well known for the dance floor bomb ‘Pushin Too Hard’ which was produced under his Saints & Sinners alias. The German producer has been enjoying a nice resurgence of late with a string of great productions on 99percent, Stellar Fountain and OLD SQL Recordings. His remix here is the standout on the package. Van Bellen has crafted another one of his hypnotic tech house journey’s that takes the listener away to a magical place. The intricate electronics that Van Bellen is so loved for once again bring so much vibrancy to the groove that it’s just perfect for the dance floor. Great stuff from Van Bellen.

Next up is another producer who has been received a lot of play around our offices of late. Mauro Norti’s melodic techno / contemporary electronica sound has been delighting many in recent months and in particular his work for Travis MacDonald’s Agara Music has been sensational. This will be Mauro’s fifth appearance on Sound Avenue and he’s crafted an eerie sounding rework of ‘Life To Peace’ that we just love. The rich, organic textures of Mauro’s productions are always very attractive and that shines here as well. The modulating electronic gates are perfectly brain teasing while the enchanting theme from the original gets re-created over top of a glitchy framework. A really nice interpretation from Mauro.

Closing the release out is Dale Middleton who is returning to Sound Avenue for his third appearance. The fast rising UK producer delivered a stunning remix of Yunta’s ‘Distorted’ in January of this year. Recent outings on DAR Digital, Dopamine, Classound, Lowbit and Particles have seen Dale’s loyal fan base continue to grow even larger. He keeps the productions coming out of his studio incredibly strong with a great remix of ‘Life To Peace’ here. Dale’s constructed a really infectious groove that’s well complemented with glassy sounding electronics and driving drums. This is certainly the most melodic interpretation on the package so it complements the other versions really well. The main drop is goose bump central with those rolling clusters of keys and chord changes really working some serious magic. This one will be huge at peak time on the right dance floor! Like we said at the outset Sound Avenue just continues to build on their already great success. This is an exceptional release and if you’re looking for a place to hear the future stars of electronic music along with your old favourites Sound Avenue is a great place to start. Highly recommended. Release Promo Hype Chart Top 25

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