Audiostorm – Million Faces (Sleepless Nights Recordings)

The latest release on Sleepless Nights Recordings is out this week and it features the debut of Audiostorm to the label. Hailing from Montenegro Ognjen Vukovic aka Audiostorm made his production debut in 2012 with releases on LuPS Records and Stellar Fountain. It’s been a great 2014 thus far for Ognjen with an appearance on Beat Syndrome’s ‘Protocol’ collection (courtesy of Baroque Records) and an EP on System Recordings. Audiostorm’s debut single for Sleepless Nights is entitled ‘Million Faces’ and it comes with a remix from Qoob.

Audiostorm’s groovy, atmospheric sound is lush enough that it’s great for just listening to but the strength of his grooves makes it suitable for the dance floor as well. That’s a tough thing to accomplish at times when you’re a progressive house producer but he’s pulled it off again with ‘Million Faces’. What makes this track for me is the grinding low end which moves through a wonderful sequence of chord changes. It’s got that emo-vibe about it but without a hint of cheese and the surrounding atmospheres are positively dreamy. The overall smoothness of the production is excellent as well, particularly in the second half. The sweeping vocal pads and warm atmospheric swells in conjunction with the long, glacial sweeps sound absolutely effortless and the combination is incredibly emotive. Outstanding track from Audiostorm and certainly one of his best ever.

The lone remix is supplied by Qoob who are making their second appearance on Sleepless Nights. The Russian duo delivered a wicked remix of Soulfinder’s ‘Spoken Truth’ which was released towards the end of 2013 and they’ve had quality outings on Asymmetric, Clinique and Lowbit all earlier this year. For their ‘Million Faces’ interpretation Qoob have delivered a funkier, more dance floor friendly rework that still makes great use of the musical themes from the original. The low end is well carved with meaty bass stabs and the complement of drums enhances the bouncy groove perfectly. The lead hooks are not only quite catchy but offer a unique take on the melodies from the original. Qoob have done an excellent job creating something entirely new here. The easy way out would have been to just reuse all the great lines from the original over a techier framework but the Russian duo have really outdone themselves here. An all round great release from Sleepless Nights with both versions delivering on all levels. Don’t miss it.

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