The 33rd release on Clinique Recordings is out this week and it features the return of Carpathian Paths to the label. The Ukrainian production group first appeared with their ‘Trembita’ single in June of last year (which was also the labels first ever release) and now for their follow up ‘Real Life’ they’ve teamed up with well known Russian producer D-Eye. Aidar Davlethanov aka D-Eye began his career in 2004, and since then has emerged as one of the most promising names in recent memory. His song writing ability was formally acknowledged in 2011 when he was named the winner in Bastards of Funk & Sonic Union’s remix competition for Lowbit Records. This is D-Eye’s first collaboration with Carpathian Paths and the remixes are supplied by CJ Art and Federico Monachesi.

The original mix is a deep progressive groover that’s going to be dynamite on the dance floor. The rolling bass lines are surrounded by swirling atmospheres and a very cool complement of drums which widens the production a great deal. It’s one of those long atmospheric builders with a cool soundscape style interlude which winds things down just enough before the gigantic second half. A real hypnotic journey from Carpathian Paths & D-Eye, great stuff!

The first remix is supplied by CJ Art who is returning to Clinique for his second appearance. The Polish producer is much loved for his blend of techno, progressive and sometimes even tribal sounds but for his ‘Real Life’ interpretation we see CJ with a cool breaks rework. CJ has re-invented the acid groove over top of a wicked set of broken beats with the trippy vocal samples running throughout. It ultimately stays true to the feeling of the original as it has that same atmospheric presence and a sense of anticipation throughout. Like so many of CJ’s more progressive oriented tracks the drums are really impactful here and should a complete assault on your senses. Brilliant work from CJ.

The second and final remix on the package is provided Federico Monachesi who is making his first appearance on Clinique. The Argentinean producer has been quiet through most of 2013 with just two releases on Liquid Grooves and TRR. We’ve been loving his deep progressive sound since we heard his releases on Balkan Connection back in 2010. For his ‘Real Life’ remix Federico has delivered a real atmospheric gem of a remix. In adding a chunkier, more harmonic groove Federico has surrounded the framework with lovely atmospheric swirls and spacey electronics that have a very classy vibe. A top package once again from Clinique Recordings and wait until you hear the next ones from Miraculum, Noa Romana and zweitausendeins Traum. Outstanding stuff on the way from this label.

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