The 40th release on Lee Ager’s Soulfire Downloads is out this week and it sees up and coming producer Constan making his debut on the label. The Mexican producer runs the Funktripes imprint and has really been catching our attention with his productions for LuPS over the second half of 2012. Constan’s new single for Soulfire is entitled ‘Runway’ and it comes with remixes from: Andres, GSEP, Madloch & Beat Syndrome and Progress Inn.
Constan’s original gets the release underway with a chugging progressive groove that’s accented with soft stabs and rhythmic arps. The hypnotic nature of track really begins to show as it builds following the first drop with smooth atmospheres and deep pulsating tones. The main break showcases some soft chord changes in the hypnotic lines which work well with the serene backdrop. The drop builds back up with a cool shuffling section of scattered beats and effervescent synths. The rhythmic groove returns with the perfect amount of restraint for a mesmerizing finish. Solid work from Constan.
The first remix is provided by Andres who is returning to Soulfire for his second remix following his rework of Julian Sanza’s Telescope’ from November of 2010. Andres ‘Runway’ interpretation is a wonderfully deep but energetic construction that’s full of driving beats, long tension filled sweeps and a cool twist on the rhythmic hypnotics from the original. The break delivers some amazing tension with the ever growing sheets of subtle atmospheric noise building around the tracks framework. As the driving, techy groove returns it’s full steam ahead for a huge atmospheric finish that we could see rocking at peak time with ease.
Next up is UK producer John Martin under his GSEP alias who is making his first appearance on Soulfire with his remix here. John’s discography is short but impressive with three releases on Whose Haus and one on Matt Black’s Segment Records. We’ve been fans of GSEP since we heard his ‘Places’ single from March of 2012 when it reached the Top 25 in our overall Hype Chart. John’s ‘Runway’ interpretation builds on a nice hypnotic groove that pushes the piece to the main drop. Here John completely reinvents the track as a sequence of striking vocal-esqe stabs provides an amazing dance floor hook which continues to grow as the break intensifies. The track climaxes with the infectious vocal gates and subtle chord changes teasing the senses for an epic moment which go down well on your dance floor.
The next remix on the package sees a huge collaboration from Sound Avenue’s Madloch and Canadian super duo Beat Syndrome. Both parties have enjoyed immense success over the last year with Madloch earning chart and radio support from Hernan Cattaneo for his new alias and Beat Syndrome just coming off a hugely successful European tour. The trio have worked together before in conjunction with Yunta on a remix of Travis MacDonald & Mauro Norti’s ‘Spectra’ which was released on Sound Avenue in August of 2012. For their ‘Runway’ interpretation Madloch & Beat Syndrome have delivered a mix that once again sounds tailor made for Hernan Cattaneo. A warm, wavering low end along with some fresh electronics creates a killer vibe early on. The subtle atmospheric accents and washed out haze that slowly surrounds the framework make the delicate stabs and filtered percs that much more poignant. The gaseous futuristic sounding drop climaxes with a quick build and striking sound design which cuts through the atmosphere with a vibrate electricity that’s sure to send shivers down your spine. Wicked stuff from Madloch & Beat Syndrome!
The final remix on the package comes from the Australia based duo Progress Inn who are making their first appearance on Soulfire. Janko Dragovic and Igor Kadic make up the Progress Inn production team and are both originally from former Yugoslavia but are now currently based in Perth, Australia. Janko and Igor have been on a real tear lately with recent productions on Bermudos, Vapour and Pure Substance. For their ‘Runway’ remix Progress Inn have crafted a deep, pulsating groove with waves of techy percussion and cool electronic accents which add just a touch more drive. There is a distinct late-night, back room type vibe here that is absolutely wicked and as the record progresses the momentous nature of the track seems to build and build. Nothings over done here and that’s the point, the groove is perfect and should work great on the dance floor. Solid release from Soulfire. Release Promo Hype Chart Top 15
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