Daraspa – Childhood (3rd Avenue)

One of most impressive artist debuts of 2013 was Daraspa’s ‘Art of Illusion EP’ which was released towards the end of the year on Sound Avenue. It featured three outstanding productions from the Dutch producer who quickly established himself as a force in the electronic music underground. Almost 10 months has passed and he’s gone on to deliver a follow up single for label along with a remix for 3rd Avenue. This week finds Daraspa returning to 3rd Avenue for his first single entitled ‘Childhood’ which includes remixes from Antrim and Monojoke.

Daraspa’s most recent original work for Agara Music featured more of an emotional tone and ‘Childhood’ follows a similar path. It’s enchanting atmospheres are immediately heart wrenching and the strength of its chugging groove carries the emotional tides well. The main break is particularly enticing with waves of electronics building the ultimate hypnotic vortex just prior to the return of the groove. As with all Daraspa productions though it’s the subtleties which are exceptional here and ultimately make it another standout out piece in his discography.

The first remix is supplied by Antrim who is fresh off his ‘Free Spirit’ single on Luis Bondio’s Classound Recordings. It’s been a busy spring/summer season for the Argentine which ultimately began with his ‘Rita’ single on System Recordings which remains one of his finest productions to date. Remixes for Kunai Records and Soundteller Records along with an appearance on Baroque’s Protocol collection were also quite strong and his interpretation of ‘Childhood’ once again shows off his unique studio skills. Antrim’s deep and moody approach has transformed the track into a late night techno construction with a wealth of brooding qualities. It’s more of a thought provoking listen than some of Antrim’s previous work and a very rewarding one as well.

The second and final remix is supplied by Monojoke who returns to 3rd Avenue for his sixth appearance. As one of the more prolific producers of 2014 Monojoke has amassed a discography of nearly 50 productions since the beginning of the year and his interpretation of ‘Childhood’ might be one of the best. The Polish producer has chopped up many of the enchanting elements which results in some fine rhythmic hooks. It’s rolling wall of drums and spiralling electronics make it the most energetic version on the release and the new found melodic lead is incredibly powerful. Good stuff from Monojoke and an all round great release from 3rd Avenue.

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