One of the most impressive artist debuts of 2013 was undoubtedly Daraspa’s ‘Art Of Illusion’ EP. It marked Sound Avenue’s 28th overall release and showcased the Dutch producer’s fresh and inspiring sound perfectly. In addition to having his EP earn support from John Digweed, Hernan Cattaneo and Nick Warren Daraspa was also featured heavily on the premiere electronic music station frisky Radio. The Dutch producer was showcased as their ‘Artist of the Week’ in January and was promptly offered his own monthly show (Halcyon) which is now in full swing. The 33rd release on Sound Avenue sees Daraspa returning to the label for a new single entitled ‘Rendro’ which comes with remixes from Andre Sobota and Eyal Cohen.
Daraspa’s uniquely tailored electronics are quite striking as ‘Rendro’ begins. The delicate hypnotic tones and growling bass stabs are the ultimate in textural contrast while the vibrant hits add a club friendly electricity to the air. As the haunting synths continue to build around the wobbly groove the rich atmospheric haze elevates with them. Upon reaching the main break the rough bassy textures wobble with a tension filled growl while the flickering hypnotic pulses signal the kick to drop back in. With a stripped portion of the groove now in full swing the menacing waves rip through the atmosphere with an even greater sense of purpose. This is a track with a real presence and as great as the ‘Art of Illusion’ was and still is this might be the crowning production of Daraspa’s young career.
The first remix is provided by Andre Sobota who is making his debut on Sound Avenue. The Brazilian producer should need little introduction as he’s been one of the most loved progressive house producers of the last two years. Andre’s rise to electronic music stardom all began in 2012 when his remix of Coldplay & Rihanna’s ‘Princess Of China’ was picked up and played by Pete Tong on BBC Radio 1. Subsequent signings by Pryda Friends, Anjunadeep and microCastle have yielded what many consider to be some of the best electronic music releases of the last year. Andre is now one of the most sought after remixers of the moment and a firm favourite of Above & Beyond who have featured him numerous times on their infamous Group Therapy radio show. Andre’s ‘Rendro’ interpretation takes all the great elements from Daraspa’s original and just builds on their unique brilliance. With a club friendly flair the Brazilian has infused his much loved melodic energy into the composition with intelligent chord changes and an ethereal ambiance that will enchant even the most discerning of dance floors.
The second and final remix comes from Eyal Cohen who is making his first appearance on Sound Avenue. Eyal began his journey into music production in 2009 which followed an already successful DJ career in the Israeli club scene. Eyal’s first productions were signed by Guy Mantzur’s Plattenbank imprint and subsequent releases were featured on Dopamine Music, AK Tek and Deepmentality. This is Eyal’s first production of 2014 and he’s delivered a superb remix to close the package off. The Israeli producer’s deep, tech house take on ‘Rendro’ proves to be the ideal complement for the previous two versions. While still managing to work in the haunting atmospheric elements Eyal has added a wonderful underbelly of funk. As the undeniably groovy foundation builds momentum the track slowly gets encompassed with spacey electronics and bubbly synths. These elements prove to be the ultimate slow burning hooks which build to a moody climax that’s going to be perfect for all those intelligent dance floors out there.