The 59th release on Sound Avenue welcomes Patrick Krom aka Daraspa back to the label for a brand new EP.
The Dutch artist and Belgian imprint have forged a strong bond, and in becoming one of the label’s core artists Daraspa has flourished. Beginning with his highly regarded ‘Art of Illusion’ EP in November of 2013 the Dutch producer is now making his fifth appearance on the label. A contribution to Madloch’s ‘Sound Avenue 01’ Mix compilation yielded the emotive ‘Antko’, and now to close out the year Daraspa presents his long awaited ‘The Beauty Of Silence’ EP alongside Mononoid and Deepfunk remixes.
Since his early productions Daraspa has been renowned for his unique design qualities and ‘The Beauty Of Silence’ exemplifies those traits once again. Following a DJ friendly intro led by atmospheric swells, a rugged foundation drops and the momentous journey begins. As timeless, well textured synths rip through the atmosphere a wave of vocal tones lifts the mood higher, ultimately carrying the track to the main break. With the second act commencing a storyboard of hopeful melancholy fills the cavernous landscape, before an electric underbelly billows with a tension filled drawl, eventually unleashing a wave of beats and drums for the ultimate magic moment.
The lone interpretation of ‘The Beauty Of Silence’ is provided by Mononoid who are making their first appearance on Sound Avenue. The Netherlands based duo famed for releases on Traum and Einmusika have been undergoing a stylistic shift this year. A May release on Guy J’s Lost & Found Records spearheaded the charge and also earned a play on ‘Transitions’ from John Digweed. Now making their Sound Avenue debut Mononoid delve deeper with a gorgeous remodel of ‘The Beauty Of Silence’. With a more subversive approach the duo effortlessly work their way through perfectly contoured grooves and deep, dubby motifs. Design aficionados will drool over its spacey leanings but a story board of revamped vocal edits, which dominate the main break proves to be the icing on the cake, and ultimately preludes a smooth yet exhilarating conclusion.
The companion piece ‘Patterns’ finds Daraspa exploring the deeper, more esoteric elements of his studio repertoire. Anchored by beefy, layered beats and a subterranean groove it flows through a series of vivid textures and psychedelic designs. A wealth of indistinct vocals, euphoric synth swells and angelic pads make for an impassioned beginning. It’s conjures up a gorgeous first act before a well crafted break resets the tracks dramatic pull and charges forward for a spine tingling finale.
The lone interpretation of ‘Patterns’ is provided by Deepfunk who is returning to Sound Avenue for his fourth appearance. The Maltese producer has delivered his fair share of enduring sonic moments this year. A remix for Strange Town Recordings along with EP’s for Beachcoma and Mesmeric have made it a highly creative and memorable year for Deepfunk, which he’s closed out wonderfully with a gorgeous interpretation of ‘Patterns’. Playing brilliantly of Daraspa’s blissful motifs, the Maltese producer has lowered the tempo and reshaped the elements into a kaleidoscopic swirl of texture and harmony. As with most of Deepfunk’s creations it’s his tempered, cinematic build which slowly sucks you in, until your lost in a tripped out collage of psychedelic audio. Inspired work from Deepfunk as always.
The EP concludes with the previously mentioned ‘Antko’, which Sound Avenue fans will remember from Madloch’s O1 Mix CD released earlier this year. Still as fresh as the day it appeared the Dutch producer’s distinctive sound is at its finest here. Set against a billowing groove, a myriad of intriguing motifs run through the piece and ultimately close the release out on a high note. Daraspa certainly made serious waves with his previous work for Sound Avenue but this one far exceeds them and shows a producer on a bright path as 2016 approaches.
‘The Beauty of Silence’ is out now, preview or purchase the release on Beatport: here