Progressive House Reviews

Han Haak – Slaves In Transit (Sound Avenue)

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The 41st release on Sound Avenue finds the Belgian imprint showcasing the winner’s from the labels recent Han Haak ‘Slaves In Transit’ remix competition.

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The Original version was one of the standout selections on the labels 2013 Summer Sampler. The remix competition yielded several worthy submissions and after narrowing down nearly one hundred entries to ten label boss Dominique Heyninck began the arduous task of selecting the ones best suited to the ever evolving Sound Avenue umbrella. With a commissioned remix from Sebastian Markiewicz already in the bag the three competition winners chosen in the end were Mohn (NL), Phonic Scoupe and Matt Cahill.

The first (and previously commissioned) remix is supplied by Sebastian Markiewicz who makes his Sound Avenue debut following three appearances on sister imprint Crossfade Sounds. The Polish producer’s mammoth techno take on ‘Slaves In Transit’ shines with a tough granular groove, futuristic sound swells and apocalyptic overtones which are sure to be devastating on the darker dancefloors.

Capturing the prestigious first place spot in the competition was Mohn (NL) who has already achieved some nice success with an appearance on Hernan Cattaneo’s Sudbeats Volume 2 compilation which was released in June of this year. The Dutch producers inspired take on timeless techno has been perfectly captured once again on his ‘Slaves In Transit’ remix. It’s shimmering keys and shifty tones are undeniably catchy and the blissful harmonic underbelly is the icing on the cake. A standout interpretation from a future star in the making.

Second place in the competition went to the hugely up and coming Phonic Scoupe. In addition to a strong run of releases on Stripped Recordings the production trio has turned in several outstanding bootlegs this year. For their ‘Slaves In Transit’ interpretation Phonic Scoupe have turned in a deep and groovy rework which proves to be an excellent contrast to the previous more techno inspired mixes. It’s elastic-like bass hooks, drifting soundscapes and expertly tailored electronics make for one of the best remixes of their career thus far.

Closing the release out is the third place winner and relative newcomer Matt Cahill. With no previously released productions Matt took a shot in the competition and scored big. His atmospheric tech house reconstruction proves to not only be a great addition to the package but the beginnings of a very promising production career.

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