One of the hottest melodic techno labels of 2013 has undoubtedly been Tvardovsky’s Stereo Paradise. The labels first three releases of the year have all been favourites of ours and remain on the office playlist even months after their release. There is an amazing crop of up and coming talent out there and Stereo Paradise seems to one of the best at showcasing it. The labels fourth release of 2013 is out this week and it sees Russian producer Hells Kitchen returning to the label for his fifth overall appearance and a remix EP which includes new interpretations from:  Willy Real & David Prap, Modum, Mauro Norti and Jonatan Ramonda.

The release begins with Willy Real and David Prap’s rework of ‘Choleric’. The French producers have turned in a brilliantly warped interpretation with a stripped down techno framework and room shaking bass tones. Introspective synths lead to a cinematic drop followed by a section of killer chord changes which caps off a wonderfully produced interpretation from Willy and David. What’s remarkable is the refinement and overall originality of the composition, really fresh and inspiring sounds here.

The second and final interpretation of ‘Choleric’ comes from Modum who are making their second appearance on Stereo Paradise. Russian composers Maxim Gichev and Anton Vlasov make up the Modum production team and they have established themselves amongst some of the most creative up and comers in the melodic scene.  Their interpretation of ‘Choleric’ comes with some delicate and incredibly haunting vocal stabs at the outset which more than creates an intoxicating atmosphere. Poignant melodic keys get scattered throughout the production as it builds towards the heart of the record. Bass heavy chord changes cast a supremely druggy vibe during the drop and the warped brilliance continues as the beats drop back in for a moody  second half which finishes very strong.

The most well known producer on pack Mauro Norti is next  and his appearance here marks his Stereo Paradise debut. Mauro hails from Belarus and has just come off a string of gorgeous productions for Sound Avenue, Wide Angle and Agara Music. Mauro’s ‘Be Stronger’ interpretation more than continues his streak of impressive productions.  It showcases a character laden, futuristic techno groove with lots of shuffling percussion and glitchy sound design. The creeping atmosphere steadily grows as the track reaches the main drop where a substantially eerie feeling comes over the production.  An additional set of beautifully warped melodies lays down a perfectly tweaked vibe which sets the stage for an incredibly moody and tastefully melodic finish.

The final remix on the EP comes from Jonatan Ramonda who is also making his first appearance on Stereo Paradise here. The Argentinean producer has been on the progressive house scene for several years now and has amassed an impressive discography which includes releases on Mistique Music, Balkan Connection, Stellar Fountain and OLD SQL. Jonatan’s ‘Wound’ interpretation closes the EP out on a very strong note. Beginning with some dark undertones and spacey electronics Jonatan’s mix is certainly the most progressive sounding piece on the EP. Filled with wicked acid hooks, brooding chord changes, intense builds and an unrelenting energy this would have to be considered one of Jonatan’s biggest productions to date and the most dance floor worthy production on the EP as well. More great stuff from Stereo Paradise. If you’re a fan of intelligent and emotionally captivating electronica then there is no reason for you not to buy this. Highly recommended. Release Promo Hype Chart Top 25

Review courtesy of: Release Promo

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