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John Debo – Reticent Hues (Sound Avenue)

Sound Avenue celebrates its 50th release by welcoming John Debo to the label for a brand new single entitled ‘Reticent Hues’.

John Debo - Reticent Hues

The US artist was an integral part in the development of electronic music in the United States. John founded two of Boston’s pioneering club nights – Chrome & Avaland, which were conceived as conduits to bring forward thinking DJs and upfront dance music from around the world to Boston. These storied club nights were cultivated into two of the world’s best electronic music showcases which routinely featured John Digweed and Sasha. John’s own studio productions also flourished in a similar matter, appearing on Bedrock Records, FFRR and his own Mindwarp Records imprint. John’s debut single for Sound Avenue is entitled ‘Reticent Hues’ and it comes with remixes from Deepfunk and Dustin Nantais.

For those lucky enough to get a copy of Madloch’s Sound Avenue #01 mixed CD you’ve already had an early preview of ‘Reticent Hues’. It’s deep and moody grooves proved to be a standout on the mix and many followers of the label have already been calling for its release. The deep, brooding sensibilities which dominate the first act are striking but there’s an interesting story which follows. The addition of tranquil synths and dubby textures see the stark beats and temperamental vibes develop a soothing, melancholic air. It’s an enlightening narrative and one which John’s uniquely tailored beats keep firmly on the dance floor. Definitely one to the set an amazing atmosphere in any room.

The first interpretation of ‘Reticent Hues’ is provided by Malcolm Abdilla aka Deepfunk who is returning to Sound Avenue for his third appearance. The Maltese producer is fresh off the release of his highly regarded ‘Secret Souls’ single alongside a Petar Dundov remix. Malcolm’s past interpretations for Sound Avenue (of Liz Cirelli and Vinayak A) remain standouts on the label and he’s turned in an excellent interpretation of ‘Reticent Hues’. Beginning with a pulsating foundation and soft textural overlay it’s an immediately inviting creation. The techno inspired groove picks up momentum quickly as a wealth of melodic motifs begin to develop. Warm chord changes along with eerily, mesmerizing lines carry the track into a brief but very effective break. Cascades of drums and broken rhythms quickly summon the groove back for a third act of offset sonics and drifting lines which lift the emotion even higher. Another standout production from Deepfunk.

The second and final interpretation of ‘Reticent Hues’ is provided by Dustin Nantais who is making his first appearance on Sound Avenue. The Canadian producer has enjoyed much success the last calendar year. Appearances on Manual Music, Perspectives Digital, Proton Music and Stripped Recordings have all been stellar and by all accounts the remainder of 2015 looks to be even stronger. Dustin has this amazing ability at crafting smooth energetic grooves that you just want to dance to and his ‘Reticent Hues’ interpretation is no different. The reworked bass line has a smooth, funky roll and a fresh top line of fantastic hooks adds intrigue and emotion. Waves of percussion bring a warm rush out of the main break along with sultry vocal elements which further mystify the senses. It’s a wonderful remix from a producer whose studio repertoire is growing at an unfathomable rate. Another amazing release on Sound Avenue which is full of variety, talent and musical quality. Don’t miss it.

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