Kastis Torrau

The 52nd release on Sound Avenue finds the label showcasing two brand new remixes of ‘Eye’ by Kastis Torrau & Arnas D.

Kastis Torrau

Originally released in June of 2014 ‘Eye’ was the lead track on the Lithuanian duo’s best selling EP for the Belgian imprint. It’s contemporary club sensibility found a home in a broad range of DJ sets and a year later still retains its fresh edge. Sound Avenue now presents two brand new interpretations from Nikko.Z and Desaturate which update the track for the summer season.

The first interpretation of ‘Eye’ is provided by Nikko.Z who is making his fourth appearance on the label. The Greek producer and Dopamine Music label boss was one of Sound Avenue’s core artists during the label’s early years, and has also appeared on Hernan Cattaneo’s Sudbeat Music and Proton Music. Nikko is fresh off a brilliant remix for ‘Dreamcatcher’ by Lautaro Varela and Uvo and he’s turned in an excellent interpretation of ‘Eye’ here as well. Anchored by deadly beats, charged rhythms and a grungy foundation, Nikko’s mix sets a big presence early. Clever layering adds a fresh breakbeat vibe to the driving groove while bold hooks push the piece into the main breakdown. A sizeable tension mounts as indistinct sirens spiral and acidic rhythms bubble to an effervescent boil. A rush of beats and drums brings the groove back in as a barrage of claps and haunting vocal elements takes you further into the stratosphere. Massive remix from Nikko and certainly one of the biggest of his career.

The second and final interpretation of ‘Eye’ is provided by Desaturate who is making his second appearance on the label. As one half of the famed Progress Inn duo Janko Dragovic aka Desaturate is on a new path with this brand new moniker. It’s already brought much success, with his first ever EP (courtesy of E Sound Records) enjoying a one month long stay in the Beatport Progressive house chart. Subsequent appearances on Madloch’s Sound Avenue 01 CD and Dopamine Music have already made Desaturate a household name in the progressive underground, which he’s sure to build on here with an excellent interpretation of ‘See’. Getting underway with an electric groove, rolling bass stabs and alien-like designs there’s a peak time mentality conveyed straight away. As the piece builds momentum, a wealth of rhythmic elements bounce off each other while indistinct motifs develop in the background. A soft chordal overlay initiates a brief and well timed break before one final charge ensues for the ultimate finish. A cool and classy interpretation from Desaturate which rounds out a superb remix pack from Sound Avenue. Don’t miss it.

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