Kastis Torrau, Arnas D, Eye, Take Over, Sound Avenue, Sasha

The Lithuanian duo of Kastis Torrau & Arnas D have been long been regarded as one of the tightest productions duos in progressive house. After winning the Sasha Burn Studios remix competition in 2011 Kastis and Arnas went on to appear on a wide range of cutting edge imprints including: Last Night on Earth, Darin Epsilon’s Perspectives Digital and Michael & Levan and Stiven Rivic’s Kunai Records. Sound Avenue is fresh off the release of label owner Madloch’s collaboration with Matias Vila entitled ‘Reading Souls’. The 12 minute plus opus marked the long awaited return of Madloch which was heavily favoured by Nick Warren and Hernan Cattaneo. The Belgian label now presents its 37th overall release which features the debut of Kastis Torrau and Arnas D. The Lithuanian duo’s new double a-side EP is entitled ‘Eye / Take Over’.

The lead track on the release ‘Eye’ begins with some perfectly layered beats which carry a keen nose for the dance floor. Hook heavy rhythms add a resilient bounce to the framework and the complement of sinister vocal gates provides a trailing hypnotic effect that’s completely contagious. The spacious groove is charged with energy and as the modulation gets cranked up the track reaches the main breakdown. Here a wealth of aquatic sounds and grinding tones build tension before the beats unexpectedly return for a dynamic moment. The bouncy rhythms continue to build throughout the second half with the punishing beats and layered claps growing seemingly more intense with each passing loop. You’d be hard pressed to find a more a meticulously produced club construction. Certainly one of Kastis Torrau & Arnas D’s best studio creations to date.

The companion piece ‘Take Over’ carries the same brooding vibes created by ‘Eye’ but expands on them even further. The Lithuanian duo have once again carved out a killer foundation with electric bass stabs that roll off each other with rising momentum. Eerie hooks and a complement of driving drums then combine for the ultimate groove and carry the piece to the main break. Here the intricacies of the electronics really shine and a rising tension gets created with sonic sweeps and interwoven sequences eventually building to a boil. The meditative theme continues to evolve throughout the second act and peaks with a classy elegance that electronic music fans have come to expect from Kastis Torrau & Arnas D. It’s the perfect melodic companion to ‘Eye’ and it closes the release out very strong.

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