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Lautaro Varela – Downing Street (3rd Avenue)

Sound Avenue’s new ‘3rd Avenue’ imprint has started extremely fast. The labels fist two releases from Blusoul and Ziger have already made their mark in the electronic music underground and for their third release the label looks to grow even further. Lautaro Varela is one of the hotly tipped producers coming out of the talent rich Argentinean scene at the moment. His creative bootlegs, original productions and remixes have earned radio, chart and club support from Hernan Cattaneo with Nick Warren and Sasha also having good things to say about his work. Lautaro makes his debut on 3rd Avenue here with his latest studio creation entitled ‘Downing Street’ which comes with remixes from: Graziano Raffa and MUUI.

Lautaro’s original leads the release off with an airy atmospheric backdrop along with a tough kick and some aquatic sounding electronics. Waves of atmospheric swells begin to surround the framework which leads to the introduction of an elastic sounding hypnotic bass line. The rolling groove quickly gets complemented with a vibrant shaker and some mind bending modulation on the rolling hypnotics. The main break focuses on a series of tension filled tones that come with a brilliant coat of fuzzy distortion. As the wavering groove fades back in the tension mounts before the tightly constructed groove drops down for a welcome return and warm finish to the record.

The first remix is supplied by Graziano Raffa who is making his debut on not only 3rd Avenue but the entire Sound Avenue collective of labels. Residing in the electronic music hotbed of Barcelona, Spain Graziano looks to be one of the most talked about new comers on the scene this year. With forthcoming productions on Hernan Cattaneo’s Sudbeat Music and Bermudos the next month looks to be huge for Graziano. His ‘Downing Street’ interpretation will only add to his rapidly growing fan base as it looks set to be one of his most unique rework’s to date. A floor worthy groove with some wonderful late night tones sit at the foundation while fluttering electronics and warm waves of synths tease the senses. Softly textured stabs form a wonderful rhythmic cluster which adds just the right amount of funk to the smooth and spacey groove which pushes the track on a marvellous hypnotic journey. A backroom anthem in the making from Graziano no doubt.

The final remix on the package comes from the currently hyped MUUI. Patrik Carrera aka MUUI hails from Australia and has just come off some very successful releases on Eelke Kleijn’s Outside The Box Music. MUUI’s incredibly unique and eclectic style has caught the ears of both Hernan Cattaneo and Nick Warren who both have featured his work in their recent radio sets. MUUI’s ‘Downing Street’ interpretation closes the release out on a very strong note. Based around what is likely the toughest construction on the package MUUI’s bubbly electronics and hook heavy sequences get a wicked groove going early on. The composition builds with drifted atmospheres and big drums accenting the tough groove just right. Some wonderfully warped modulation on the lead line carries the track through an intense middle section where some heavy claps and vibrant sweeps complement the dynamic groove just perfectly for a wicked finish. Release Promo Hype Chart Top 25

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