Progressive House Reviews

Lautaro Varela – Gone (A|LOT)

Lautaro Varela has been an integral fixture of Argentina’s talent rich progressive house scene for several years now. His vast array of bootlegs, original productions and remixes have earned radio, chart and club support from Hernan Cattaneo. A pivotal moment in Lautaro’s career came just about a year ago when his ‘Downing Street’ was picked up by Sound Avenue’s 3rd Avenue division and was subsequently released with remixes from MUUI and Graziano Raffa. Now a year later we see Lautaro launching his very own imprint under the moniker of A|LOT. The labels first release is a brand new single from Lautaro entitled ‘Gone’ which includes remixes from Antu Coimbra, Genius Spark and Demian Moreno.

Lautaro’s original begins with some well textured beats and lovely hypnotic keys. The soft atmospheric backdrop casts a wonderful glowing vibe over the punchy framework and the soft vocal stabs are heavenly to say the least. The keys are definitely reminiscent to the Luke Chable / James Holden golden era of progressive house and fans of that classic sound should absolutely love this. The smooth flowing harmonics carry the track with ease to the drop where a brief ambient interlude is followed by a short sweeping build which reveals the floaty groove for a harmonious finish. One of Lautaro’s all time best and a great piece to kick off A|LOT.

The first remix is supplied by Antu Coimbra who first came to my attention with his appearance on the Baires Compiled Collection from 2013. With forthcoming releases on Hope Recordings and Sullivan Room 2014 looks to be very promising for the Argentinean producer. Antu’s ‘Gone’ interpretation has been the most well received on the release as it currently sits at #5 in the Release Promo Hype Chart. In adding a warmer, fuller sounding foundation all while staying true to the strong musical themes from the original Antu’s mix is a more beefed up, club friendly rework that complements Lautaro’s very well. Hoping to hear more from this new talent very soon.

The second interpretation is provided by Genius Spark. Fernando Ortiz and Hugo Ibarra make up the Genius Spark production team and had considerable hype surrounding them towards the end of 2013. Appearances on Movement Recordings, Stripped and Sounds of Earth more than solidified the Genius Spark name and it’s great to see them with a remix here as the alias has been quiet for the majority of 2014. Fans of Genius Spark’s dreamy production style will not be disappointed as the duo have a crafted a deeply atmospheric interpretation that is full of trippy harmonies. The rolling drums, futuristic electronics and gorgeous hypnotic elements carve out a wicked groove that builds effortlessly towards the main break. Here the wavering tones continue to ascend skyward while the delicate bell patterns continue to work their magic. The return of the groove is monumental with all the atmospheric and percussive elements coming together for a charged vortex. Outstanding remix from Genius Spark.

The third and final remix on the release comes from Demian Moreno. The Argentinean producer came into the spotlight during the summer of 2013 when his remix of Neftali Blasko’s ‘Time Traveller’ was played by Hernan Cattaneo. Demian continued his strong production ways to close the year out but has been very quiet thus far in 2014. His remix here is in fact his first new production of the year with his last one coming on Praveen Achary’s Juicebox Music label in late December. It’s certainly a welcome return for Demian as he’s delivered a very cool remix of ‘Gone’. The Argentinean’s deep, hypnotic groove sounds well suited for a back room and the chopped up take on the melodic elements puts an entirely new twist on things. It’s a perfect warm-up record and it closes out a great first release on A|LOT very strong. Can’t wait to see what this label has in store for us for the remainder of 2014. Highly Recommended.

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