Progressive House Reviews

Lenny Lenoks – Emotions EP (Crossfade Sounds)

The 16th release on Crossfade Sounds is out this week and it features the return of Lenny Lenoks to the label. The Hungarian producer is generally paired with his fellow countryman Amethyst but here we find two brand new solo productions from him. Lenny’s two newest studio productions are entitled ‘My Soul Is Gone’ and ‘When You Come’ which come with remixes from David Calo, Dontknower and Moojaa.

‘My Soul Is Gone’ kicks the EP off with a wicked late night vibe. The back room style groove is incredibly funky and also very seductive sounding. The smooth rolling vibes are destined for dance floor success and once the rhythms build up around the framework the energy really starts to build. The real standout element though is the simple piano stab, when that drops in the track just takes off and expect your dance floor to follow suit with an energetic rush. Classy sounding stuff from Lenny. The first remix comes from David Calo who is making his third appearance on Crossfade Sounds. We first heard from David with his remix of Simon Firth & Sven Hauck ‘Devices Strange’ which was released on Crossfade in January of this year. Here David does a wonderful job with his ‘My Soul is Gone’ remix. The Argentinean producer has crafted a dark and chunky groove with some really nice character. The mood lightens as the more rhythmic elements get added into the mix; the vocal parts and washed out synths complement each other well and a killer hypnotic groove is formed. Then the atmosphere of the piece starts to build dramatically and with it so does the dance floor tension which peaks at around the six minute mark. This is the best work we’ve heard from David yet and it’s a real back room monster in the making. The second and final remix of ‘My Soul Is Gone’ comes from Dontknower who is making his first appearance on Crossfade Sounds. Spiros Kollias aka Dontknower hails from Greece and following some productions for KP Recordings and Panda he is embarking on his biggest release yet here with Crossfade Sounds. Spiros has delivered a superb complement to the other versions as it’s a bit more stripped down and delicate sounding. The vocal stabs and vibrant hits really shine and give the track some nice dance floor ‘pop’ so to speak. It rounds out a nice selection of mixes for the A-side cut and definitely proves that Dontknower is headed for bigger and better things. Outstanding work from Dontknower.

The second original on the package ‘When You Come’ is next and offers a drummy tech house groove which really rocks. Lots of crashing drums and long sweeps lead to the introduction of an absolutely wicked vocal gate which sets the piece off on a great mood. Piano stabs are also a dynamic part of this production with a cool sequence adding some lovely bounce to the groove. The atmospheres waver nicely and with that the main drop begins to take shape. Nice drum fills along with subtle bass stabs keep a hint of the groove before the full complement of beats drop back in for a smooth energetic rush and great finish. The lone remix comes from ‘Moojaa’ who is making his first appearance on Crossfade Sounds. The UK based producer shot into the electronic music spotlight when Sasha played his remix of Paula Pedroza and Jonny L’s – ‘Anjos’, as the first track of his set on the BBC 500th Essential Mix live from Circus, Liverpool, in the Summer of 2010.Since then Moojaa has added nicely to his discography with releases on Stripped Digital, Hype Musik, Light Digital and Divert. For his ‘When You Come’ interpretation Moojaa has slowed the tempo down somewhat and added some amazing musicality along with some warped brilliance as well. Certainly the funkiest and most creative production on the package that deserves more than a few good listens. Crossfade Sounds continues to impress with some of the best A&R in the industry and the most unique releases around at the moment. Highly Recommended.

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