Progressive House Reviews

Lexicon Avenue & Andrew Best feat. Slim Wall – Slide (Perspectives Digital)

The 36th release on Darin Epsilon’s Perspectives Digital is a special collaboration between legendary producer Lexicon Avenue, Andrew Best, and vocalist Slim Wall.

Lexicon Avenue & Andrew Best feat. Slim Wall - Slide

Perhaps best known for his Depeche Mode ‘Only When I Lose Myself’ interpretation, Chris Scott of Lexicon Avenue has been on the cutting edge of electronic music for over 10 years. He boasts a discography which includes releases on Audio Therapy, Hooj Choons, Ministry of Sound, Mute, Renaissance, and Yoshitoshi. UK producer Andrew Best spent many years collaborating with Lexicon Avenue and Mic Burns of Blue Haze fame before beginning a successful solo endeavor in 2013.

Long noted for their timeless approach to club grooves, Lexicon Avenue and Andrew Best have crafted another haunting composition in ‘Slide’. Layered beats, delicate rhythms, and indistinct atmospheres set the stage for Slim Wall’s stunning vocals. Effortless and lush, they play off the well carved foundation perfectly, while a subtle motif initiates the breakdown. Warm swells and misty atmospheres make for a poignant interlude, foreshadowing the elegant conclusion to come. A charming production from Lexicon Avenue and Andrew Best which will stand the test of time for many years to come.

The first interpretation of ‘Slide’ is provided by Lithuanian producer Kastis Torrau. As one of the country’s foremost talents and winner of Sasha’s Burn Studios remix competition, Kastis continues to be one of the underground’s most in demand artists. His ‘Slide’ interpretation is sure to be a standout in his discography with its energetic, club friendly vibe leading the charge. Anchored by tough, syncopated beats and a smooth harmonic groove, it builds effortlessly with Slim Wall’s lush vocals adding an elegant touch along the way. A well crafted breakdown adds dramatic tension, furthering the sonic scope before a rush of crystalline noise washes the atmosphere away for a tasteful drop.

The final interpretation of ‘Slide’ is provided by UK talent Joseph Thomas Price, better known as Third Son, who is making his first appearance on the label. Less than a year into his third production alias, he has already found a home on Suara, Noir Music, and Definitive Recordings. Danny Tenaglia and Maceo Plex have been two of his biggest supporters and he’s turned in a fabulous interpretation of ‘Slide’ for his Perspectives debut. Its brooding groove and storyboard of haunting stabs provides an engaging journey. A dubbier take on the vocal elements allows the contemporary designs to excel and provides a rousing conclusion to the release. A wonderful remix from one of this year’s brightest stars. Don’t miss it.

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