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Lonya & Alley Cat – Bedtime Stories (Sound Avenue)

By all accounts it’s been a great year for Lonya. The Israeli producer has continued to push cutting edge electronic music on his Asymmetric Recordings imprint and his productions have appeared on Hernan Cattaneo’s Sudbeat Music. The 38th release on Sound Avenue finds Lonya returning to the label for his fourth overall appearance and a new collaborative single. The Israeli producer has teamed up with a mysterious new studio partner by the name of Alley Cat. The result of this newly paired duo’s first studio collaboration together is entitled ‘Bedtime Stories’ and it comes with remixes from Jay Tripwire and Wes Straub.

The ‘Bedtime Stories’ original gets underway with a powerful framework that’s adorned with smooth shifting tones and a soft hypnotic underbelly of aquatic keys. A short break brings the glistening keys to the forefront and the powerful groove soon returns along with a wealth of harmonic swells which breathe an air of melodious psychedelia into the mix. Following a blissful main break the seemingly endless cascade of keys drives the emotion higher along with a series of interwoven chords and heavenly pads which offer an unforgettable conclusion.

The first remix is supplied by Jay Tripwire who is making his debut appearance on Sound Avenue. The storied 15 year career of the Canadian has seen him maintain a contemporary take on electronic club music both in the studio as a producer and on the dance floor as a DJ. Jay’s discography is meticulously kept and showcases releases on Pokerflat and Hypercolor. For his ‘Bedtime Stories’ interpretation Jay has stripped the original right down and delivered a funky, late night gem of a production. The delicate hypnotic lines, poignant hits and mesmerizing rhythms lead to a wealth of fresh electronics which ignite the track as the main break approaches. Following the tastefully crafted interlude and drummy build the records second act furthers the musical boundaries set by the original with a finale of profound emotional depth. Definitely one of Jay’s most magical studio creations to date.

The second and final remix on the release is provided by Wes Straub who is also making his debut on Sound Avenue. Residing in Calgary, Wes Straub has become of Canada’s most sought after production and DJ talents. He’s headlined clubs across Canada, the U.S. and Mexico as well as the world famous island of Ibiza, Spain. A permanent staple in Calgary’s burgeoning nightlife Wes has had the honour of sharing the decks with Markus Schulz, Nick Warren, Jody Wisternoff, Max Graham and Laidback Luke. A pivotal moment in Wes’s production career came in 2013 when he was announced as the winner of the Markus Schulz & Ferry Corsten (New World Punx) remix competition. He has since gone on to appear on a variety of top imprints including John OO Fleming’s JOOF Recordings and Glenn Morrison’s Morrison Recordings. For his ‘Bedtime Stories’ interpretation Wes has reworked the best elements from the original into a deep trance construction that’s full of great emotional energy. The stripped groove lays down a solid foundation and allows the heartfelt melodies to carry the track into the main break. The tasteful re-entry sees the melodies getting washed away and the dynamic groove slowly rebuilding for an invigorating conclusion.

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