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Mauri Norti – Touching Hands (Agara Music)

The second release on Travis MacDonald’s Agara Music is out this week and it finds the young imprint building on the success of its first release. Mauro Norti makes his debut on the label here after a string of gorgeous productions for Sound Avenue and Wide Angle Recordings. Mauro hails from Belarus and his melodic techno sound has been enchanting many over the last couple of years, his new single for Agara is entitled ‘Touching Hands’ and it comes with remixes from Max Cue and Indieveed.

Mauro’s original kicks the package off with a wobbly groove that’s accented by some well processed tones that add a nice vibrancy to the production early on. As the drum elements build the so too does the melodic theme with additional bells adding to the cool hypnotic nature of the track. The main break is a wonderful showcase of delicately processed bells and charming melodic themes. It’s deeply emotional and totally mesmerizing all at the same time. If you’re a fan of emotionally intelligent techno then there is no reason for you not to buy this record, another splendid production from Mauro who we expect big things from in 2013.

The first remix is supplied by Max Cue who many melodic techno and progressive house fans may know from his releases on Paul Hazendonk’s Manual Music and MNL labels. This is Max’s debut appearance on Agara and he’s delivered a spectacular remix of ‘Touching Hands’. Max has put his own unique twist on the melodic elements from the original and added an additional warmth that provides an even deeper emotional vibe. It’s one of those remixes that’s just worked out perfectly as it retains the amazing theme or feeling from the original but has added a slightly different dimension to teh production as well. Brilliant work from Max.

The final interpretation on the package comes from Indieveed who is also making his first appearance on Agara here. The young Ukrainian producer has only a few credits on his discography but he’s already had EPs on Bermudos and MNL so he’s certainly off to a great start in his production career. Indieveed’s ‘Touching Hands’ interpretation strips things down nicely for a cool techno rework that’s got a big character drenched bass line, fresh electronics and wavering melodies for what results in a great conclusion to the EP. Travis MacDonald’s Agara Music is going places in 2013, it’s great to see another Canadian label putting out such great music and we can’t wait to see how much the label will grow over the course of this year. Release Promo Hype Chart Top 25

Review courtesy of: Release Promo

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