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Mehmet Akar – Take Care of Yourself EP (Sound Avenue)

Top Belgian imprint Sound Avenue returns for their 20th overall release which follows what is arguably the labels biggest release to date. Madloch & Beat Syndrome’s ‘Waiting Game’ came with remixes from Luis Junior and Facundo Mohrr. The release earned support from Hernan Cattaneo, Nick Warren, Guy J, Sasha, Cid Inc., Ryan Davis and Microtrauma. Luis’ remix was not only charted by Hernan but was also considered by many as one of the Spanish producers best remixes to date. Sound Avenue keeps the labels strong momentum going with their 20th release which sees the return of one of Turkey’s finest producers to the label for his first EP. Mehmet Akar first came to our attention when he was announced as one of the finalists in Sasha’s Burn Studios remix competition last year. Subsequent productions for Manual and Outside The Box solidified Mehmet as a strong up and coming talent in the electronic music underground. Sound Avenue is proud to present Mehmet’s ‘Take Care of Yourself EP’ which comes with three brand new original productions.

The EP gets underway with ‘The Edge Of Nowhere’ which begins with some very moving melodic elements and glimmering atmospheric accents. The introduction of a silky smooth and incredibly soulful vocal adds even further emotional depth to the production. Warm harmonies and subtle electronic intricacies carry the track through its second act where additional vocal wails and heavenly chord changes provide some amazing goose bump moments.

The second offering and also the EPs title cut ‘Take Care Of Yourself’ follows with a similarly poignant melodic vibe. An incredibly funky and harmonically pleasing bass line roots the composition with soft vocal gates and a meandering atmosphere surrounding the framework. This leads to the main break which showcases some gorgeous musicality and a spoken word radio sample which oozes character. The track closes with the smooth bass tones and wavering harmonics creating a sleek flow of melodies that are perfect for today’s contemporary dance floors.

The EP is capped off with ‘Grey Morning’ which certainly goes down as one of Mehmet’s most fashionable sounding pieces to date. A well crafted groove brings a smooth flow to the track while scattered pianos and a waning melodic tone provide some perfect dulcet moments. The scenic sounding break sounds tailor made for a well educated back room and as the track picks back up those scattered pianos never sounded better as the track concludes with a smooth and soulful finish. Three outstanding cuts from Mehmet which comprise what is a very timeless sounding EP. Great stuff from Sound Avenue. Highly Recommended. Release Promo Hype Chart #7

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