Michael & Levan and Stiven Rivic feat Rick Pier O’Neil – Ouija (Mistique)

Mistique Music’s latest presents a huge collaboration from Michael, Levan, Stiven Rivic and Rick Pier O’Neil.

Michael, Levan, Stiven Rivic, Rick Pier O'Neil

It’s not every day you see such an exciting group of producers come together for a project so this is one Mistique Music release that many electronic music fans have been waiting for. It comes at time when Rick has been enjoying a career resurgence of sorts and with remixes from One Million Toys and Rise and Fall it looks to be one of Mistique’s best releases of the year.

The original mix leads the release off and as with all great collaborations you get a cool meld of both producers. The warm rolling grooves of MLSR have been trimmed just a touch in favour of Rick’s more tailored, distinctive low end. The result is a very strong foundation with massive amounts of swing. The atmospheric and melodic content screams MLSR though as layers of textures and a bubbly motif come together for a very dreamy vibe. Distinctive vocal gates float through the framework and add a lot, especially when set against some very melancholic pads. It’s makes for an emotional second half which again seems to come from the MLSR camp while Rick’s rock sold grooves keep the focus firmly on the dance floor. Awesome stuff from this superstar quartet.

The first interpretation of ‘Ouija’ is provided by One Million Toys who is making his fourth appearance on Mistique Music. Sagy Amir aka One Million Toys hails from Israel and first appeared on the scene in 2012 with several releases on Baroque Records. The Israeli psychedelic techno sound is prevalent in Sagy’s music especially early on but recent productions have showcased a broader more progressive sound. For his ‘Ouija’ interpretation One Million Toys has put his own acidic, techno influenced twist on the track. Led by a wealth of twisted electronics and a pristinely crafted groove the track builds nicely to the main break. Here the warped motif and bubbly lines from the original gets showcased before the beats fade back in and the acid lines are unleashed for an intense conclusion. Great remix from One Million Toys.

The second and final interpretation of ‘Ouija’ is provided by Rise and fall who is making his first appearance on Mistique Music. Russian producer Anton Vishniakov aka Rise and Fall began his production career in April of 2013 with a release on Monster Deep but many progressive fans did not discover him until he remixed Blusoul’s ‘Code Talker’s’ which was released in November of last year on Welcome Music. 2015 has gotten off to a great start for Anton with his remix of Steve Haines ‘Memphis’ getting released on Paul Oakenfold’s Perfecto Black in early January. For his ‘Ouija’ interpretation Rise and Fall has taken all those great elements from the original and tightened them up for a big peak time bomb. If you like your progressive house dark and mysterious with an electric flair then you’re sure to love this. it’s rolling groove has a massive presence and the barrage of squelchy synths and effects are monumentally stimulating. There is a haunting beauty tucked away in those shimmering pads, drifting atmospheres and floaty vocal gates though, which all combine for an epic conclusion. Excellent work from Rise and Fall and a top notch release from Mistique Music, one of their best and most anticipated of the year. Don’t miss it.

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