Michael & Levan and Stiven Rivic – Keep In Touch (Kunai Records)

The seventh release on Kunai Records finds the label bosses Michael & Levan and Stiven Rivic returning with their latest studio creation.

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The much loved trio last appeared on their home imprint with ‘Domino Effect’ which was released in June of this year. ‘Keep In Touch’ is their latest and comes with two amazing remixes from Quivver and Ioan Gamboa.

Michael & Levan and Stiven Rivic have always diversified their sound. A look back over their discography shows a huge body of work with all spectrums of progressive music being explored at one time or another. ‘Keep In Touch’ continues the recent trend into deep, driving and trippy territory. Following a strong intro filled with lovely aquatics and ethereal sounding vocal elements a massive groove eventually drops in and charges forward. It’s rolling gallop is immediately powerful and the surrounding design complements it well. A dazzling display of sonic sounds and warm rhythms lead the track into the main breakdown. Here a more distinct theme is unleashed with grinding sound swells and waning tones combining for some strong harmonic hooks. The electricity further multiplies in the second half with phasing rhythms and driving bass lines pushing the track to an epic conclusion. Another big but also sonically satisfying production from Michael & Levan and Stiven Rivic.

The first remix is supplied John Graham aka Quivver who is making his debut appearance on Kunai Records. The storied UK producer has never wavered over the course of his now 20 plus year career. Quivver’s unmistakeable grooves remain some of the most powerful and effective around. Fresh off an outstanding production for his Boz Boz imprint Quivver delivers an excellent club rendition of ‘Keep In Touch’. John has stripped the production right down and has once again nailed a contemporary groove based monster. Reshaped elements from the original have been transformed into highly infectious, rhythmic hooks and the tough, techy framework is undeniably groovy. Another outstanding remix from Quivver which you’re bound to be hearing a lot in the coming months.

The second and final remix on the release is provided by Ioan Gamboa who is also making his first appearance on Kunai Records. The Spanish born but now Berlin based producer has had a great 2014 thus far. It’s a year that saw the release of his debut album ‘Vibrations’ along with a nice complement of singles for Balkan Connection and Proton Music. For his ‘Keep In Touch’ interpretation Ioan has delivered a trippy, musical sounding masterpiece. The tough framework keeps things neatly on the dance floor while layers of spacey electronics tantalize the senses. Crisp percussion and strong hypnotic rhythms push the track into the main break where the main themes from the original get reinvented wonderfully. The breakdown’s drummy build and spacey top end is full of anticipatory vibes and the restrained re-entry is sure to be a delight for the educated club goers out there. Fabulous remix from Ioan which rounds out a top notch release on Kunai Records once again.

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