Michael & Levan and Stiven Rivic – Wasteland (3rd Avenue)

Michael & Levan and Stiven Rivic helped launch Sound Avenue’s progressive house offshoot 3rd Avenue in April of 2013. The much loved trio appeared on the labels inaugural release supplying a remix of Blusoul’s ‘Omega’. Also regular contributors to Sound Avenue this week sees Michael & Levan and Stiven Rivic with their first single for 3rd Avenue. It’s entitled ‘Wasteland’ and it comes with remixes from: Yunta, Dmitry Molosh and Eze Ramirez.

Looking over the feedback for Michael & Levan and Stiven Rivic’s original version I’ve seen a few DJs remark how this is one of the trio’s best ever tracks. That’s a bold statement given how many stellar productions MLSR do have. With that said ‘Wasteland’ is definitely one of their grooviest and most contemporary productions to date. The deep grooves and warped electronics add a very unique flair which is sure to be dynamite on the dance floor and also shows the trios incredible creativity. Ultimately though it’s the wicked hypnotic elements and the waning, tension filled drone that really stands out here. When it all hits following the main breakdown it’s a magic moment that shows Michael & Levan and Stiven Rivic at their absolute best.

The first remix is provided by Yunta who has been very quiet of late. Christophe Chantzis & Erik Vanspauwen make up the Yunta production team and their last outing was just about a year ago on the Funktripes label. The duo was an integral part of Sound Avenue in its early years as they appeared on the label several times over the course of its first year. For their ‘Wasteland’ interpretation Christophe and Erik have added a much heavier, deeper groove which really carries some serious weight. The elements from the original have been chopped and re-processed to near perfection as they complement the tracks powerful framework. It’s a much dreamier more atmospheric vibe as well which offset’s the heaviness of the foundation perfectly. Probably the best Yunta production to date and it really stands out here.

The second remix and the one that seems to be receiving the most attention on the release comes from Dmitry Molosh. The Belarus producer has been closely linked with the Sound Avenue collective of late along with fellow countryman Michael A. Dmitry’s ‘Wasteland’ interpretation has received glowing support from both Armin van Buuren and Paul Oakenfold; it’s not surprising as I could see his crisp, progressive sound fitting in well with their famed warm-up material. Dmitry’s beats just seem to have that extra bounce that a lot of producers don’t have and the production really has a lot of ‘pop’ as a result. It’s hard to put a foot wrong with the great textures from Michael & Levan and Stiven Rivic’s original and Dmitry has gone one better in adding a haunting melodic element as well. It makes the second half of the record much more emotional as a result and could be a major reason the bigger DJs have given it the nod.

The final remix is supplied Eze Ramirez who is now making his seventh appearance on 3rd Avenue. The Argentinean producer has been one of the labels biggest contributors since its inception and he’s delivered the perfect interpretation to close the release out. Eze’s slow burning rework comes with a smooth dubby feel which has that cool, late night vibe that I just love. There are lots of interesting elements that Eze has added here, in particular the big growling bassy swells which are just perfect. The make the second half of the record for me and add immensely to the already amazing atmosphere the track has. Great stuff from Eze and a very good release from 3rd Avenue.

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