Sound Avenue’s fledgling progressive house offshoot 3rd Avenue returns with a new EP from Monojoke which marks their final release of 2014.
It’s been a great year for the Belgian imprint. 3rd Avenue has featured some of the scenes favourites like Micheal & Levan and Stiven Rivic, East Cafe, Martin Garcia and Silinder along with exciting new talent like Ubbah, Mauro Rodriguez and LOM. Polish producer Monojoke would have to be considered one of the label veterans having appeared seven times in the last calendar year. His new two track ‘Kaleidoscopic Echoes’ EP marks his eighth appearance and looks to be his strongest outing yet.
Progressive house (and electronic music in general) has gotten much deeper over the last two years. Monojoke however has stuck to his guns and continued producing the genres bigger and more traditional sound. The lead track here ‘Kaleidoscopic’ features more of the unabashedly epic production qualities that we’ve come to expect from him. It’s tough, energetic groove is well complemented with cool vocal gates, shifting sheets of white noise and a lovely hypnotic synth which lifts the production considerably. As the track begins to strip itself down into the main break a more prominent melodic theme ascends into the mix. These fuzzy tones carry the track though a brief and goosebump heavy break and on into a percussion fueled third act which provides a rousing climax.
The companion piece ‘Echoes’ features more of Monojoke’s trademark percussion heavy sound. Mixed in with the driving, drum heavy groove are some lovely mallet-like keys and a subtle but gorgeous horn lead. The main break takes the theme a few notches higher with some dazzling modulation and a big payoff which should be dynamite on the dance floor. Great EP from Monojoke who I think many would consider one of 2014’s most consistent progressive house producers.