Flow Vinyl kicks off 2015 by welcoming Pedro Aguiar back to the label with his Airhead EP.
The Portuguese producer seems to have found a home on Flow Vinyl. This marks his third appearance on the label all of which have been high profile original projects. ‘Airhead’ is no different as not only includes two incredible originals but also a remix from Petar Dundov.
In an industry where a volume based approach seems to becoming more and more common Pedro’s calculated path is quite refreshing. Last year saw the Portuguese producer with several key releases with an appearance on Hernan Cattaneo’s Sudbeats Volume 2 compilation being just one of the highlights. His productions have always carried a very interesting organic textural sound and it’s one that’s showcased on his deeper material as well as the new school progressive creations. The lead track here “Airhead’ finds Pedro crafting a late night prog tech hybrid with tremendous results. A smooth, harmonious groove sits at the foundation while a complement of warm dubby rhythms, angelic pads and vocal gates push the vibe into celestial territory.
The companion piece ‘Audacity’ is a much housier affair which again carries many of Pedro’s much loved production hallmarks. Gentle waves of atmosphere and rhythm make for a smooth yet groovy journey but the rolling waves of synths which lead the track out of the break are the star of show, I could listen to that for hours, just beautiful work form Pedro. Sometimes there’s only so much you can do to put music justly into words and what I can say here without any hesitation is there are some guys that just have a cool sound and Pedro is definitely one. Two stellar cuts here that I’ve been listening to a lot lately.
The lone remix of ‘Airhead’ is provided by Petar Dundov who is making his first appearance on Flow Vinyl. The Croatian artist is one of the most storied techno producers of the last 20 years, Petar’s music stretches sonic boundaries like almost no one else. His inimitable style is marked with timeless qualities and has long been a favourite of legendary DJs (yes actually legendary in this case) John Digweed, Laurent Garnier and Sven Vath. 2014 was marked with several notable achievements including another stellar collaborative EP with Gregor Tresher and his Origins / Rise’ double A-side for Musicman being the most notable. Petar’s ‘Airhead’ interpretation reminds me quite a bit of his Spooky ‘Polymorph’ remix from 2011, it was one of Petar’s most emotionally rich records and this is well in line with that. The storyboard from the original has been reinvented and incredibly well conveyed here which should prove quite engaging both from a listening and club perspective. Like most of Petar’s best work it builds with an effortless glide into a goosebump inducing finale with the mods intensifying and layers of blissful textures pushing the vibe higher. A gorgeous remix from Petar which rounds out one of this year’s best releases so far. If you consider yourself a fan of fresh and emotionally stimulating electronic music then there is no reason not to go out and buy this release for your collection. Highly Recommended.