Pedro Aguiar – Sonic Canvas (Classound Recordings)

Luis Bondio’s Classound Recordings has grown into one of this year’s most reliable imprints. Not only is it a great outlet to discover exciting new artists like FunkState but it’s also the primary place to hear Luis’ latest remix works. The labels 5th release of 2014 and 15th overall is out this week and it features Pedro Aguiar making his debut on the label. The Portuguese producer is fresh off an appearance on Hernan Cattaneo’s Sudbeats 2 compilation and also has an EP on Guy J’s Lost & Found Records forthcoming. Pedro’s debut single for Classound Recordings is entitled ‘Sonic Canvas’ and it comes with remixes from: Luis Bondio and Navar.

Pedro’s production output is quite varied at times. Some of his works are chunky and groove oriented while others have a more subtle hypnotic drift. ‘Sonic Canvas’ is actually a nice meld of both as it offers a very club worthy foundation of chunky bass stabs while the cascading keys and mesmerizing atmospherics tantalize your senses above. Pedro’s well sculpted grooves are some of the best around and his drum framework here is so strong that the spacey complement of electronics doesn’t detract from its dance floor sensibility one bit. Outstanding work from Pedro and really looking forward to his upcoming productions.

The first remix is supplied by Luis Bondio who is returning to his home imprint for the eighth time. Luis has continued to grow as a producer this year and has once again found great success with an appearance on Hernan Canttaneo’s Sudbeats Volume 2 compilation released just last week. For his ‘Sonic Canvas’ interpretation the Argentinean producer has stayed relatively true to the main themes from the original. Luis’ funky, stripped down version offers a new twist on the spacey electronics from the original while focusing on Pedro’s strong rhythmic components. The result is a more than worthy companion to the excellent original.

The second and final interpretation is provided by Navar who is making his first appearance on Classound Recordings. The Dutch producer has been one of the most unique and inspiring artists to emerge in the last several years. Guy J has been singing his praises since 2012 and has had Navar appear on his Lost & Found imprint twice now. The Navar sound is constantly evolving and his interpretation of ‘Sonic Canvas’ is further proof of that. In one of the most ambitious remixes of his career the Dutch producer has reworked Pedro’s lush original into a tightly constructed metallic techno epic. The ten minute plus journey is not only my favourite version on the release but it’s something you’ll still be exploring several listens in. Don’t miss it. Brilliant release from Luis Bondio’s Classound Recordings.

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