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Phonic Scoupe – Portico Garden (BC2 Records)

The latest release on BC2 finds Phonic Scoupe making their label debut with ‘Portico Garden’.

Phonic Scoupe

The Lithuanian production team were one of the most hyped groups in the underground all through 2014. In addition to being chosen as one of the winners of the Sound Avenue / Han Haak remix contest the production trio had a strong run of releases on Stripped Recordings Soundteller Records and Stellar Fountain. Their debut for BC2 looks to continue that strong run and includes remixes from Mohn (NL) and Kissoff.

Phonic Scoupe has been quiet over the first quarter of 2015 and ‘Portico Garden’ is actually their first release of the year. They’ve always had this very pure progressive sound but ‘Portico Garden’ has a bit more of a techno sensibility. It’s tough, deliberate groove and mesmerizing rhythms are quite strong. Waves of electric synths flow through the mix along with bending tones and granular designs. The break takes things to more moody territory and the third act is all the better for it. Excellent stuff from Phonic Scoupe.

The first interpretation of ‘Portico Garden’ is provided by Mohn (NL) who is making his third appearance on BC2. The Dutch producer had several highlights in 2014 with an appearance on Hernan Cattaneo’s Sudbeats Volume 2 compilation and winning Sound Avenue’s Han Haak remix competition being the most notable. Remixes for 3rd Avenue, Clinique Recordings and Inlab Recordings have gotten the year off to a great start for Mohn (NL) and his remix of ‘Portico Garden’ is also exceptional. Fluid energy and funk don’t always happen at the same time but it does here. Mohn’s liquid grooves and buzzing synths get the mix off to a great start and those deliberate claps sound fabulous. The lead motif slowly works its way into the mix and it’s brooding sensibility plays marvellously well with that funky, driving groove. A spacey main break builds some anticipation along with uncertainty and then following a quick build the enormous groove gets dropped in for a wicked finish. Wonderful remix from Mohn (NL).

The second interpretation of ‘Portico Garden’ is provided by Kissoff who is making his first appearance on Soundteller Records. Sarkis Egiazaryan aka Kissoff hails from Russia and made his production debut in July of 2013 with a release on Stereo Enchained. Much talked about in the progressive house community as one of the most talented new comers of 2014 Kissoff got 2015 off to a great start with remixes for Soundteller Records and Stellar Fountain Deep along with a single for 238West. For his ‘Portico Garden’ interpretation Kissoff has gone deep and dubby which complements the previous two versions quite well. Long wavering tones, stark beats and sections of the motif teased over the groove lead the track into the main break. Raspy vocal elements add further darkness as the break unfolds while a subtle build should keep anticipation high on the floor. Another great remix from Kissoff who continues to impress. Excellent release on BC2, one of their best to date I think.

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