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Progressive House Promo Pool and industry hype chart – Release Promo share their weekly must hear tracks.

Maximalism – Lost (Rafael Cerato Remix) [Dear Deer]

The latest from Dear Deer Records welcomes Maximalism to the label for a brand new EP. Hailing from Minsk, Belarus, the duo appeared on the labels ‘White’ division in March of this year with the three track ‘Enticement’ EP. Now stepping up to the labels primary platform, Maximalism presents their ‘Say My Name’ EP alongside remixes from Rafael Cerato and Kiki. It’s the Rafael Cerato remix of the b-side cut ‘Lost’ which we want to showcase here. The French artist famed for releases on Diynamic and Systematic has had another amazing year. Prolific yet incredibly consistent he’s been a mainstay of the Einmusika roster and delivers an incredible remix of ‘Lost’. The tempo comes up quite a bit and the dancefloor sensibility is pretty massive with its wonky, hook heavy flair and perfectly dialled in groove. This would work excellent as a dub but the vocals are the icing on the cake essentially, adding emotion to the cutting edge electronics throughout the seven minute journey.

Paradoks – Eternal [Timeless Moment]

Morttagua’s Timeless Moment imprint continues on a strong run this week with a new EP from Paradoks. The Belgian born, London based artist delivers three stunning creations here with none bigger than the title cut ‘Eternal’. It’s tough, groovy and definitely has a great nose for the dance floor. The piano stabs are a nice touch, quite dramatic initially, before leading to something much more emotive as the breakdown progresses. The full EP is already #1 in Beatport’s progressive house chart and definitely something which belongs in every progressive house fans collection.

Antrim & Luis Bondio – Baby Blue (Subandrio Remix) [Or Two Strangers]

The 14th release on Or Two Strangers finds Antrim and Luis Bondio collaborating on a brand new single. The Argentinean duo have been frequent studio partners over the years while also watching their solo careers flourish. Releases on Nick Warren’s Hope Recordings, Sound Avenue and Luis’ own Classound Recordings remain discography highlights. Now pairing up for the first time on Antrim’s Or Two Strangers imprint the duo present their latest studio creation ‘Baby Blue’ alongside remixes from Subandrio & Nikko.Z. As usual Subandrio delivers something quite special on his remix. A more atmospheric and trippy take on the elements has led to a decidedly cosmic sounding creation. From its full bodied groove and squelchy synths to acid tones and a spiritual break it’s a feast for the senses and perfectly story-boarded over nine magical minutes.

Sonderzug – Shout In Space (Silinder Remix) [ICONYC]

The latest from John Johnson’s ICONYC imprint finds one of the label’s longest running artists in Sonderzug returning for a brand new single. The Austrian producer and Soulkraft label boss is making his ninth appearance on the US imprint but it comes after a near one year hiatus. First up on the remixes is long time scene veteran Silinder who always brings a unique approach to each project. The Irish artist goes deeper and dubbier resulting in a great complement to the original. Sitting in a different sonic space, the main elements get chopped and reprocessed quite a lot. The melancholic tone isn’t lost however and the effects storyboard combined with a jouney-esque vibe is perhaps it’s strongest suit. Lovely interpretation from Silinder.

Li-Polymer – Broken Machine (John Cosani Remix) [Asymmetric Recordings]

Lonya’s Asymmetric Recordings returns this week by welcoming Li-Polymer back to the label for his debut single. The Portuguese artist first appeared on the Israeli imprint in September of 2016 with a remix of ‘Nefertiti’ by Denny Loco. Argentinean artist John Cosani closes the release out in style with a peak time interpretation of ‘Broken Machine’. There’s a great character overall here, very effervescent and mashy sounding, no doubt perfect for an up for it dance floor. The tension in the main break is enormous, building in a waves before ultimately culminating with a rush of quirky sonics and white noise.

Viel – A Tear In The Cloud [Magician On Duty]

The latest from Magician On Duty welcomes Viel back to the label for a brand new EP alongside a remix from Landikhan. The Greek artist has also found a home on The Purr, Submarine Vibes and Spring Tube where his deep, soulful sound has flourished. Now presenting perhaps the strongest work of his career for Magician On Duty Viel delights us with the title and showcase piece ‘A Tear In The Cloud’. It’s organic percussion, delicate musicality and dusty motifs are simply a joy to listen to and no doubt go down great on the dance floor as well. Magician on Duty is one of a host of label’s currently championing this sound and for our money are doing it in a unique and inspired way.

Namatjira – Marimbas & Angels (Nicolas Rada Remix) [3rd Avenue]

The latest from Madloch’s 3rd Avenue imprint welcomes Namatjira back to the label for a brand new single entitled ‘Marimbas & Angels’. In addition to appearing on Anjunadeep and Armada the Dutch artist has found a home on the Belgian imprint in recent years. Nicolas Rada has been one of this year’s hottest pure progressive house artists. The Argentinean producer has been a staple in Beatport’s progressive house chart and his take on ‘Marimbas & Angels’ is a good example why.  Deep and groovy, it’s rhythmic flow is undeniable and as always Nicolas’ detailed drum work really shines. Definitely one for the dance floor.

Kymatik – The Moment I Saw You [Suffused Music]

The 192nd release on Suffused Music welcomes Kymatik back to the label for his debut EP. The Berlin based artist made his debut on the Lithuanian imprint in September of 2016 with a remix of ‘Can’t Explain The Bang’ by Andrez. Subsequent releases on Hernan Cattaneo’s Sudbeat Music and Germany’s Afterglow Records have been received amidst much praise. Now making a welcome return to Suffused Music Kymatik presents his first EP for the label entitled ‘Find and Loose’. Since debuting the Kymatik alias, Torsten Fassbender of Wellenrausch fame has found a unique sonic space, one where emotion and groove is at a premium. The lead track ‘The Moment I Saw You’ showcases that wonderfully with a contoured low end and melancholic motifs. Musically distinct, it’s sombre themes and lazy rhythms connect with squelchy stabs and glistening cascades. A timely break adds drama, keeping the classy vibe intact before percussive waves and icy pads lead the track to a heavenly finale.

Cream – Labyrinth (Artfaq Remix) [Superordinate Music]

The latest release from Superordinate Music finds the label presenting new interpretations of ‘Labyrinth’ by Cream. Originally released in August of 2016 it showcased the Polish artist at his all time best with a pure progressive house production that won over old and new school fans of the genre. Now as 2017 winds to a close we find the label presenting new interpretations of the track. Leading the release off is the Argentinean duo Artfaq who are fresh off excellent productions for Proton’s Particles and Nikko.Z’s Dopamine Music. Here they bring a fresh approach to ‘Labyrinth’ with a chuggy groove and fresh vocal narrative. Clanky percussion comes in waves and tight rhythmic tones lock down the groove further. A tantalizing arp flows through a modular storyboard adding tension at timely moments before a short break delivers the final blow. Excellent remix from Artfaq.

Dimiz & Baley – Deliverance (Pacco & Rudy B Remix) [Balkan Connection]

The latest release from Balkan Connection finds the label welcoming Baley & Dimiz to the label for their debut EP. Hailing from Slovenia and Serbia respectively, the duo have worked together previously with releases on the label’s tech division and also Dimiz’s own imprint Dimiz Music. Now stepping up for their first appearance on Balkan Connection the duo present their latest single entitled ‘Deliverance’. The release concludes with Pacco & Rudy B returning to the label for their sixth appearance. The much loved Croatian duo are fresh off remixes for One Of A Kind and Stellar Fountain. Here they up the tempo a touch for a groovy, feel good progressive vibe cross the near nine minute journey. Most notably impressive is the dramatic breakdown, flowing through emotive bass swells and delicate electronics before a haunting rush of noise and drums delivers that magic dance floor moment.

Ghoeyash – Green Sense (Greenage Remix) [Stellar Fountain]

There’s something quite special happening in India at the moment and there has been for quite some time. Progressive music is really finding it’s place there and a crop of talented artists have emerged. One of those leading the underground charge is Greenage who returns to Stellar Fountain this week for his third appearance. He takes ‘Green Sense’ by Ghoeyash into his unique world of rough, driving grooves and quirky design. The lead synths are quite commanding, full of great character and incredibly dramatic in delivery, they play of off the meaty groove and cosmic effects perfectly for a powerful dance floor romp.

Chris Micali – Fall Into Place (Ryan Sullivan Remix) [Spring Tube Limited]

Progressive house fans rejoice when they see the name Chris Micali. The US artist is someone who resonates with both old and new fans of the genre and this week we find Spring Tube Limited showcasing new interpretations of ‘Fall Into Place’. Originally released on the label’s ’05’ sampler from May of this year it now gets made over in a big way by Ryan Sullivan. The South African artist and Triplefire Music label boss takes the tech house style original into melodic territory with growling synths, airy vocals and a meditative arp that transitions the piece into an exhilarating third act finale. Big remix from Ryan.

Halaros – Till We Meet Again [Soundteller Records]

Deersky’s Soundteller Records presents the fourth edition of its hugely popular ‘Vibrant Vibeland’ series this week. Spread across nice tracks it’s ‘Till We Meet Again’ from Halaros which really hits the spot. The Greek artist crafts a funky journey full of bubbly melodies and seaside atmospheres which has you floating on a different plane in no time. Definitely an artist progressive fans should keep an eye on in 2018.

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