Sound Avenue presents it’s first ever mixed CD compilation with label boss Madloch at the helm.

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The last five years has seen Dominique Heyninck aka Madloch in constant motion. The Belgian artist discovered electronic music in the early nineties and has been enthralled with it ever since. His early days as a local DJ in Tongeren have led him to heights that he couldn’t have imagined at the time. After creating the Sound Avenue imprint in 2011 Madloch has been on a momentous rise through the electronic music underground. The label which holds a meticulous discography of 48 releases now embodies two subsidiaries (Crossfade Sounds and 3rd Avenue) under its wing and each has become a benchmark for musical quality.

Much like the success of Sound Avenue Madloch’s production career has soared. Originally sharing the Mitrinique production moniker with Dimitri Chantzis Dominique created the Madloch alias in 2012 to explore different stylistic blueprints. 2014 saw the Belgian producer with two paramount productions, ‘Walls’ and ‘Reading Souls’, the latter written in conjunction with friend and Sound Avenue label artist Matias Vila. Electronic music luminaries King Unique, James Teej and Nikko.Z chose to remix the elusive productions both of which received critical and commercial acclaim. An increasingly busy gig schedule found Madloch travelling to Austria, Germany, Greece, Holland, Lithuania and Spain. At home in Belgium he remains one of the country’s top underground DJs where he has shared the decks with 16 Bit Lolitas, Hernan Cattaneo, Nick Warren and Matthew Dekay.

Both Madloch and Sound Avenue have developed immeasurably over the last three years which leads to the announcement of the labels first ever mixed compilation entitled ‘Sound Avenue #1’. With Madloch heading up both the A&R and programming of the mix the 15 exclusive tracks will be released on both the CD and digital platforms. Included on the collection (in order of appearance) are Pedro Aguiar, One Of Them, Andrew McDonnell, Hot TuneiK, Daraspa, Beat Syndrome, Peter Makto & Gregory S, BP, John Debo, LOM, Desaturate, Float & Vid Marjanovic, Guy Mantzur, Kastis Torrau & Arnas D and Riza & Sensoreal.

Being a consummate programmer Madloch aptly chooses Pedro Aguiar’s ‘Cloud Nine’ to set the tone. There would be few better at providing a captivating, dubby soundscape than the Portuguese producer and ‘Cloud Nine’ certainly fits the bill. Pedro’s uniquely sculpted beats lead perfectly into One Of Them’s deep and introspective take on Madloch’s own ‘Walls’. It’s percussive groove and luminous harmonies carry a wonderful cadence which sets the stage for Andrew McDonnell’s ‘6AM’, a production that exemplifies the Canadian’s love for all things deep and groovy.

One of the standout submission’s for Sound Avenue’s Han Haak ‘Slaves In Transit’ remix competition was courtesy of Mexican producer Hot TuneiK. Although not selected amongst the winning remixes Madloch loved the vibe and knew that it would be perfect for the mix he had in mind here. It’s glacial atmospheres meld wonderfully into Daraspa’s equally enchanting ‘Antko’. The Dutch producer’s distinctive sound is at its finest here. Set against a billowing groove, a myriad of intriguing motifs flow through the piece and lift the mix to new sonic levels.

One of Sound Avenue’s long standing artists Beat Syndrome then serves up his subversive ‘Eagle’, led by a soulful sax theme and esoteric vocals it marks what is one of the Canadian’s most musically rich productions to date. With a firm grip on the dance floor established we are then graced with productions from Peter Makto & Gregory S and BP. The former a deep techno piece entitled ‘Fagus’ toughens the proceedings up a notch and flows perfectly into BP’s hauntingly beautiful take on ‘Liitjia’ by Finnish talent Antti Rasi.

Sound Avenue then welcomes US house legend John Debo to the family with ‘Reticent Hues’; filled with moody electronics and melancholic overtones it leads to a piece by one of Argentina’s most underappreciated talents LOM. As one of the collection’s most subversive tracks ‘Lonely Time’ proves to be a foreshadowing of great things to come as Desaturate’s ‘Inundate’ works its way into the mix. This new project of Janko Dragovic from Progress Inn showcases a refined approach on the progressive sound and takes the mix to an even more compelling place. Two producers continually at the top of their game Float & Vid Marjanovic contribute ‘Auris Interna’ next. As two of Serbia’s most creative producer’s the duo’s blend of fluid rhythms and spacey melodies has never sounded better.

With the mix now approaching its apex Guy Mantzur’s edit of Tero Civill ‘Sacred Girl’ gets dropped in. Originally released on Sound Avenue’s 3rd Avenue offshoot the Israeli star has tailored it for maximum dance floor effect. Already featured heavily by Guy in his 2014 sets the epic roller is now available for the first time here. Already members of the Sound Avenue family Kastis Torrau & Arnas D return and deliver a smashing interpretation of ‘Too Late’ by Terje Saether & Malin Pettersen. The Lithuanian duo are on point again with their distinctive club grooves and electric atmosphere which bring a burning energy to the peak of the mix.

Closing out a mix compilation is a tough thing, finding a track to encompass the vibe of the previous hour and somehow bring it to new found emotional heights is no easy feat. Ri Za & Sensoreal’s ‘Bright Light Piano’ is one such track however. The aptly titled piano construction carries a radiant vibe with a bevy of timeless qualities and most of all an end of the night sensibility. It rounds out an on point mix from Madloch and gives you a look at not only some future Sound Avenue releases but a DJ who you’re going to be hearing a lot more about in 2015.

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