Various Artists – Summer Sampler 2015 (Sound Avenue)

Sound Avenue’s seasonal samplers have become a highly anticipated release from the Belgian imprint.


These quarterly collections showcase a wide range of styles and sounds from some of the labels regular artists along with a few specially selected newcomers. The Summer 2015 Edition looks to be one of Sound Avenue’s strongest yet and includes tracks from Murat Ustun, Pablo Cetrini, Tero Civill and Anthony Yarranton.

The sampler begins by welcoming Murat Ustun to the label with his latest studio creation ‘Recall’. The Turkish producer has just one previous release, a collaboration with fellow countryman Mehmet Akar which was released in June of 2014. For those that loved ‘Koza’ you’re bound to love the twisted melancholic vibes of ‘Recall’. Beginning with a murky and mysterious intro it eventually gives way for some punchy beats and cutting edge electronics. A cascade of ascending stabs immediately grabs your attention before a hopeful pad elevates the emotion several notches. The main break brings the tension down for a storyboard of trippy effects that sets up a powerful conclusion. Excellent work from Murat who you’ll no doubt be hearing a lot more about in the near future.

The sampler’s second selection is provided by Pablo Cetrini who is making his first appearance on Sound Avenue. The Argentinean producer has been a mainstay of label offshoot 3rd Avenue having appeared three times in 2015. Pablo’s latest production and contribution here ‘For You’ proves to be his most accomplished work to date. Following a tough, techy intro the piece breaks into some gorgeous guitar hooks which add further intrigue to the mix. Pushing forward towards the third act, warped hooks and deconstructed vocals tantalize the senses further for what results in a tripped out conclusion of the highest order. Beautiful work from Pablo Centrini.

The third selection is provided by Tero Civill who is making his second appearance on Sound Avenue. The Finnish producer first appeared on the label with his remix of Yunta’s ‘Mindstroke’ which was released in September of 2011. More recently Tero has appeared on Nick Warren’s Hope Recordings, Stripped Recordings and Sound Avenue sub label 3rd Avenue. His contribution here is entitled ‘Sacred Girl’ which showcases his unique brand of progressive techno once again. Escalating stabs and a well carved groove set the stage for a wonderful section of broken beats and tantalizing musical themes. Raw acid growls transition the piece back into its groove before the symphonic qualities begin to rise and ultimately deliver a wonderfully spaced out conclusion. Unique and wondrous music from Tero.

The fourth and final selection is provided by Anthony Yarranton who is making his second appearance on Sound Avenue. The UK producer made his label debut in January of 2014 with a remix of ‘Waves’ by Diego Poblets. Anthony’s deep, dubby sound has been as strong as ever this with standout productions on Asymmetric Recordings, Axon, Proton Music and System Recordings. His contribution here, the mystical ‘Getting Away With It’ closes the sampler out on a strong note. Anchored by a deep kick the silky smooth groove flows effortlessly through a narrative of rhythmic motifs and pulsating hypnotics. Anthony’s effervescent designs come to life in the third act with a modular storyboard that proves to be quite invigorating. Superb stuff from Anthony once again and an excellent selection of music from Sound Avenue, just in time for your summer sets.

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