Ziger – Free My Soul (3rd Avenue)

Sound Avenue’s new 3rd Avenue imprint made its debut 3 weeks ago with the very impressive ‘Omega’ from Greece’s Blusoul. The track was #1 in our overall Hype Chart and received support from Hernan Cattaneo and Darin Epsilon. The labels second release is out this week and features another talented Greek producer by the name of Ziger. Harris Zigeridis aka Ziger has had some incredible releases over the course of 2012, appearances on Baroque, Mistique, 99percent and OLD SQL have solidified his place as one of Greece’s most up and coming progressive house producers. Ziger’s first single for 3rd Avenue is entitled ‘Free My Soul’ and it comes with remixes from: Eze Ramirez, Diego Poblets and Omar El Gamel.

Ziger’s original has just reached the #1 position in our overall Hype Chart and with Hernan Cattaneo and Darin Epsilon once lending their support it’s not hard to see why. Beginning with a deep and chunky groove ‘Free My Soul’ has an immediate presence that’s perfect for the dance floor. Long sweeping vocal pads, clattering drums and airy atmospheres complement the meaty groove as it approaches the main break. The drop is brief and only serves to transition the track back to a more stripped down portion of the groove which comes back in strong. The chunky groove closes the track out with some swirling atmospheres and washed out vocal elements all in an understated way as to not take anything away from the killer dance floor appeal the track has. Amazing club production from Ziger.

The first remix comes from a rising star from the talent rich country of Argentina. Eze Ramirez has appeared on 3rd Avenue’s sister label Crossfade Sounds twice in the past with the most recent being his fabulous 3 track EP Glaslower’. His first remix for 3rd Avenue just might be his best work yet. Eze has taken many of the great elements from Ziger’s original and put a hazy sheen over them which sounds absolutely perfect. The groove remains just an infectious but the added air of psychedelia put s a new spin on the track which turns out to be our favourite on the package.

The second remix comes from Diego Poblets who appeared on Sound Avenue with his ‘Parallels & Meridians’ single just over a year ago. The Argentinean producer has also appeared on Lowbit, Stripped, Baires and Baroque over the last couple of years. Diego’s debut remix for 3rd Avenue has turned out great and complements the original very well. A tough and well constructed groove sits at the foundation while a bevy of harsher sounding synths builds some nice intensity towards the main break. The emotional content of the record changes dramatically as the main drop begins. Angelic sounding atmospheres soon fill the air for a gorgeous ambient interlude. The raspy synths then reappear to summon the beats which quickly follow. The stripped and incredibly potent groove finishes the track with just as much impact as it started. A solid interpretation from Diego.

The final remix comes from Omar El Gamel who is making his debut on the Sound Avenue family of labels this week. Currently based in Miami Omar spent several years living in Montreal, Canada where he honed his production skills using inspiration from the many DJs who frequent Montreal’s world renown club scene. Omar has already built up a very impressive discography with releases on Mistique, 99percent and Balkan Connection. For his ‘Free My Soul’ interpretation Omar has crafted a groovy, club friendly rework that’s full of wonderful atmospheric qualities. The spacey electronics are what really grab us here as they cast a marvellously trippy haze over the tough groove and the subtle harmonics during the main break really shine as well. Great remix from Omar who we hope to hear more from very soon! 3rd Avenue looks set for a similar fate as Sound Avenue and Crossfade Sounds, by year’s end they’ll be on the top of everyone’s favourite labels list. Highly Recommended. Release Promo Hype Chart #1

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