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Madloch & Subnode – Utopia [Sound Avenue]

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Sound Avenue opens the fall season with a new single from label boss Madloch and frequent studio partner Subnode. Having been paired since the summer of 2018, the creative synergy between Madloch and Subnode has continued to grow. The Belgian duo have released eight originals and a remix since beginning their collaborative partnership. Their borderless approach to production has found the duo in the creative space between house and techno, oftentimes with a glacial, dubbed-out quality that appeases the underground's most discerning tastemakers. Now following their A Short Moment' single to commemorate Another Life Music's 100th release, Madloch and Subnode return to their comfortable home of Sound Avenue with Utopia', alongside remixes from Hernan Cattaneo and Soundexile and Microlot.

Getting underway with the original mix, Madloch and Subnode combine their extensive forces for a cosmic slice of progressive house. From its full, wavy groove comes driving percussion, liquid-like rhythms and hazy harmonics. Evolving with power and class, placid atmospheres and looping vocals provide a colourful backdrop for a landscape of striking electronics. A majestic break sits at the heart of the journey, concise and expertly crafted, it's gentle effervescent glow builds, as an icy drawl marries evolving percussive arrangements for a commanding drop and thrilling finale.

The first interpretation of Utopia' is provided by Hernan Cattaneo and Soundexile who make their label debut. With a partnership that now spans well over a decade, the Argentinean trio sit firmly amongst progressive music's elite guard. Hernan Cattaneo needs little introduction and has become known to electronic music lovers simply as El Maestro. He is one of the world's most beloved DJs and his Sudbeat label is widely regarded as one of the best in its field. Soundexile are a Buenos Aires based production duo who have been crafting unique and inspiring electronic music since 2006. The pair are also accomplished DJs, having shared the booth with Hernan Cattaneo, John Digweed, James Zabiela, Dave Seaman and Henry Saiz. Now partnering up with Hernan once again, the trio make their Sound Avenue debut and provide a stunning take on Utopia'. Electrically charged with thumping kicks and a tighter take on the groove, it's energetic prowess beams brightly. Binding rhythmic flow with dynamic tones and sweeping effects makes for a sleek yet commanding first act. Colourful overlays heighten the senses as pixie-like melodies fade in and out of coherence leading into the break. Grandiose and soothing in equal measure, tasteful modulation highlights the centrepiece, elevating mood before getting washed away as the groove rolls forward towards a stirring final movement.

The release concludes with Microlot making his label debut and providing the second and final interpretation of Utopia'. Hailing from Australia, Luke Warren aka Mircolot crafts thoughtful music for deep souls and dreamers. Evocative textures, organic grooves and a heavy dub influence are just some of the traits that are synonymous with the Sydney resident. His highly stylized sound has found favour with the underground's premiere tastemakers and led to releases via Seven Villas and Seppuku Records. Now adding Sound Avenue to his resume, Microlot debuts on the Belgian imprint with a late night take on Utopia'. Organic beats and dusty percussion serve to anchor the journey, as reprocessed vocals and meandering atmospheres unite across a colourful soundscape. Drifting further into the cosmos, the main break melts down to a marriage of otherworldly vocal musings and thoughtful textures. Nostalgic in nature, this quiet calm projects an optimistic radiance, as waves of percussion and granular sonics cue a meditative finale. A heady interpretation from the Aussie artist, which rounds out a welcome return to Sound Avenue for label stalwarts Madloch and Subnode.

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Release Date: 11-10-2021

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