Last week we released a new EP from our Finnish friend Antti Rasi “Liitäja” including remixes from BP, Speaking In Tongues & Matias Vila.
Review by Mitch Alexander
The 84th release on Madloch’s Sound Avenue imprint finds the label welcoming Antti Rasi back to the label for a brand new single. The Finnish artist last appeared on the Belgian imprint with a remix of ‘Buen Dia’ by Matias Vila which was released in December of last year. Now returning for a much anticipated follow up to his ‘In My Dreams We Are Numb’ EP Antti presents ‘Litaja’ alongside remixes from Speaking In Tongues, Matias Vila and BP.
Long regarded as one of the most underappreciated talents in the underground Antti’s unique sound shines once again on ‘Litaja’. Beginning with a deep, organic and utterly engaging groove you’re taken on a spellbinding eight minute journey. Astral effects and mallet-like motifs set a unique mood early before a cross-cultural vocal enlightens the senses. As it’s wobbly groove grinds forward, scattered drums and frayed percussion add to its swing heavy appeal, before further variation on the vocal takes things into trippier territory, carrying nicely into the main break. Delicate and beautiful yet filled with moments of timely tension the track’s centrepiece is a story unto itself; with broken beats, shifty rhythms and a trail of vocal decay leading to a buzzing finale. No doubt the finest work of Antti’s career and a production to be enjoyed many times over.
The first interpretation of ‘Litaja’ is provided by Speaking In Tongues who are making their Sound Avenue debut. The Los Angles based duo have impressed since their formation in 2014 making London’s Motek Music one of their primary homes. Now fresh off a remix of Miyagi’s ‘Mezcal Lane’, Speaking In Tongues make their much anticipated Sound Avenue debut with a stunning interpretation of ‘Litaja’. Decidedly more techno inspired, the duo lays down punchy kicks, rugged bass stabs and trails of spell binding effects. The vocal theme is showcased with an effortless flair, indistinct in fashion, flowing through spaced out gates and cosmic spirals before carrying into a brilliant third act finale. A heady interpretation from one of the underground’s freshest acts and definitely a duo to keep a close eye on as 2017 moves forward.
The second interpretation of ‘Litaja’ is provided by Matias Vila who is making his sixth appearance on Sound Avenue. Since his debut for the label in 2012 the Argentinean artist has found a home on the Belgian imprint, completing three remixes and five originals (two of which were collaborations with label boss Madloch). His creative work has become a favourite amongst intelligent progressive DJs and with just one new production sitting on his discography for 2017 his remix of ‘Litaja’ is all the more anticipated. Played out over ten magical minutes it’s a storyboard of dramatic themes and psychedelic audio which tantalizes the senses every step of the way. Deep, compelling and acutely mysterious it’s organic qualities and richly textured groove make for a lovely first act. Broken rhythms then initiate the main break where it’s mystical charm grows through eerie motifs, rising to a subtle drop which takes you further down the rabbit hole. A stunning interpretation with remarkable depth and one that you’ll want to get lost in several times over.
The third and final interpretation is provided by BP who is returning to the label for his second appearance. Originally released on Madloch’s Sound Avenue 01 CD in March of 2015 it showcased the Belgian artist at his all time best. With a primary focus on his Lost Desert alias BP productions have become all the more precious making this a must have for any electronic music aficionado. Anchored by punchy kicks, wobbly tones and a backdrop of hazy effervescence, the first act brings a special atmosphere and keen dance floor sensibility. It’s mystical charm and cross cultural flair melds wonderfully with the main themes before a break filled with soulful psychedelia foreshadows a spiritual finale. A timeless rendition from BP which rounds out another must have release on Madloch’s Sound Avenue imprint. Highly Recommended.