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Silk celebrates its milestone 50th release with the revival of a prog classic: Pinkbox Special's "The French Don't Cry". To honor this exciting moment in our label's 4-year history, it seemed fitting to pay tribute to a track of progressive house veterans Derek Howell and Peter Martin, who stand behind this project. This classic old-school tune so greatly inspired not only our label's founders, but also many of the more modern progressive artists who Silk have championed in this period. Not surprisingly, then, we have invited our founding artist, Mango, and Abdomen Burst both massive fans of the original tune as well as celebrated progressive veterans in their own right to offer their personal interpretations.

The timeless Original mix begins with a weightless, lost-in-the-stratosphere soundscape, while a very deep low-end propels the track along. Various pad effects are layered throughout the first half of the tune, as the beat gently retreats into the main break. There, we are treated to a gorgeous pad-based (and beat-less) soundscape, that evokes the escapist vision of a lost world. This inspired sonic journey continues to resonate today as a genre-defining masterpiece.

Label standout Mango, whose signature sound has, in turn, influenced so many modern progressive house artists, offers the first of two renderings. A gentle, beach-side rhythm is developed early, complemented by Mango's classic chords, which enhance the "no worries", end-of-summer mood. In the main break, a light arp adds greater melodic textures, while Balearic chords offer a breezy uplift. The Russian star, indeed, reminds us that "prog used to be special", but also can just as easily remain so.

Abdomen Burst, one of the pioneers of the modern progressive breaks sub-genre, follows with a sonically groundbreaking take. Arguably more a dubstep record than "breaks", this 'Softbit' interpretation centers on a tenacious, oscillating sub and a plethora of layered, heavily distorted glitch and vox samples. As the track progresses, there are various "movements", all of which showcase Mr. Burst's immense talent for sound design. In the main break, the track takes a "wicked" turn, as a massively moody bass progression is introduced, with diabolically delayed vox and synth stabs swirling above.

Cat#: SILK050
Release date: December 27th, 2011
Genre: progressive house, dubstep
Format: digital
Stores: Beatport; Junodownload, Itunes (two months later)

Tracklist & YouTube Previews:
01 Pinkbox Special - The French Don't Cry (Original Mix)
02 Pinkbox Special - The French Don't Cry (Mango 'Prog Used To Be Special' Remix)
03 Pinkbox Special - The French Don't Cry (Abdomen Burst 'Softbit' Remix)


Flash Brothers (Agnosia)
Mango mix is cool & deep

Sunn Jellie (Armada, Silk, Nellie, Perceptive, RRBR)
Stunning package! In love with all versions! Thank you!

Claes Rosen (MOS, GU, Unreleased Digital, Mondo, Brown Eyed Boys, Stripped Digital)
nice nice

Faskil (Frisky, Morphosis, Jetlag Digital, Polytechnic, microCastle, FeralCode)
Brilliant EP. Original is my pick.

Darin Epsilon (Perspectives, Armada, microCastle, Perfecto, Black Hole)
Original and Mango mixes are the ones for me. Good sound and texture in both versions.

Ben Coda (Unreleased Digital, Baroque, Whartone)
Mango remix for me, nice pack!!

Alex O'Rion (Terminal-4, Black Hole)
Nice minimal work from Mango, as always. )

Aeron Aether (Solaris, Nocturnal, Proton Music, Silk Music)
Great remixes, thanks!

Urban Breathe
Abdomen Burst is good.

East Cafe
A real classic for sure, love both remixes. AB is sick

Micah (Ruhnsong)
Another great release! thanks

Sezer Uysal (MOS)
Abdomen is doing for me ! dope remix !

Michael Witness (Deep Blue, Bonzai, Silk Music, Deepsessions, Spring Tube)
monster tune!

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