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We've been singing the praises of progressive breaks specialist Abdomen Burst for years now, and following a brilliant recent rendering of Pinkbox Special's "The French Don't Cry", we hope 2012 proves to be a breakthrough year for this Russian talent. His latest single, "Changes", is a collaboration with newcomers Malevich and Yavanndiel. The song begins with a gorgeously processed percussionsection and a gurgling, outer-worldly bassline. Various other atmospheric effects and side-chained pad sounds enter the soundscape, as well as a variety of high-octane spoken-word effects. As the song approaches the main break, the drums and bass filter out, and we are left with a few breath-taking, fluttering arps, the gentle cry of a female vocalist, and the poignant sounds of an electric guitar.

Russian newcomer Malevich offers a prog trance alternative to the original, with a DJ-friendly intro and rich bassline groove. Most of the main melodic motifs from the original are included, as are a few new arp lines. The main break, however, is the real treat; Malevich has processed the vox effects in a highly innovative fashion, a stuttering array of stabs that string together gorgeously. The drop to follow is also breathtaking, as a beautiful new lead is introduced.

English artist Fretwell, the first remixer in the package, has production credits spanning a decade, and the sophisticated sounds of his rendering reflect this experience in the breaks genre. His interpretation is centered on a lighter breaks rhythm and a repeating, hynoptic bassline groove. Forlorn female vox punctuate the mix, as do a variety of pad effects. With only a short break in the latter half of the track, the energy in this one crescendoes steadily, and thus the overall aural experience is quite moving.

Polish artist Monojoke has been with Silk since our early days, and his contributions have been supported on radio by the likes of Above & Beyond, James Grant, Matt Darey, and many more. His remix begins with an extended, beat-less intro, in which the subtle melodic tones and celestial effects are left to stand alone. A prog breaks rhythm slowly creeps in, as does an edgy bassline. We also are treated to the incisive guitar from the original mix, which once again fills out the main break. As to be expected from a Monojoke production, numerous other atmospheric and melodic layers continue to be added as the track progresses.

Cat#: SILK051
Release date: April 3rd, 2012
Genre: progressive house, breaks
Format: digital
Stores: Beatport; Junodownload, Itunes (two months later)

Tracklist & YouTube Previews:
01 Abdomen Burst feat. Malevich & Yavanndiel - Changes (Original Edit)
02 Abdomen Burst feat. Malevich & Yavanndiel - Changes (Malevich Remix)
03 Abdomen Burst feat. Malevich & Yavanndiel - Changes (Fretwell Remix)
04 Abdomen Burst feat. Malevich & Yavanndiel - Changes (Monojoke Remix)


Slang (Spring Tube, Movement, Digital Sensation UK)
Original is great! From remixes - Monojoke's version. Will support! Thanks.

Evren Ulusoy (i! Records, Plastic City, Loco, Moodmusic)
monojoke is the 1.Thanks.

Kobana & Hatchet (Proton Music, Particles, Silk Music)
Original is my pick here. cheers

Vadim Soloviev (Intricate, Anjunadeep, Armada)
Original is nice.

Kazusa (Mango Alley, Silk Music, Proton Music)
Malevich Remix is nice!

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

Terry Da Libra (Enhanced, Silk Music)
Original & Fretwell , thanks!

James Warren (Baroque, Proton Music, Olaris, Silk Music)
Tasty ep. Good to see some quality prog breaks. Original, Fretwell and Monojoke hitting the spot.

Duane Barry (Digital Sensation UK, Polytechnic, Morphosis, Mistique, Flex)
ah yeahh this reminds me of Silk from back in the day! Awesome breaks release from some great producers of the scene

Dapple Apple (Silk Music, Particles, Apollo, Highway)
Great to hear breaks from Silk! I remember this solid original from russian breaks maestro. And remixes from Fretwell and Monojoke are wicked!

Gai Barone (Afterglow, Armada)
love the atmosphere! thanks

East Cafe
Pure beauty... Thank you very much!

Burufunk (Burufunk Music, Shiznit, Journees Music)
Absolutely wicked!!

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