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Blood Groove & Kikis' "Wonderland" artist album proved to be one of Silk's proudest releases to date. The Latvian duo demonstrated why they are being hailed as one of the leading acts in progressive at the moment, with stunning compositions that range from pensive and chilled to uplifting and euphoric. Our imprint is thrilled to present two brand new remixes by AWD and Gregory Esayan of "Afloat", one of our favorite cuts from the album. This particular track features the effortlessly lush vocals of Richard J Aarden.
Rising British talent AWD has experienced a breakthrough year, with radio support from the likes of Chicane and BT. For his second contribution to our imprint, he offers an adrenalin-fueled interpretation. The track jumps out of the gate with a layered bassline, soaring chord progression, and poignant piano arpeggio. Meanwhile, Richard J Aarden's sensitive and soothing voice echoes above. The vocalist is offered a full solo in the main break, where the heartfelt lyrics are especially moving. The drop to follow is flat-out explosive.
Russian veteran Gregory Esayan, a sensational progressive artist who has contributed to various Silk divisions in recent years, offers a more chilled mix. Acoustic guitar and percussion, coupled with Richard's wonderful vocal, are featured in the introduction of the song. At the quarter turn, a more up-tempo groove emerges, as well as a variety of ethereal vocal stabs. The main break is breathtaking, as Richard's titular vocal hook, "Keep it afloat", soars above a sun-soaked soundscape.
Beatport release date: August 4th, 2014
iTunes release date: August 18th, 2014
Genre: progressive house, trance
Stores: Beatport, iTunes, JunoDownload
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01 Blood Groove & Kikis feat. Richard J Aarden - Afloat (AWD Remix)
02 Blood Groove & Kikis feat. Richard J Aarden - Afloat (Gregory Esayan Remix)
Gorm Sørensen, Judge Jules, Kenneth Thomas, Ruben de Ronde, Aeron Aether, Dash Berlin, Full Tilt, Raz Nitzan, Markus Schulz, Blake Jarrell, Shawn Mitiska, Dan Stone, tyDi, Jaytech, Ad Brown, Tjerk Coers, Shingo Nakamura
Blood Groove & Kikis: http://soundcloud.com/bloodgroove-kikis
Richard J Aarden: http://soundcloud.com/richardjaarden
Gregory Esayan: http://soundcloud.com/gregory_esayan
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