Airwave vs Astropilot – Particles of Love EP
Particles of Love is the progressive trance collaboration between a stalwart of the trance scene, Airwave and Russian psychedelic guru Astropilot. Though the track was originally released in 2012 on Airwave’s well received album, Dark Lines, it has recently received a re-release as a single, and has got the remix treatment from a number of talented progressive producers on the revered Mistique Music label.
The original is still as relevant now as it was in 2012. Airwave’s current tribal influences mix flawlessly with the atmospheric flourishes and soundscapes that Astropilot is well known for. A beatless psytrance-esque introduction perfectly showcases the blend of styles, with the thud of immense drums creating the rhythm over a bed of ambient pads and washed out chants. Though this sets the tone of the tune, it resets itself by dropping back into a bare bones percussion and bassline sequence before slowly building up once more.
As the percussion continues to evolve, so do the melodic elements. Little musical motifs are added to breathe even more life into the track. Oscillating acid lines are added to further increase the tension in what is already a perfectly structured production. The track finishes in a similar way in which it arrived, with a slow reduction of elements until only tiny flecks of percussion remain. Though the track clocks in at eight and half minutes, it definitely feels as if it is over far too quickly. This track is a real showcase of the production talents of the pair of legendary producers, and definitely captures the vibe of progressive trance of years past, something that many fans still crave.
The first remix on the Particles of Love EP is that of Mistique Music label bosses, Michael & Levan & Stiven Rivic. Though it would seem obvious that the minds behind one of the largest and highest quality progressive labels would most certainly provide a quality production, the group really go above and beyond in their take on Particles of Love. The result of their efforts perfectly captures the elements of what made the original so special, whilst turning it into a distinctly more house-oriented direction, further extending the potential of the track by allowing it be included in a wider array of sets. They use the important pieces of the original track in addition to adding their own groove and pulsing bassline.
Next up on the EP is relative newcomer Mathov. His interpretation of the Airwave and Astropilot original is far more subdued, with more extensive use of heavily reverberated pads and other ethereal sounds. All of which head towards the breakdown, which combines strings, the pads, creative use of chanting vocals and other little effects that come together to create something quite memorable. The break ends without much fanfare, with the drums and thick bassline returning to carry out the rest of the track in a more low-key way compared to the intro.
Rounding out the EP is Polish producer CJ Art, an already quite well established and respected producer in the progressive scene. His version leans much more heavily on the tribal aspects of the track, using them effectively to create additional rhythm and fills. A vocal mutters something before it drops into a psychedelic trance inspired kick and bassline combination, albeit much slower. Much like the Michael & Levan & Stiven Rivic remix, CJ Art keeps the important aspects while providing his own dancefloor oriented twist. Syncopated leads intermingle with the acid lines and the constant pounding of the bassline. Included in the breakdown is a monologue from the 2010 film Legion, which really helps to contribute to the feel and atmosphere of the track.
While Mistique Music has no shortage of incredibly talented producers, a great variation in styles was demonstrated by the producers that were asked to remix an already excellent track from some of the most respected names in the progressive scene.Available now on Beatport