Dousk is a name that has been synonymous with quality electronic music for the better part of a decade. He made his debut on Movement Recordings in April of 2011 with his remix of Chris Mozio and Nikko Z's 'Monotony' . The Greek producer then returned to the label for his first single entitled 'Stepp' in October of 2011. The track was featured in Beatport's Must Hear Progressive House records for that week and it was likely the biggest release on Movement Recordings at the time. Seven months later we saw a spectacular set of new remixes for 'Stepp' from: Luis Bondio and Cesar Lombardi, Chris Drifter and Steve Valentine, Michael and Levan and Stiven Rivic and Electrobios. The 51st release on Movement sees Dousk returning to the label for his fourth appearance and a follow up single to 'Stepp' entitled 'Akiki' which comes with remixes from: Khainz and Arnold from Mumbai.
Dousk's original leads the release off with a nice full kick, murky synths and powerful drums which add some nice bounce even before the bass line drops. A panning vocal snip along with a deep, rolling bass line then get introduced and the groove begins to form. Dousk has always been incredible at using short vocal snips to form wicked hypnotic grooves and that's exactly what's done here as several new vocal elements are introduced for a momentous and mesmerizing effect. The composition then strips itself down for a section which brings about a waning pad and vocal gates which build in tension to a nice payoff where the vocal styling smorph once again for something that is even more infectious. Educated progressive, techno, tech house and house floors should eat this right up, Massive stuff from Dousk!
The first remix is supplied by Simon Schwendener aka Khainz who is making his first appearance on Movement. Khainz is one of the biggest DJs on the festival circuit having played in: Mexico, Thailand, Japan, Brazil, Canada, U.K., Germany, Australia, South Africa, France, Italy and many other countries. Appearances on Hotfingers, Sprout, Kumquat, Iboga and Flow have further established the Swiss producer as one of the leading figures in the European techno scene. For his 'Akiki' interpretation Khainz has really overhauled the original by adding a much more jacking techno framework which should serve the peak time festival crowds perfectly. The additional sounds are as fresh as ever and with a classically subtle melodic section you should see a sea of hands in the air when this one gets dropped.
Arnold Misquitta fondly known as Arnold from Mumbai returns to Movement for his 4th overall appearance and provides the final two remixes. Arnold's Remix 1 is a floor burring progressive house interpretation that complements the previous two techier versions quite nicely. A flowing, elastic sounding bass line sits at the foundation and the groove that it comes with is floor rocking to say the least. As the composition builds waves of melodic synths waver through the mix for a killer peak time type energy. The drop is a mass of hazy melodic swirls which dissipate perfectly for the return of the gargantuan club groove which finishes the record out with the same massive energy that it started with. Arnold's Mix 2 is decided different with a much more tweaked out psy-techno vibe that is absolutely killer. A rumbling festival style bass line is surrounded by a plethora of super fresh sound design and bouncing electronics that you simply get lost in. With a big sound, hooks a plenty and that prominent vocal stab from the original Arnold's Mix 2 is an outdoor anthem waiting to happen!