Podgorica based DJ and producer Ognjen Vukovic aka AudioStorm is back with another sublime slice in the form of The Renaissance Sound Of Podgorica which follows his last outing Passenger EP. Ognjen absorbed the sounds of many artists and bands including Pink Floyd, David Bowie, Joy Division, Sting, Simply Red, Depeche Mode, Kraftwerk, Jean Michel Jarre and Mike Oldfield to name but a few and, it was these sounds that shaped his view of electronic music and his unique take. So, by the beginning of the 90s, he turned his attention towards the pioneering electronic bands of the burgeoning underground dance scene and in particular the music that was coming from Goa, India. As his interest in electronic music grew, he began to write his own tracks which are now supported by many of his childhood heroes. He now has releases on multiple labels including the legendary Bonzai Progressive, System and Baroque through to Balkan Connection, Mystique Music and Polytechnic among many others with much more to come for sure.
The Original Mix intros with a real nice, thick bass drum and slicing hi hats which settles us into the groove smoothly. Mesmerizing pads ebb and flow in the background as hypnotic synth notes take us higher. A chunky bassline comes through which really sets the groove off beautifully creating a very deep and though provoking slice. Brighter synths flutter through the sound adding texture while on the break we go deeper before the climax gets us right back into full on mode. A top notch cut that will not disappoint.
The Club Mix offers a cool alternative to the original and also features a much pacier rhythm. Nice chunky kick drums lead the way as the mesmeric pads do their thing in the background. Bright, arpeggiated synths and swirling strings give the track a definite club vibe and a dancey rhythm. Some nostalgia creeps into the sound making this a solid choice for the floors that is not to be missed.