Exclusive Premiere: Avidus – Medea (Original Mix) Hommage

Artist: Avidus
Title: Engarde
Label: Hommage
Cat No: Home034
Release Date: 3rd May 2019 (Beatport + Spotify) | 17th May 2019 (all other stores + vinyl)
Genre: House / Deep House

Hommage welcome German duo Avidus back to the label with their scintillating new EP “Engarde”. Fritz and Marc both hail from Kiel, which is 90km north of Hamburg. In their hometown, they were exploring electronic music and following their own paths, until Marc happened across one of Fritz’s tracks and decided to reach out to him.

The two men began working together and found that they shared a deep love of harmony; Fritz coming from a more classical standpoint, while Marc’s experience with rock music and DJing brings a hint of dynamism to their work. Due to release with Crosstown Rebels this year, the two men are already making waves… With “Engarde” they present two sultry originals, with remixes from Aera and Reboot.

“Engarde” works from a dour low end as organic sounding percussion rattles and taps away, keeping the vibe buoyant. A stirring riff is introduced, complementing the bassline perfectly. Gently, the duo cultivates a rousing atmosphere, taking us into an extended breakdown that lifts us up into the cosmos. As we drop back into the track, the beats are more punchy and the whole thing feels more energised.

The second original cut is “Medea”, which starts off with an unassuming rhythm comprised various percussive elements. As the main motif and bassline creep in, we’re transfixed by their hypnotic allure. Cosmic disco elements add a lively feel, while a sombre riff midway through creates an air of melancholy. Get ready for an emotional breakdown, which leads into a wistful second half with its earworm melody.

Aera steps up to remix “Engarde” adding hard-hitting beats and an electro-disco feel. The dour riff remains, keeping things emotive yet bouncy. Meanwhile, Reboot takes on “Medea”, switching things up and getting dark with his “Loftypantz Rework”. This heady remix is guaranteed to lock the dance floor into a trance, with its enchanting b-line and mesmerising pad work.

1. Avidus – Engarde
2. Avidus – Medea
3. Avidus – Engarde (Aera Remix)
4. Avidus – Medea (Reboot’s Loftypantz Rework)

Ian French
About the Author

Director and DJ, Ian French (Naif) is passionate about every genre of music from Breakbeat, to Drum & Bass, to Techno and Progressive House. If he was to describe his preferred style of music he would probably describe it simply as electronic music. Besides his love for music and DJing his other passions are fine cuisine, wine, and travel.