Chris Avantgarde and Kevin De Vries have linked for the first time to deliver the track ‘Mind Control’. The release marks Avantgarde’s maiden appearance on Drumcode, while this is De Vries’ second following up ‘Eternity’ on A-Sides Vol.5 way back in 2016.
Since then, De Vries has gone on to become a mainstay with Afterlife, playing their shows all over the world and releasing a string of tracks on the label, highlighted by his recent single, ‘Dance With Me’.
Meanwhile, Avantgarde is a classically trained musician, who’s apparently in hot demand for his skills composing music for films and video games, while also being drafted for an official remix of Billie Eilish. More recently stepping into the techno space, he co-produced possibly one of the year’s biggest melodic techno tracks ‘Consciousness’ with Anyma, one half of Tale of Us. The track was supported by Adam Beyer, leading to Avantgarde being square on the radar of the Drumcode boss.
‘Mind Control’ is a synthesis of both artists’ musical identities; a slice of cinematic techno imbued with a sonic arc.
Chris Avantgarde: “We wanted to create a song that combined both worlds, something both melodic that still felt club-centric and majestic with a storytelling quality throughout, but without being too high-brow.”
‘Condition’ is the accompaniment, a deft tool for DJs to play at any tempo.