01. Dark Side
03. Dark Side – Tolga Fidan Remix
04. Dark Side – Daniela La Luz Remix
05. Dark Side – Pepe Braun Remix
It’s becoming a rarer and rarer thing nowadays, especially in this fast growing, overcrowded world of music, to find well educated musicians with the ability to read music and play instruments. Kenny Leaven (real name Andreas Braun), however, is one of the few. Despite occupying his time running his own label, Elenore Records since 2009, founding and organising Erfurt’s Bayou Festival, DJing and touring, he still finds time to produce quality music. Kenny’s new ‘Dark Side’ EP for Souvenir marks his return to the label after a two year break, after releasing ‘Trident / Perseus’ back in 2013. This new release sees his sound mature and gather even greater depth and atmosphere. Title track ‘Dark Side’ is a playful, shimmering slow-mo house record, sure to leave the dancefloor entangled in its groove and rolling bassline. ‘Pine’, cuts a more dramatic path, recalling bygone Balearic euphoria and 80s italo electronic explorations. The original cuts are underpinned by three heavyweight remixes from Tolga Fidan, Daniela La Luz and Pepe Braun. Fidan’s effort takes the original and turns it into an exemplary, spacious dubbed out drum workout whilst Daniela Le Luz cues straight into the house elements, rolling out a glitchy, funked up dancefloor tool. A carefully bound remix by Pepe Braun unfurls slowly and elegantly over seven minutes to round off the EP.