Chris Avantgarde & Kevin De Vries ‘Mind Control’ on Drumcode

There's already been support from Pete Tong and Danny Howard on BBC Radio 1 last weekend.

Chris Avantgarde & Kevin De Vries
Chris Avantgarde & Kevin De Vries

Chris Avantgarde and Kevin De Vries, two rising stars in top form, have collaborated on the sublime “Mind Control” for the first time. The release marks Avantgarde’s maiden appearance on Drumcode, while this is De Vries’ second following up the excellent ‘Eternity’ on A-Sides Vol.5 way back in 2016.

De Vries has since developed into a staple of Afterlife, performing at their concerts all over the world and releasing a number of high-caliber albums on the label, highlighted by his most recent single, “Dance With Me.” Avantgarde, a musician with classical training, is in high demand for his ability to create music for movies and video games and was even chosen to remix Billie Eilish. More recently stepping into the techno space, he co-produced one of the year’s biggest melodic techno anthems ‘Consciousness’ with Anyma, one half of Tale of Us. Adam Beyer’s endorsement of the song put Avantgarde squarely on the boss of Drumcode’s radar.

The song “Mind Control” is a captivating synthesis of the musical styles of both artists; it is a stadium-sized piece of cinematic techno with a dramatic sonic arc that truly gives you goosebumps.

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 – Chris Avantgarde

Condition’ is the perfect accompaniment, a deft tool for DJs to play at any tempo.

Both songs have received extensive airplay this summer, with notable performances at Amnesia, Loveland Festival, and Awakenings.