Cassian Enlists Durante for ‘Open Up’ Remix via Rose Avenue Records
Grammy-nominated producer, DJ and mixing engineer Cassian today released a rework of his single “Open Up”, from Italian DJ and producer, Durante. Out on RÜFÜS DU SOL’s Rose Avenue imprint, the original track was released earlier this summer on Cassian’s highly anticipated debut album Laps. Drawing on his ardor for versatility, Durante retools the emotive single with raw rhythms and melodic chords, garnishing the synth-driven single with addictive percussive textures.
“Cass and I have always had a similar taste in music. I remember downloading tracks of his to DJ when I first moved to LA 6 years ago. I got to meet him when I opened for him at Sound a few years ago, and last year we got to do a co-headlining show there together. Really came full circle when he asked me to do a remix of one of the songs on his album. Cassian always sets the bar extremely high with his production, and the stems were top notch. Once I had the drums the rest of the remix pretty much wrote itself.” –Durante
The duo have shared a close friendship spanning across the studio and the stage. Celebrating the Laps release, Durante took to the virtual stage on Cassian’s album launch live stream, joining label bosses RÜFÜS DU SOL for back-to-back sets unveiling the project. The duo also previously collaborated on their remix of RÜFÜS’ “Eyes” which appeared on the band’s widely-praised SOLACE REMIXED album last year. This latest remix showcases the synergistic musical energy between both producers, as Durante elaborates on Cassian’s signature ethereal sound creating a club-ready record with technical precision.
“I don’t remember ever meeting Durante, I just remember being a fan then all of a sudden we were hanging out and making music together. We’ve made a few tunes together over the years that never saw the light of day but our first release as collaborators wasn’t until last year when we remixed Rufus Du Sol’s song Eyes. When I first heard his remix of Open Up I was surprised in the best way. It sounds like something new but feels unmistakably like Durante. Really enjoyed having it to myself these past few months but so excited for it to be out on Rose Avenue Records.” -Cassian
Flexing his artistic depth and renowned production skills, Cassian released his massively successful debut album, Laps in June. Immediately capturing the attention of influential scene-shapers worldwide, Cassian has continued on his hot streak with stunning reworks of LP originals. The first comes from Finnish DJ and producer Yotto, who retooled “Imagination ft. Tora” with climactic atmospheric tones followed by Australian sibling duo Lastlings who took on “Together ft. Thandi Phoenix” transforming the pop-forward single into a dark evocative slice of melodic tech. Cassian has cemented himself in the industry as a foundational mixing engineer for fellow Australian heavyweights including RÜFÜS DU SOL, Hayden James, What So Not, Crooked Colours, and more, and has garnered praise from the likes of LA Weekly, Billboard, The Guardian, Mixmag and beyond.
Durante’s work exudes his passion for musical experimentation, inspired by diverse works from Duke Ellington to classic Italo-disco and early Cocoon records. The sought-after tastemaker has perfected his four on the floor baselines and progressive arrangements, earning global recognition from labels including Anjunadeep, W&O Street Tracks, Earthly Delights, Nice Age, and Openers. His latest release “13 Voices” with HANA bowed on Above & Beyond’s Anjunabeats Compilation 15, in celebration of the powerhouse imprint’s 20th anniversary. Durante continues to keep busy this year with his upcoming single “Shimmer” in collaboration with London-based producer 9th House out on Shall Not Fade.