Portuguese producer 2tan returns to Elements Records with the stunning ‘South Of Heaven EP’. His last outing ‘Aokigahara’ proved popular among the deep and dark fraternity and there can be no doubt we are in for a real treat here again.
Kicking us off is the original mix of ‘1st Circle’ which intros with a darkly theme and sets the mood beautifully for this ride. A deep bass drone encapsulates the sound while all around we have very cool FX the ebb and flow throughout. Just when you think that sub bass will fade out it comes back and keeps hold. A very smooth arrangement on the drums and percussions, quite subtle, nicely padded kicks and basic hat patterns make for a smooth ride. The break releases more of that bass and then suddenly an infectious plucky bass crops up transforming the vibe brilliantly. Awesome stuff!
Next up is the original mix of ‘6th Circle’. The track comes at us with a tough layered kick and a deep sub bass coming up from below. Brilliantly arranged FX work provide a big focus to the track but this is secondary to the real deep and dark theme running through. A gritty workout ensues and the sound takes leap as a much more prominent bass sound takes over. The break offers up a wall of white noise that rises on its way to the kick back and on the way it picks up a brilliant bass sequence. Top notch stuff yet again!
The original mix of ‘Curse Of Apollo’ intros with a beautiful bubbling effect on the sound, you get the sense of the sound rising up from the depths. Nice deep vibe running through with plenty of cool FX to keep the ears trained. A hypnotic synth line plays out and becomes a major focus within the track as an ever shifting drum arrangement keeps up a solid rhythm. The bass pulsates from the deep and keeps that dark them alive. The break leads us into a new path as the sound transforms superbly into something unexpected. The cool vocal samples are a nice addition to this relentless dark groover.
‘6th Circle’ is given the remix treatment by PH Zero and what a fantastic bit of work it is. The intro sets off with a superb arp that leads us into a full on stomper as chunky kicks and smooth percussions come into play. A deeper bass runs throughout as the arp transforms itself into many shapes. A nice big stab makes a show from time to time and blends well. Super tight arrangements keep the groove solid and on the break we get more of that big stab as it takes us back into the main track, stunning remix that is not to be missed.
‘1st Circle’ gets a remix from Aqob and takes the track on a very smooth journey. Cool robotic voice intro that leads to a chunky kick with a sweeping string in behind. A truly awesome deep, lush bass runs so smoothly through the sound that you will be forced to get up and dance. Percussions begin to layer in the structure and the rhythms begin to form beautifully into a solid groover. As the track progresses the arrangement becomes intricate with the additional patterns that really give a boost. The break descends into a simple arp and string combo before that beautiful big kick and bass come powering back. A definite must have track for your deeper sets, you will not be disappointed.